Bardstown: Capitol of Bourbon
While Scotch and American wheat spirits are fairly well distinguished, there's more of a debate about what the difference is between Whiskey and Bourbon. Regardless, in the region of Bardstown are made some of the world's best spirits, by a variety of aging and blending techniques, but typically using charred American oak 50 gallon barrels. Bardstown is a great place to start because there's the Marketplace in town where, for $25- one can taste several samples. Then, the customer can purchase them. These are not bottles found elsewhere in the world that I know of. I bought two fifths of single barrel bourbons, aged for a long time, for about $60- each.
If you aren't into drinking, then the antique stores and historical Bardstown will keep you busy. This place is one of the oldest towns in Kentucky.
Bardstown is about 40 minutes south of Louisville. Take I-65 south to KY-245 and follow the signs into town.
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- Food and Dining
Pay Your Respects to Col. Sanders
Col. Harland Sanders, famous fried chicken magnate (well, mascot, anyway) is buried at the Cave Hill Cemetery, beside his beloved wife, Claudia. My brother said he expected the headstone to resemble a bucket of KFC, but instead it is a bust of the good Colonel.
Cave Hill National Cemetery - Don't enter the cemetery by the Baxter Ave entrance - that is for a separate part of the graveyard. Use the entrance on Grinstead Drive instead. As you enter the cemetery, turn right and follow the yellow line; it terminates at the grave.
Saint X-Trinity High School Football Game
One of the biggest rivalries in the area, next to U of L and UK basketball, the St. X/Trinity game is attended by many locals, even those who never attended either school. Played in late September at Papa John's Stadium, it's always a great game and a good time. Both are excellent schools academically, and they often rule the field regardless of who they play. I believe you can buy tickets at the gate.
AA Toy Bowl
Every year at Trinity High School, the Catholic grade schools of the city square off in the AA Toy Bowl. It's not a major event by any means, not like the St. X/Trinity game, but it's popular with the families.
West Point, Kentucky
The Ohio River crowdes against the hills as the valley narrows at West Point. This little town has a real place in the history of Kentucky. In the early 1800's flat boats set out from here to carry goods down river to New Orleans, one of the flat boaters was Thomas Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father.
During the Civil W#ar years West Point became a major Union supply depot and the headquarters for General Sherman's army.
West Point is located on the Banks of the Ohio River about 20 miles down stream from Louisville on US hwy 31W.
Fort Duffield Mountain Bike Park
In the hills around Fort Duffield there are over 10 miles of mountain bike trails. The hills are hevely wooded and some of the trails are quite steep, but all in all it is a good bike park. The Park is located about 20 miles South of Louisville, Ky on US hwy 31W. At the South side of West Point watch for the side road turning to the left, across traffic. The bike park is set to use the hills around Fort Duffield but the Fort itself is off limits to bikes.
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Fort Duffield: Civil War Earthen Fort
Take US 31W South out of Louisville to West Point, about 20 miles, as you pass out of West Point watch for the sigh to Fort Duffield on the left hand side of the road. The Fort was created by General Sherman in 1861 to protect the Union supply at West Point and to keep the Confederates from railing Louisville. The short paved road from US 31W leads to a parking lot and the trail head to the fort. Fort Duffield overlooks the Ohio River and was the perfect place to install the Union Cannon to control the river. The hike from the parking lot to the fort is about 1/4 mile up a fairly steep grade, take your time, the trail is paved and the view and fort at the top are worth the hike.
FRIENDS OF FORT DUFFIELD
16706 Abbott's Beach Rd
West Point, KY 40177
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For outdoor gear, climbing,...
For outdoor gear, climbing, camping, biking, hunting, and other sports, go to Galyan's at Oxmoor Mall, on Shelbyville Road right off the Watterson. Galyan's has good prices on some things, some things not as good, but they have a good selection.
Also, if you are looking for a more experienced staff, people who have used what they sell, and know about the products, more so than Galyan's, visit Quest for the Outdoors.
They have two locations, one in The Summit shopping center at US 22 and the Gene Snyder (I-265, aka 841), and one on Frankfort Avenue right across from the public parking lot, Irish Rover and all that good stuff.
Cave Hill Cemetery
I remembered that Robert Carson Hewett was buried in Louisville, and thought I would look at his grave. I looked the grave site up on the internet and found the locations. After we stopped about 12 for lunch, we went to the cemetery.
We found the cemetery OK, but had to follow the wall all the way around it before we could find an entrance. I stopped at the guard booth to get a map, but he told me to go into the office for one. After we got the map (it is a VERY large place), we drove up to that section and discovered that there were some graves there that we didn't expect. Both the mother and father of J. Sidney Anderson Hewett were there along with several of her siblings and their spouses and children. R.C. Hewett had a large obelisk in the center of his plot I found out later that R.C. Hewett was one of the directors of Cave Hill.
In addition to the map to our family graves, there is also a map to show you the graves of famous people that are there. One of the famous people is
Harland Sanders (1890-1980) was perhaps the most recognized personage in the world. At an age when others contemplate retirement, he set out to franchise his pressure-cooked fried chicken. When the Colonel (by governor’s commission) sold Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1964, the company continued to market his image on every corner of the world. He made many rich in business and his quiet philanthropy made many well-particularly children
There are 3 different Guided Walking Tours: Historical; Horticultural; and Modern section. Dates for these tours are:
Historical: April 2, May 7, June 11, July 9, and October 1
Horticultural Driving: April 23 and October 22
All dates are on Sundays, and the tours begin at 1 pm.
