In the early 19th century areas of Western Kentucky was a major producer of pig iron. The forests supplied hardwood for fuel to smelt iron ore which was mined locally into ingots of pig iron which was then shipped away for additional refining. One of the interesting areas of the Land Between the Lakes is the ruins of the Great Western Iron Furnace.
Driving from the North side of the Park the road to the furance is on left side of the road about 6 miles from the entenance. Watch for the sign.
Land Between The Lakes
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY 42211
Davis was born near Fairview, Kentucky, in Todd County. The Jefferson Davis monument was erected near his birthplace in the early 20th century by veterans of the Confederate Army. Today it is a Kentucky State Historic Site.
It is located in Fairview, Kentucky, in Todd County, nine miles east of Hopkinsville along U.S. Highway 68. The focal point of the site is a 351-foot tall concrete obelisk. During the 1990's the momument was shut down for repairs and to install an elevator.
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site
Highway 68 E
Fairview, KY 42221-0157
There are many small Amish communites in central Kentucky. In Casey County there are Amish owned furniture stores, high-quality crafts, produce and baked goods We enjoy shopping for fresh fruit and veggies in these stores which are grouped along Ky. 910, which extends between the small towns of Phil and Windsor.
Do not ignore the resorcefulness of these hard working folks, take a look at the horse powered ice cream freezer.
On October 21, 1861, Confederate General Felix K. Zollicoffer moved his troops up the Wilderness road in eastern Kentucky toward Richmond and Lexington. Union troops under General Albin Schoepf were dug in in the mountians North of London blocking the route to the Bluegrass. The resulting battle became known as the Battle of Wildcat Mountain. The Battle site is about 9 miles North of London, Kentucky. From I-75 watch for the exit sign to Wildcat Mt Battlefiels.
A walking tour for the Battle of Wildcat Mountain is available from the National Forest Service (606) 878-6900 or the London Tourism Commission
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The Battle of Mill Springs, also known as the Battle of Fishing Creek in Confederate terminology, and the Battle of Logan's Cross Roads in Union terminology, was fought in Wayne and Pulaski counties, near current Nancy, Kentucky, on January 19, 1862. From Somerset, Ky tke highway 80 West to Nancy, Ky. about 10 miles. In Nancy watch for the National Cementary and Visitors center and turn left, South, at the next intersection. Watch the road signs for guides to the battle field.
Confederate Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer’s was sent to guard Cumberland Gap but advanced west into Kentucky to strengthen control in the area around Somerset. The battle begin on a foggy morning when Confederate troops blundered into Union pickets along a small stream on the West side of the Cumberland river.
Battlefield Association PO Box 282 - Nancy, KY 42544
The mill at Mill Springs is a very large part of the Civil War Battle at Mill Springs. The Southern troops were on the South side of the Cumberland River at the mill. They crossed over the river where they ran into the NOrthern troops. I seperated the mill and the battlefield in these tips because they occured on different sides of the Cumberland River.
Take Highway 90 South from Somerset, Ky to highway 1275. The mill is to the right near the Cumberland River.
Battlefield Association PO Box 282 - Nancy, KY 42544
Camp Nelson was a large Civil War supply depot for the federal army just South of Nicholsville, Kentucky. Each fall in early September, there is an encampment at the historical site, civil war buffs, dressed in Northern troops set up camp for the week, cook over fire pits, shoot their cannon, sing 1860's songs, play an 1860's version of baseball and just generly have an 1860's ball.
Take US 27 South about 5 miles from Nicholsville to the historical site. Road side signs mark the location. US 27 is a divided highway at this point and you have to cross over the North bound lanes to reach the frontage road.
In addition to the encampment there is a year around Heritage Site with a restored Civil War era home and a new museum.
The Battle of Tebbs' Bend was fought on July 4, 1863, The same day that Union Victories took place in Vicksburg and Gettysburg. John Hunt Morgan had led a raid into Central Kentucky near the Green River in Taylor County, Kentucky. Despite being badly outnumbered, elements of the Union army thwarted repeated attacks by the Confederate troops.
Take Highway 56 South from Campbellsville toward Columbia. About 5 miles out of Campbellsville watch for a blue and white sign on the right side of the road for Tebb's Bent. If you miss the sign and cross the Green River look for another sign on the right that will put you back on the Tebb's Bent loop.
The Cumberland River is the main drainage from the area known as the Cumberland Gap North West to the Ohio River. The Falls are located about 100 miles down stream from the Cumberland Gap. Today there is a Kentucky State Park located at the falls which provides lodging. The biggest draw for the Cumberland falls is the moonbow which is visible on certian nights when the moon is just right. The park maintains a schedule of the nights that the moonbow may be visible.
The falls are located on US 27 between Whitley City, Ky and Somerset KY.
The church was orginaly the Mills Creek Baptist Church, John Mulkey was the first preacher. By 1809 a controversy arose over the teachings of John Mulkey who believed in a strict organization that he found in the Bible. Thisl heresy trials but failing to gain a majority vote against him, the church decided to "choose sides." The majority of the group that believed as Mulkey did continued to worship in the church, which after the split, or schism, became known as "Old Mulkey." The other congregation built the second Mill Creek Baptist Church. The movement encouraged the establishment of the Disciples of Christ and Church of Christ in the United States.
