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 somewhere in 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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Covington Kentucky’s MainStrasse Village

July 21st, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

MainStrasse Village in Covington, KentuckyHankering for a little old-world charm? Visit Covington, Kentucky’s MainStrasse Village and you’ll find yourself whisked back in time to a charming, 19th century, German/American village.

Between 1840 and 1845, Covington’s west side was the scene of a dramatic population boom when an estimated influx of over 200 German and Irish immigrants a day began to arrive, doubling Covington’s population in just five, short years. This influence, primarily the German one, led to the heritage of what is known as MainStrasse Village today.

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Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum

January 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Derby MuseumThe Kentucky Derby Museum is not your fusty old dad’s museum, let me tell you.

Located just outside the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, the two-story museum’s first-floor underwent some serious renovations after the damage caused by the flood in 2009 – and we are the winners.

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Dinosaur World Kentucky!

January 9th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Dinosaur World KentuckyIf you’re cruising along in Cave City, Kentucky and suddenly see the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex peeping down at you through the vegetation, don’t scream but do pull over – you’re at Dinosaur World Kentucky!

Dinosaur World is the name of three outdoor museums, one in Plant City, Florida, one in Glen Rose, Texas, and the third right here in Cave City, Kentucky, where you can get up close and personal with life size replicas of the amazing, gigantic creatures that once walked the Earth.

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The Creation Museum’s Christmas Town

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The Creation Museum's Christmas TownThe Creation Museum’s Christmas Town offers a unique, in-depth look at the biggest holiday of the year – Christmas!

A free attraction, the popularity of the Creation Museum’s Christmas Town has grown tremendously since opening in 2008. 25,000 visitors toured the exhibit in 2011 alone!

Witness reenactments of Joseph and Mary caring for the newborn baby Jesus in a first century house Nativity scene; listen as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, describe her experience of hearing about two famous birth announcements; hear as a temple guard relate his transformation from darkness to belief during a murderous mission to Bethlehem; encounter one of the magi and hear of his life-changing journey to visit the Child King.

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Lights Under Louisville

December 11th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

MEGA Cavern Lights Under LouisvilleDeep beneath Louisville a light is shining …er, make that 2,000,000 lights: it’s Lights Under Louisville!

Lights Under Louisville is the world’s only fully underground, drive-through, Christmas light show and it’s held in Louisville’s MEGA Cavern.

Louisville’s MEGA Cavern is a man-made attraction; it started out in the 1930′s as “Louisville Crushed Stone,” a limestone quarry that yielded over 42 years worth of rock for the state’s construction projects. During the 1960′s, Louisville’s MEGA Cavern was seen as a potential bomb shelter, able to withstand not just nuclear attacks but jet-liner crashes, tornadoes, and other end-of-world scenarios. Instead, in 1989 it was purchased by a group of investors who saw other potential uses and the massive, limestone quarry’s 4,000,000 square feet of space was slowly repurposed into an environmentally-conscious, high security commercial storage facility and much, much more.

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Paducah, Kentucky Designated a UNESCO Creative City

December 6th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

UNESCO logoUNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated Paducah, Kentucky, the world’s 7th city of Crafts and Folk Art. This means that Paducah is now a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!

Paducah, well known for its artistic population of quilters, painters, potters, culinary artists, print and jewelry makers, is now one of only three cities in the United States to have earned the Creative City designation and is one of only 41 cities world-wide with the designation.

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Edgar Cayce’s Hometown – Hopkinsville, KY

November 30th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Edgar Cayce was born and spent his formative years in Hopkinsville, KY

Edgar Cayce was born and spent his formative years in Hopkinsville, KY

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) the “sleeping prophet” and “father of holistic medicine” may be the one of the best known psychics of the 20th century – and sons of Kentucky.

Managing to bridge the gap between eastern mysticism and western Christianity, Cayce gave psychic readings for more than 40 years but credited his powers to a strong Christian faith and dedicating his life to spirituality.

