President Jimmy Carter tours Ark Encounter

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Former President Jimmy Carter paid a visit to the Ark Encounter construction site Friday in Northern Kentucky.

At the invitation of his close friend and Habitat colleague LeRoy Troyer of the Troyer Group, who is building the Ark along with some Amish craftsmen, the 39th president and Nobel Peace Prize winner toured the 510-foot long life-size re-creation of Noah’s Ark. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter also walked through the three decks of the Ark.

The Ark Encounter theme park, with the Ark as its centerpiece, is set to open in Northern Kentucky on July 7 in Williamstown, south of Cincinnati and right off I-75.

President Carter praised the quality of the work and shared his impressions of the project that his architect friend Mr. Troyer has designed and built for Answers in Genesis: “The Ark is remarkable. And it’s some of the best wood-working I’ve ever seen. My friend LeRoy Troyer has done a tremendous job.”

Ken Ham, the Ark’s visionary and the CEO of AiG, expressed his excitement about the president’s visit today: “It was a thrill to have a special time of fellowship with President Carter as we chatted and walked through the Ark. We have admired his carpentry skills for many years, and it seemed that he appreciated the incredible craftsmanship that is on display at the Ark, along with its massive amount of wood.”

In addition to the Ark structure, the first phase of the Ark Encounter to open July 7 includes Ararat Ridge Zoo (with a petting zoo), a 1,500-seat restaurant, a gift store under the Ark, and a zip line course that will eventually run a total of nine miles.

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