A Day in Paris, KY

Part 1 On this particular day, we started our trip a little later than usual, arriving in Paris right at lunch time.  We stopped off at Trackside Restaurant and Bourbon Bar.  This was a planned stop as the restaurant is housed in the Paris Train Depot, built in 1882.  The Paris Train Depot The ParisContinue reading “A Day in Paris, KY”

Liberty Hall Historic Site

Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House are situated on a 4 acre lot within the quaint streets of downtown Frankfort, KY just blocks from the Kentucky River. Liberty Hall was the first home built on the property by John Brown, United States Senator for Kentucky. John Brown Historically Significant Individual John Brown (1757 –Continue reading “Liberty Hall Historic Site”

Traveler’s Rest

Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site In 1792, Kentucky became an independent state, separate from Virginia, and Isaac Shelby was sworn in as its first governor. Shelby’s Early Years Isaac Shelby, was born December 11, 1750, in Maryland. He and his family later moved to Fincastle County, VA (present day Bristol, Tennessee). Around 1773, ShelbyContinue reading “Traveler’s Rest”

Logan’s Station

Frontier Protection In the early days of Kentucky County, the frontier was dotted with stations and forts built to protect settlers from Native American attacks. Forts, such as Ft. Boonesborough and Ft. Harrod, were larger fortifications usually built around a spring, allowing multiple families to settle in an area. Stations, like Logan’s Station, were smaller,Continue reading “Logan’s Station”

Hillforest, a Manion on a Hill

Hillforest, an Italian Renaissance beauty from 1855, sits on the hillside of the very quaint town of Aurora, Indiana.  (That’s right, I said Indiana.  We’ll call this post Kentuckiana Historic Travels.)   Aurora is a river town, sitting along the Ohio River, just under 2 hours from Louisville.  We heard about this beauty when visiting DinsmoreContinue reading “Hillforest, a Manion on a Hill”

The Early Frontier

The William Whitley House State Historic Site Around 1775, Col. William Whitley (a soldier, pioneer, and sports enthusiast) and his wife Esther crossed the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky County through the Cumberland Gap. (Prior to this, Whitley had traveled into Kentucky County with George Rogers Clark, in an expedition against Native Americans in the NorthwestContinue reading “The Early Frontier”