Cayce was born on a farm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and it was here, as a child, that he first began to become aware of his psychic abilities. Claiming to not only see spirits but also to converse with them, he displayed the uncanny ability to memorize books by simply sleeping on them. What I wouldn’t have done for that ability during my school years …

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Mind the Gap – The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

November 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Almost 300,000 pioneers passed through the Cumberland Gap between 1760 and 1850

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park gets its name from the Cumberland Gap, the gateway to the West: a wide, low point in the Appalachian Mountains right around where the Kentucky border meets those of Tennessee and Virginia – and it’s a pretty incredible section of the country.

This Cumberland Gap has long been a migration point for larger animals hoping to go north or south through the mountains – and by larger animals I mean things like deer, bison, and people like you and I.

Native American tribes used the gap for both trade and war on each other. Settlers used it to move west – between 1760 and 1850, historians estimate that almost 300,000 American settlers passed through the Cumberland Gap.

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Big Bone Lick State Park – Salt and Mastodons

November 20th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Big Bone Lick State Park

Big Bone Lick State Park – Salt and Mastodons

Just south of the Kentucky/Ohio border, in the North River Region of Kentucky, is a fascinating stretch of land known as the Big Bone Lick State Park.

This funny sounding name has a couple of origins. First, a “lick” is a place with salt in the ground where animals converge to literally lick the ground for the salt necessary for their diets.

But what about “Big Bone”?

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On Track with The Kentucky Railroad Museum!

November 8th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Railroad MuseumThe Kentucky Railroad Museum in New Haven, Kentucky is a great place for railroad enthusiasts of all ages!

With 22 miles of rail running through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley, 6 functioning locomotive engines, and over 100 units of “rolling stock” – or cars – the Kentucky Railroad Museum is not to be missed.

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Kentucky Wine – Looking Vine, Doing Grape!

October 4th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Wine

When you think of Kentucky, it is natural to think of bourbon but did you know that Kentucky is the birthplace of America’s commercial wine industry? You can be forgiven if you didn’t but it’s true – the first vintage was enjoyed in 1803 by, among others, Thomas Jefferson.

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Ziplining Kentucky -
Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease

September 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

There are lots of things you can do in while vacationing in our state – but few are likely to be as exciting as ziplining Kentucky.

Most people probably don’t realize it but ziplining (also known as “an inclined strong,” “flying fox,” and “Tyrolean Crossing”) was actually invented out of necessity as a method of conveyance. Used in remote and impassable areas in the wilderness, ziplining allows gravity-fueled transport for goods and people that might otherwise never reach their intended destination.

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The 14th Annual Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival

September 20th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Get your clogging shoes ready – the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival is right around the corner: September 26th, 27th & 28th 2013

From the looks of the way things have shaped up, the 14th Annual Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival should be even bigger and better than previous years – but no surprise, there: all this festival has ever done is grow to outshine the previous year’s festival! The line-up of talent grows with every festival, even though the ticket prices have remained affordable. That’s probably why it’s often referred to as the “Best Little Bluegrass Festival in the State.”

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The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

September 13th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

The Louisville Slugger Museum: You’ll know you’ve come to the right place when you see the 120 foot tall baseball bat leaning against the building.

The first Louisville Slugger bat was created in 1884 by a 17 year old kid named Bud Hillerich. Legend has it that he created it for Pete Browning, star of the Louisville Eclipse. Browning had been in a batting slump and then broken his own bat during a game Bud attended. With advice from Browning, Bud hand-crafted the bat from a single slab of wood. The next day, Browning broke his slump with three hits and the very first Louisville Slugger.

In the 130 years since, the finely crafted pieces of smooth white ­ash have become famous the world over. Baseball’s biggest stars have used Louisville Sluggers and many players, professional or amateur, will accept no other.

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Explore Mammoth Cave National Park

September 5th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park offers tons of activities both above and below ground.

4000 years have passed since the first human entered Mammoth Cave’s labyrinth of interconnected caverns and passages. We know little about that first visitor but no one’s questioning why they entered the cave in the first place because it’s so obvious: sheer curiosity. One simply cannot help but want to explore the vast, fascinating world that exists below the lush, rolling hills of Kentucky’s Green River valley.

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