Midway, Kentucky

Not too far from where I live is an adorable, historic railroad town. Midway, KY is a charming town with colorful buildings, antique shops, gallery stores, restaurants, and more!

The railroad tracks run through the center of town.

Midway, KY was the first town established by a railroad. The name “Midway” derived from the fact that the town is a midpoint between Lexington and Frankfort. The first train reached Midway in 1833. Many of the streets in the town are named after Lexington and Ohio Railroad officials. Midway was incorporated in 1846.

Midway has a population of less than 2,000 people. Located in Woodford County, it is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metro Area. It has a total area of 1.1 square miles.

Originally called “Middleway”, the town was renamed “Midway” in 1837. (Rennick, Roberts. Kentucky Place Names, p.197. University Press of KY 1987.

Did you know the Midway water tower is nicknamed “The Tin Man” because of its gable roof, which resembles the Tin Man's hat from The Wizard of Oz?

The historic section of Midway is full of color and detail. The shops are unique! A cell phone walking tour is available. Maps are available at City Hall, which is at the corner.

Antique Shop

I really like the colors used on this old building.

Custom Framing shop

Cafe building and shops

Midway boutique

A view of Historic Midway


A different view of the center of town.

 

City Hall and the Visitor Center sits on the corner. Stop in for a map and information.

Railroad Drug still has an old fashioned soda fountain! Don't pass it up!

 

Railroad crossing sign inside a gift shop

The Thoroughbred Theatre opened in 1916 as a movie theater.

There are several historical markers placed along the street that give some fascinating information.

 

Corner architecture in Midway.

It was Christmas season when I took these photos. Midway welcomes Santa to town each year as this railroad town ushers in the holiday season.

 

The Kennydid gallery

Corner stores

Darlin' Jeans Apple Cobbler Cafe is a well known restaurant in Midway.

 

The Silo outside Darlin' Jeans

Also in Midway is the Grey Goose restaurant. They have a patio area as well, perfect for a warm evening dinner. Not too far from here is Wallace Station, which was featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.

 

The Robin's Nest Bakery is famous for their Kentucky Silk Pie!

The Damselfly Gallery

The Courtyard at Midway

Decorated for the Christmas season!

Besides the historic Main Street (railroad street) in town, Midway has numerous, historic churches that are beautiful to see. Midway is also home to several horse farms including Airdrie Stud, Three Chimneys and Lane's End Farm. Midway has a four year university which is nestled into the serene surroundings of the town.

 

Interestingly, movie scenes shot in Midway include Flim Flam Man and Simpatico. There is a lot to be said of this small town. Head on over to Meetmeinmidway.com to read more about this charming railroad town “midway” between Lexington and Frankfort.

 

Thanks for reading!

Laura

 

 

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Lexington Murals Part 2

The first set of murals I photographed were from the distillery district. The following murals are also in Lexington, but in various parts of town. Most of the murals in this blog can be found downtown with a few being located elsewhere. My favorite mural, the Abraham Lincoln, was completed some time ago and I finally took the time to make a stop and view it from the parking lot behind the Kentucky Theater.

This vibrant mural was painted by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Lincoln is painted on the back of The Kentucky Theater.

This mural is called The Night Watchers. It was painted in 2014 by Andrew Hem as part of the PRHBTN program. This mural is located on West Short Street. Thanks to my daughter for this shot.

“What Goes Around Comes Around” This is one of the newest murals, completed in 2015 as part of the PRHBTN program. Portugal’s Armu-Yama, the name used by Portuguese street artist MrDHEO and Pariz One were the muralists.

 

West Sixth Brewing is the location of this jumping horses mural. The artist is Gaia.

A full view of the horse mural

On the same street, I noticed three smaller pieces of art.

Al’s Bar has a nice, detailed mural called A Tradition of a Music, which showcases the rich musical heritage of the area. Located on Limestone, the muralist is Michael Burrell.

Al’s Bar mural

This mural is located close to Al’s Bar .

This buffalo mural is huge! Spanning three stories, I wasn’t expecting this thing to be so large! Though not my favorite, it is very detailed and is definitely an eye-catcher! Located on Limestone, the artist was Rao from Belgium. This mural was part of the PRHBTN 2014 program.

Interesting that I found this little fella near the huge buffalo mural on Limestone.

This bright painting is by Chicago street artist Left Handed Wave. This mural is located on Bryan Avenue.

The story behind this mostly missing mural made news in 2015 when an apparent miscommunication resulted in a beautiful piece of art being destroyed. The mural, by Odeith, from Portugal, was part of the PRHBTN program.

The remaining hoofs on the Odeith mural are seen here.