Old Mulkey State Historic Site
38 Old Mulkey Park Road
Tompkinsville, KY 42167-8766
Located in the Daniel Boone National Forest and towering above a forest woodland, the 50 by 9 foot NATURAL ARCH was formed by the erosion of wind, water and ice, that cut away the soft sandstone and left a hard rock cap that arches dramatically across the sky.
The arch's surrounding 945 acres were once home to prehistoric groups and later the hunting grounds of the Cherokee Indians.
Panoramic View Trail ( 0.55 miles ) begins at the parking lot, terminating at a scenic overlook.
Directions: Take US 27 south from Somerset for 21 miles, turn right (west) on Ky 927 and follow signs for 4 miles.
It was absolutely worth the little detour.
While I wouldn't recommend coming to Richmond for the sole purpose of visiting the winery, if you're already there then it's a good place to stop at. It was just a matter of time. AND it’s located on one of my favorite roads-Poosey Ridge. (Yeah, the address says “Barnes Mill” but it’s Poosey.) It’s still fairly new but the restaurant is really good. We had lunch there and for Richmond they have quite an extensive menu. The winery is located on eight acres of beautiful land and is open daily from noon to 7:00 pm. They offer tours of the winery and free tasting. Opinions vary as to the quality of the wine but they’re still young yet and trying to find their feet. Some people really like the merlot but I find it a bit strong. I am more of a sparkling wine person myself and although theirs isn't quite as fruity as I like, it has potential. I just love trying out local wines wherever I am. You can take a picnic there if you wish. Some of the wines that they carry are:
Take Barnes Mill Road out of town. Cross over the little creek and go up the BIG hill. When you get to the top, the winery is down on the right.
Note: photo taken by me
McHargue's Mill was built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It stands on the banks of the LIttle Laurel River where it intersects with Boone's Trace, a historic pioneer road built by Daniel Boone. This authentic working reproduction mill is open and in operation Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is free. Visitors can buy fresh stone ground corn meal at $2.50 for a two pound bag.
The most notable thing about the mill is that the paths leading up to it are lined with the "Library of Mountain Millstones," the largest collection of old millstones in the United States. A few of these are of European origin, having been brought to America by early immigrants. The stones in the mill itself date back to 1805, and were carried by wagon or ox cart over the original Wilderness Road. There are many more millstones than I was able to capture in this photograph. It's am impressive sight to see.
The mill is located at the entrance to Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, 998 Levi Jackson Mill Road, London, KY 40741. London is on I-75 in southeastern Kentucky.
There are a couple of reasons to go to West Liberty: the Sorghum Festival, the Bluegrass Festival, and Cave Run Lake. It is fairly easy to get to fromthe Mountain Parkway and the roads around it are quite scenic.
West Liberty is the county seat of Morgan County. Currently, it has around 3,000 people. The name West Liberty always confused me because the town of Liberty is actually west of West Liberty which should have made West Liberty “East Liberty.” But no, this is not the case. In actuality, the county seat of Pike County was going to be called “Liberty” so this town really would have been west of it. Back in its heyday it was a hopping little town with an active downtown area and the Sorghum Festival in the fall. Now, like many other small towns, the downtown area has pretty much dried up. Although, they still have the Sorghum Festival in September. The problem with West Liberty’s downtown drying up is that they don’t have anywhere else to go. With Richmond, they built the Bypass and businesses relocated there. They also have a mall and other sources of businesses around town. West Liberty only had downtown and when it started going, the whole town started going. You definitely won’t see a subdivision here.
Cave Run Lake is very close to West Liberty and there is also a nice scenic drive from West Liberty to Ezel. Broke Leg Falls is only a few short miles from Ezel. The Sorghum Festival goes on the last full weekend of September.
I have a West Liberty page that is in progress for the moment if you want more pictures.
Valley View isn't on the way to anywhere, unless you are taking the ferry over from Jessamin County to Madison County or vice versa. And I really suggest that you do. Although there isn't much to see in Valley View (okay, there isn't ANYTHING to see in Valley View) it is still worth it to take the ferry ride.
There are several things that set Valley View apart from other communities of long ago around Richmond. One is the Valley View (car and people) ferry that is still in operation today. You can ride it from Madison to Jessamine county and it is free. The other thing is that if you are a fan of Cassius Clay and his history, this is the town where he first met his fourteen year old wife, Dora. (He was in his eighties which is another reason that Cassius himself was the man.) Although Dora’s home place no longer exists, it is her celebrity that gave the town a bit of a boost in the early 1900’s. Today, nothing remains of the town that once was. Still, it is worth driving down and taking a look at the ferry and a lot of the old buildings are still standing. As you might have noticed, I have a fondness for old houses, towns, and country drives. If you are into that as well, then by all means check out this small community.
Note: On the way, you will pass a place that USED to be a community. So much, in fact, that it had several churches, a school, and a factory. Now NOTHING remains except for a church. You can’t even see any ruins. Amazing how something like that can just dry up and disappear.
I have a page devoted to Valley View that this information came from. I have more photos on it if you want to check them out.
Stayed here while in town for a boat show free parking, and great weekend rates* discounted apply...more
The sleeping accommodations at the hotel were average. The king bed was reasonably comfortable, but...more
We crossed into the Eastern Time Zone, and got gas in Indiana before we crossed into Kentucky....more