Michael Burns



Conservation Easement Donor: Cambus-Kenneth Farm, Boyle County


Michael Burns is a former child actor who starred on the popular television series Wagon Train in the early 1960’s.  In his early 20’s, Michael left television to follow his passion of history, graduating from the University of California and earning his Ph.D. from Yale University.  He became a professor of modern European history at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.  He is a renowned author of Rural Society and French Politics: Boulangism, and the Dreyfus Affair. 


Since 2002, Michael and his wife, Elizabeth Burns, have resided in Boyle County near Danville, KY, where they have restored the Cambus-Kenneth Estate, a crop, cattle, and thoroughbred farm.  The 535-acre estate is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is permanently protected with a conservation easement. 


Michael is currently on the executive board as Bluegrass Land Conservancy’s secretary.  As well as a member of the Thoroughbred Club of America and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association.




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