Lara Early Thornbury is a true native of Clark County with ancestors dating back to the founding of Winchester in 1773. She holds a Bachelors in Agriculture and worked for several years at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. To stay current in the cattle industry Lara also became a Master Cattlemen.
Lara’s love of history and historic preservation started at a young age and grew in her career as Executive Director of Winchester First, a downtown development program. She served as head of downtown revitalization efforts for the City of Winchester for almost seven years and became a regional captain for the Kentucky Heritage Council, overseeing 13 central Kentucky communities.
As Winchester First Director, Lara implemented several signature events – the most popular being the Beer Cheese Festival. She just sold her 20th building in downtown Winchester in 2020.
Lara and her husband, Chris, have two children – Robert Harris and Frances Cate. They also own three historic commercial buildings in downtown Winchester, which they are always renovating. She loves selling and leasing all types of commercial property in smaller markets around central Kentucky, as well as helping bridge the gap between locals and outside investors. Lara serves as Vice President of the Fortnightly Club of Winchester.