East of Frankfort is the Switzer Covered Bridge. It's a Howe Truss that has been restored and is no longer in use for vehicles. There is parking at both ends and you are able to walk across it.
Kentucky as lost most of it's covered bridges. Less than an dozen still exist. This bridge was nearly destroyed by a flood and has been restored. To see this bridge take US 460 east from Frankfort about 4 1/2 miles (7.2 km) to Forks of the Elkhorn. Here, you'll find Switzer Road (left turn only). It's just past the bridge where the North & South Elkhorn River meet. Go north almost 4 miles (6.5 km) and you'll see the bridge where the road dips down. It's on the left (north) side of the road. It's also accessible from the town of Switzer, a half (0.8 km) to the east.
The Salato Wildlife Education Center had a very nice natural history type of museum explaining the river sheds, the geology and the native animals (some stuffed specimens) and plants of the region including some aquaria - one of the tanks had a HUGE antediluvian looking turtle. There were also some mating toads, and live specimens of the three types of venomous snakes of the region
On the little zoo area outside were some 'non-releasable animals, like a bald eagle with only one wing. There was a little leaflet that explained about the various animals, which included bison, elk, deer, bobcat/lynx, and wild turkey. We saw all of them except the turkeys.
Admission was FREE - Donations are welcome
Sunday and Monday -- CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday -- 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We stopped at on overlook so I could take photos of the capital. I heard music being played over the loudspeaker, but didn't know exactly why. When we drove down into the town, we found out. There was a march from the old capital to the new capital by the AFL-CIO who were demonstrating about (I don't know whether they were for or against) a Right To Work law that was being proposed or voted on.
There were signs about the capital (building, places to see, history of Franklin County) on the overlook. One said:
Site Surveyed July 16, 1773
General James Wilkinson
Virginia Legislature Oct., 1786
Chose Capital of Kentucky
More than Five hundred people are burried at the Frankfort Cemetary, and sixty four of them are considered to be famous.
215 East Main Street
KSU (Kiss You) Kentucky State University is one of the oldest colleges that has best exemplified the embodiment of diversity. Their graduating class is fairly evenly split among racial lines.
Their campus architecture is also diverse. Stately stone buildings next to brick castles, glass and steel structures down the way from ivied brick facades. Take a half-hour and just drive around campus, shooting a few pictures as you go. Quick, easy, relaxing, fun.
to get there:
I-64 to the US60 exit, go north on US60 (Versailles Road) until it jogs west and becomes Main Street, go west onto Main St. and see the college
This Frank Lloyd Wright house in Franfort, KY is a private home, unavailable for tour but you can unobtrusively walk down the street and view/photograph without being a pest.
The architecture of this home is nearly the same as two of his homes that are in my hometown of Rochester, NY. One home is at the corner of Dewey Avenue and Edgemere Drive and overlooks the lake. The other Rochester home is on East Avenue. This one in Frankfort is at 509 Shelby Street.
to get there:
I-64 to US127 exit, go north on US127 to US60, go east on US60 (winds and jogs)
US60 intersects with the north end of Shelby Street. take Shelby Street south to the house.
This is out in the boondocks about half way between Franfort and Lexington.
I did not know which Travel Guide to put it in, so here it is.
But if you are into Birding then this can make a great daytrip from either city.
Getting there is half the fun.
I-64 exit 58, south on US60 for one block and connect to Duncan Road (route 1681), go west then south on route 1681 for about 3 miles (you will pass through the town of Millville); connect to Watts Ferry Road (route 1964) and go west on route 1964, go past Millville School about one mile then turn north onto Germany Road; go north 1 mile and see park signs.
There are fields, woods, wetlands and ponds, so dress appropriately for the season and the day.
There are no facilities (welcome to the country) therefore you had better pack a lunch and have a water bottle (maybe a first aid kit just in case).
Most of the trails are short beginners trails so you have little worry of getting lost, but it is always prudent to buddy-up with someone.
Depending on the season (spring and fall are best), you will see a good selection of birds not native to the area. This is because this part of Kentucky is on the central U.S. flyway of some of the migratory birds.
A quirky addition to the west lawn of the capitol building in 1961, this clock is 34 feet in diameter and feature a minute hand that is 20.5 feet long and 550 pounds in weight. The hour hand measures 15.5 feet and 420 pounds. How groundskeepers keep their balance while tending the flowers is beyond me.
Well, if you go to Frankfort, you can put in on a small creek and drive your boat onto the Ohio River, then onto the Kentucky River. It is an awesome ride. We did this, my dad and his friend driving the boat up to a camp, and my and my girlfriend taking it back down. How we did so is complicated, so I'll just say it is a beautiful ride.
Page’s Shoe Shop is the place to have backpacks, shoes, belts, etc. repaired. Stop in and look around, the inside is a Museum. A good place to buy used shoes. Across from the Old Capitol.
KENTUCKY HISTORICAL CENTER: The picture shows the foyer of the Kentucky Historical Center in Frankfort. The focus of the area is the large outline of Kentucky which is inlaid into the floor.
Thanks to the staff of the Kentucky Historical Center for permission to take this photograph.
The Salato Wildlife Education Center, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife would be of special interest to those who enjoy hunting, fishing, or bird watching. However, it is worth a quick stop by those passing through Frankfort. Admission is now free. The Salato center has a small zoo containing some native wildlife, snakes, turtles, fish and a wildcat, deer, turkey, buffalo and elk. Two bear cubs are great fun to watch. They remind me of two boys chasing each other and wrestling. There are also picnic tables and and a small fishing lake stocked by the Department of fish and wildlife nearby. The center is located on U.S. 60, North of Frankfort. The summer hours are 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m, Tuesday to Friday, Sat, 10:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays. The Salato Center also sponsors special programs for children and adults. Call (502) 564-7863 for more information.
This ugly, boxy building with seven pillars in front served Kentucky from 1830 to 1910. The front of the building features no windows. What, was glass is short supply in 1830?
The governor's residence is located next to the state capiol building, I guess so he can keep an eye on all those rascally pols. This Beaux Arts building features a nice front yard garden.
EARLY TUNNEL IN KENTUCKY/
FRANKFORT UNION STATION
opposite Kentucky Historical Center, Broadway & High Street, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Historical Marker #1955