General Overall Driving: May 28 and September 10
Cost of this walking tour is $25 / person, reservations are required in advance. Proceeds will benefit the Cave Hill Cemetery Preservation Fund.
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- Family Travel
I just took a great ride...
I just took a great ride today, Much better than the ride along River Road to the Riverwalk path. This one starts at Cherokee Park, at the corner of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Avenue, and rides along Beargrass Creek for a while. It is great. Anyway, you come out at the dead-end of Locust road. Remember the name of that road and turn right onto a larger road, I think on to Spring Street. Follow the road until you first see downtown, then soon get to the Waterfront Park, and keep going west along the river on the path that goes past Joe's Crab Shack and the Belle and Star of Louisville. Soon you will come upon the locks on the left, and, passing those, the trail will continue to a road. Go on the road and take a right under the bridge. Keep going. There will be, soon after, another road heading to the right. Pass it by just a little and you should see the trail to follow. Soon you will come up under the Sherman-Minton Bridge. Keep right and follow the trail. Here it goes into the woods somewhat. Read the ground, there are signs. Continue, following the trail. It forks right and left, take the left. Now it really gets into the woods. Today, the second of June, 2002, the trail soon became mud. We decided to walk our bikes upwards (away from the river) and on to a golf course (Chickasaw Park, I think). I wouldn't advise riding here, although we did, trying to find the path. Then, turn around and go back, unless you find the path and can go to the end of the county. It was a great ride, and well worth any effort put into it. It isn't difficult, not too hilly, and in all it is about 23 miles, roundtrip!
I wouldn't recommend this to females riding without at least one male, or any single rider, male or female... not that it's dangerous, it's just secluded and you can't be heard too well over I-64's noise.
Cycling in Louisville
Louisville is soon to get $3.8 million in trail improvements and new trails, thanks to the mayor's plan to get us all fit. Well, as a cyclist in Louisville, it's about time. There are a few trails one can ride, from Cherokee Park to the Waterfront Trail, totalling about 25 miles, if you ride a ways past the end of the trail. Be careful on the trail though; it goes through the rougher end of town. The Louisville Bike Club offers rides most every day. These group rides often use roads and can vary in length and difficulty but are good rides. Check out the website http://www.louisvillebicycleclub.org/vip.htm for contact information, or to join. They have a list of rides at http://www.louisvillebicycleclub.org/touring.htm. Helmets and all are required, but any level is welcome, just pick a ride that fits your style.
Hopefully the new trail system will enhance what we already have, and Louisville is becoming more cyclist-friendly, but is slow.
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There are a few movie theaters...
There are a few movie theaters in town. I will talk mainly about the three main ones, where most tourists would be.
Showcase Cinemas: Closed on Bardstown Road. Stonybrook is open on Hurstbourne Lane and has an IMAX.
From the Watterson Expressway, follow signs for Cincinatti/Gene Snyder Expressway. On the Gene Snyder, head south (right) (look right and you should see the back of it) and drive until you get to Westport Road. At Westport Road, take a right. The first chance you get to turn right, do so, and follow the road to a four-way stop. Go straight, and soon you will see the Tinseltown on your right. $7.50/$4.50 matinee
For older films that are no longer out in the two main theaters, go to Village 8. There you can watch movies for about $2.00. To get there, from the Watterson Expressway, go north on Breckenridge Lane. Turn Right at the light onto Breckenridge Lane, and right again at the next light onto Dutchman's Lane. Go straight through the next light, and at the next light, turn right onto Dupont Way. You will see a Chinese restaurant and Village 8 on your left.
Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center
Learn about the history and geography of the Ohio River at this state park on the Indiana side. The Ohio River was formed by glaciers during the last Ice Age.
Louisville began as a small settlement along the rapids of the Ohio River, Pioneers had to remove their boats from the river, haul them overland to a safe spot below the rapids, and place them back into the water. So a camp grew up along the riverbank, which George Rogers Clark officially named Louisville, in honor of the French King Louis XVIII (that's because he had helped the new country to defeat Britain in the Revolution).
This park is across the river from Louisville, just below the McAlpine Dam. The address is:
201 West Riverside Dr.
Clarksville, IN 47129
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Louisville Water Works
Built in the 19th century as a standpipe to deliver water to Louisville residents, the Louisville Water Tower is now a National Historic Landmark. Resting on the banks of the Ohio River, the spacious facility also is home to one of Louisville's best known contemporary art centers, the Louisville Visual Arts Association. In the photo, the white line in front marks the high-water mark of the 1937 flood.
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I think that a trip to Ft Knox...
I think that a trip to Ft Knox is worth a visit. You can't actually get in the gold Vault, but it is interesting to look at. Not far from the Gold Vault is the Patton museum of Armor/Cavalry (my former army branchs of service). The museum has interesting exhibits, static displays and is located in a large park perfect for a picnic..