Kentucky. My home state. Born and raised. It really wasn’t until my daughter, now 14, was born, that I began to really see Kentucky for its beauty and history.
I remember my parents taking my brother and me for day trips on the weekends to various places throughout the state when we were young, and I wanted to provide similar experiences and memories for my own daughter. So, at the age of 2, I loaded her in her car seat, and we headed for Lexington to the home of Henry Clay. Yep, I took a 2 year old on a tour of a historic home! She was very well behaved, and she loved it! She has been traveling with me ever since. Every Friday, of every summer, we took off for a “field trip” somewhere in the state to learn of its history… and I fell in LOVE with my state.
Now, we continue this tradition, but we’ve begun bringing along my mom for these trips. Three generations of Kentucky girls, in the car together for the day, traipsing around the hills and hollers of Kentucky, learning as much about the history of this beautiful state as we can; from the first explorers, to the first settlers, to the Revolutionary War and beyond. We now joke that it is not a good trip if we do not end up in a cemetery at some point along the way!
My hope for this page, is to take you to all the places I have been. To teach you of the history of these places and show you the beauty that can be found there. In hopes that you too will fall in LOVE with my state. Whether you are born and raised, or just passing through, I hope you will come to appreciate it too! All of these historic places are public and can be visited and/or toured. (It’s very frustrating to read about fabulous places, only to learn they are privately owned, or you must be a member of the club!) I hope some of these places will inspire you to load up in the car, and take a trip for the day. Show your children or grandchildren, maybe your niece or nephew, the beauty and history of the state. Grab someone to take with you! A day trip just isn’t the same without a travel buddy.
Welcome to Kentucky Historic Travels…. we are going places!