See the Kentucky Holiday Lights

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Holiday LightsKentucky really becomes something of a winter wonderland between Thanksgiving week and New Year’s Eve. A full list of all the Kentucky holiday lights would be too long, so we thought a short-list of some of the more well-known displays from around the state might be fun.

The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights
The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights, located in western Kentucky, features over 700,000 lights

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Dive Into Newport Aquarium

November 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Dive Into Newport Aquarium!If you’re walking along and suddenly realize there are sharks overhead, either you’ve take one step too many off a pier – or you’re in one of the Newport Aquarium’s underwater tunnels!

Newport Aquarium, in Newport, Kentucky, turned fifteen this year and remains a favorite destination for both young and old – how could it not be! Along with the transparent, underwater tunnels that make you feel as if you’re in the water with all these magnificent animals, Newport Aquarium features a host of exhibits that will amaze, educate, and fascinate you – some of which you’ll find nowhere else!

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Celebrate an 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough

November 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough Step back in time this holiday season with a visit to Fort Boonesborough in Richmond, Kentucky to celebrate an 18th Century Christmas!

A visit to Fort Boonesborough is always educational and entertaining but, if you can make it during the 18th Century Christmas exhibition, you’re in for a real treat!

Fort Boonesborough was a frontier fort in Kentucky, founded by Daniel Boone and his party of 31 men who were charged with the difficult task of clearing a path through the Cumberland Gap.

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Dig Up Good Times with a Portal 31 Mine Tour

October 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Portal 31 Mine TourHave you ever wanted to explore the tunnels of a coal mine while riding in a rail car? Well, now you can with a Portal 31 Mine Tour in Lynch, Kentucky!

Coal mining is a dirty, dangerous business that helped fuel our nation’s growth and remains an important part of our history and economy. There is something exciting and mysterious about those subterranean tunnels and delving into the depths of the earth to harvest natural resources.

A Portal 31 Mine Tour will give you a taste of cola mining’s dark and daring world from aboard a real rail car, dressed in the official, protective gear of coal miners!

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Visit Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center

October 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Muhammad Ali CenterMuhammad Ali is remembered as one of the greatest, heavyweight champions of boxing history. Now you can revisit his career – and his extensive life outside of it – at The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.

Most of us know about Muhammad Ali – or Cassius Clay, as he was originally known – through his singular achievement of being the only boxer to ever achieve the World Heavyweight Championship three times; the controversies surrounding his joining the Nation of Islam and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War; proclamations that became indelibly associated with him such as “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee;” the sad irony of his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

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The Kentucky Simpsons Connection

September 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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The Simpsons. Twentieth Century Fox

The popular, animated, FOX television show, The Simpsons, has long had a running joke regarding what state its main characters live in. There are a number of contenders, from Oregon to Florida – but our favorite contender is a lot closer to home. Is there a Kentucky Simpsons connection?

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

September 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical ParkIllinois may call itself the “Land of Lincoln” but only Kentucky is home to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th and perhaps, most revered US President after George Washington, was born in a small cabin in Sinking Spring just south of Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. When he was just two, his family moved to Knob Creek Farm, northeast of Hodgenville, where they remained until 1816. This time they moved north, across the Ohio River, to what is now Spencer County, Indiana. Lincoln was just 7 years old.

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Lexington’s Jewel – The Headley-Whitney Museum

August 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Headley-Whitney MuseumThe Headley-Whitney Museum’s fascinating and diverse collection of jewels, artifacts, shells, books, and much more has long been an icon of art and culture in Lexington, KY.

Founded by jewelry designer, George Headley and his wife, Barbara Whitney in 1968, the Headley-Whitney Museum features rotating exhibits, a gift shop, events, and educational workshops on 13 acres of beautiful grounds that also happen to be the perfect picnic spot!

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Step Into Another World at the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

August 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Pleasant Hill Shaker VillagePleasant Hill Shaker Village is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States – and it’s right here in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region!

The Shaker religion – officially the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing – was founded in 18th century England as a branch of the Quaker community. They came to be called “Shaking Quakers” due to the physical expression of their religious ecstasy during worship and the name “Shakers” eventually stuck. Having mostly faded away as a society, due in part to their belief in celibacy, Shakers are known primarily in the US for their simple living aesthetic, particularly as it is expressed in their architecture and furniture.

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Finger-Lickin’ Good – The Harland Sanders Museum and Café

July 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Harland Sanders Museum and CafeColonel Sanders and his secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken are an iconic part of America – and so is a visit to the place where it all began: The Harland Sanders Museum and Café in Corbin, Kentucky.

It’s such an integral part of America that most of us have the delicious aroma of a bucket of Colonel Sanders’ original recipe, Kentucky Fried Chicken imprinted on our memories – if not sitting on the kitchen table right now, waiting for us to get off the internet and dig in. But wait … the popular restaurant and American tradition had to start somewhere. Was Colonel Sanders a real person?

You bet he was, and he got his start in Corbin, Kentucky.

Harland “Colonel” Sanders started his career as an accidental restaurateur in the early 1930’s via operating a gas and service station in Corbin.

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