Stanford Travel Guide

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Stanford Things to Do

  • Old time religion

    Stanford Presbyterian Church - Founded in 1788, is one of the oldest Presbyterian congregations in the state. The original church on this site was destroyed in 1838 by a tornado. The present church built in 1888.

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  • History History History

    Formed in 1780, Lincoln County is one of Kentucky?s three original territories. Named in honor of Revolutionary Army Officer Benjamin Lincoln who was asked by Congress to conduct the war in the southern states. The original territory of Lincoln comprised about one-third of the state but was reduced by cutting off sections to form other counties...

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  • A step back...

    Coleman's drugstore is a step back in time. While the store has changed over the years, spreading its wings to better serve its community, it has not lost its charm. Owners Alfred and Jackie Pence have taken great care to see that each visit is not only pleasant, but memorable. While waiting for the counter person to make a soda and sandwich, one...

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  • Close to my heart

    Baughman Mill - Built in 1884 with the logs from the first steam mill in the county, known as Buffalo Mill. This one is especially wonderful and sad for me. The mill has run down from what it once was (one of the many businesses that have been killed by big-box stores). I used to play here as a child with one of my friends. Her family owned the...

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  • Reading through the years

    Harvey Helm Museum & Library - Built in 1788, this historic library/museum was one of the first houses in Stanford. Originally served as first church in Kentucky, a home in the 1930's and then a library in 1965. Opened in 1971 as it is known today.A great number of the local court records have been relocated to the library for public convenience....

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  • History is alive!!!

    The old Lincoln railroad depot has been beautifly restored to it's original splendor. There is also a museum inside that has railroad memorabilia, mostly on loan from local residents.The original structure built in 1866 and replaced by the existing building in 1912. Is being used as a museum and community center with park and trail. It is available...

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Stanford Restaurants

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    by Little_Lou_Lou Written Jul 13, 2008

    A Stanford institution, I used to go here every time I visited with my Grandmother as a child. They have the OLD fountain drinks, still made by hand and stirred with a spoon. You can get anything from an orange aid to a chocolate coke. There is a strange phenomenon each day at around 2:00 in the afternoon, there will develop a group of giggling blue haired ladies at one of the tables drinking from the original 4 ounce Coca Cola glasses used in the 30's. The same ritual occurs earlier in the day (around 10 am) with the older men, but it's not nearly as entertaining. These ladies will tell you their life stories and they are absolutely worth the hearing!

    The menu consists of deli sandwiches including homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese. Literally, the Pences make it at home each day, so it is hard to beat!

    Favorite Dish: Definately the chicken salad and an orangeade.

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Stanford Shopping

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    by Little_Lou_Lou Updated Jul 13, 2008

    Gilliland Flowers is located in historic downtown Stanford. Owned by Nancy and Rodman Bradshaw since 1998, the designers have over 100 years of combined experience. This spacious and elegant shop offers a range of products including flowers, locally made candies, chimes, and other beautiful gifts. At the store front, is a sign that offers a free rose if yours is the name of the day. The owners welcome you to come by and view the variety of wares and to visit in a friendly atmosphere.

    What to buy: Chimes
    Custom made arrangements
    Balloons
    Knit throws
    Mom Blakeman's Pulled Candy
    Potted plants
    Candles

    What to pay: Prices vary with size and type of work.

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Stanford Warnings and Dangers

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    by Little_Lou_Lou Written Jun 7, 2007

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    Apparently there have been flocks of pink flamingos sighted in the area. Beware! They set up camp for three days and then mysteriously disappear.

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Stanford Favorites

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    by Little_Lou_Lou Written Jul 13, 2008

    Favorite thing: While Stanford is a small town, it does have several local media outlets. My two favorites are WPBK and the IJ.

    Both websites have links to local businesses and community events.

    Fondest memory: WPBK is a relatively new station, so not a huge number of memories on that. The IJ however, has lots! I have clippings with everything from my birth (my grandparents lived there), to my elopment and births of my children. Good times...

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