Origami Tsunami mural by BroCoLoco on Limestone

Wild Figs Books and Coffee sports a colorful mural on the side of their business.

On Lime, by BroCoLoco, located on Limestone at Vintage Creations.

Mural off of Limestone

The Lexington Transit Authority on West Louden Avenue has a set of murals showing the history of public transportation in Lexington. The murals were painted as part of the LexArts Outdoor Murals Project in 2012.

The parking garage entrance above has a colorful mural called Tulip Poplar. Artist Lacy Hale was commissioned by LexPark and Saul Good to paint this mural.

This is a pretty whimsical mural I happened to come across. It was painted by Britt Spencer in 2005.

The Stockyard Commons mural by Dronex. Located on Lisle Industrial Drive.

I accidentally found this mural . Though partly faded, it has a great musical theme.

Oneness Boutique is the location of this vibrant blue mural painted by New York based artists Sheryo and The Yok.

Oneness Boutique

This mural is located on Southland Drive and features a variety of a Bluegrass Instruments. Titled “In The Market For Music”, the muralist is Michael Burrell.

Signature in the corner: M Burrell ’08

Also on Southland Drive

This mural is located in Hamburg on the side of Saul Good restaurant. It features several iconic images such as The Parkette, a race horse, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Anita Madden.

Anita Madden is quoted on this mural.

Another new mural from 2015, the Louis Armstrong mural is one of my favorites. Located on Elm Tree Lane on Lighthouse Ministries, this mural is by Portugese artist Odeith.

 

Waseem Touma’s mural on the Vine Street Side of the High Street YMCA.

This wild turkey mural showed up at The Square this year. Completed for the Audubon Society, this mural was completed by Italian artist hiTNES.

 

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m fascinated with the street art and murals. Lexington has a lot to see. It’s really fascinating to see the detail in the talented works of artists from all over the world. Thanks for tagging along! I look forward to completing part 3 of The Lexington Murals.

 

Laura

 

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill -Part 2

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, in Harrodsburg, KY, not only has many historical buildings to see, but also has a farm where you can see the animals then head out to the nature preserve for some exploring.

The farm was beautiful at sunrise. I was fortunate enough to make it to the Village as the sun was rising. It was the last warm weekend of fall and I tried to make the most of it.

 

Farming was very important to The Shaker community. Their farming practices became a model in efficiency to many others. They were known as the most inventive farmers of their day. They managed a 5,000 acre farm and fed more than 500 community dwellers every day. Today, the Shaker tradition continues as a 2 acre garden is maintained. The food grown ends up at the Trustees Dining Room on the grounds.


You can visit the animals at the farm. Many schools in the area bring children to the farm for field trips.

 

 

The squirrels were out and about at the village.

 


 

The trees were looking pretty bare and ready for winter.

The henhouse had a lot of really pretty hens. I'm not very familiar with the different breeds pictured here.

 

 

 

 

Detail in the stone wall

The stone walls are a common sight in the area.

Small birds perching on bare branches



A stable at the village

The horses at Shaker Village are so beautiful.

 

 

Sunrise at Shaker Village

Ivy and Blue headed to the barn

This is Ivy

… and this is Blue

 

 

The old red Corn Crib was decorated for Christmas.

 

 

 

The barn next to the corn crib



The path to the Lampton Trail

The scenery on this trail is amazing!

The Lampton trail is one of many trails at Shaker Village. They open at dawn and close at dusk.


The barn on Lampton Trail

You will pass a Cemetary marked 1811 on the road to the trail.

Road towards Lampton Trail

The white fences stretch across the fields.

 

This is the road along the trail headed back towards the pond.

The pond area

 

 


A flock of geese heads toward the pond.


 

Shaker Village offers weekend farm programs. Some programs help you plan your garden, learn beekeeping, and more! You can walk the garden in season and meet farmers to learn valuable information.

 

Wagon and hayrides are available from April-October.

Learn more at shakervillageky.org

 

Thanks for reading!

Laura

 

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Part 1

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located twenty-five miles southwest of Lexington, Kentucky. Located in Harrodsburg, KY, Shaker Village is a very popular tourist destination with an intriguing history. Listed on The National Historic Registry, Shaker Village is a place many people have enjoyed visiting.

 

The morning I visited, it was right after sunrise and the village Christmas lights were still on and the buildings and grounds looked beautiful with the rising sun along with the decorations.

I had hoped to visit Shaker Village during the peak of fall season but visiting during the Christmas season turned out to be wonderful! Lanterns, lit fences, and a sleigh added to the scenery.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill welcomes tourists from all over. It is America's largest restored Shaker Village. The ” Shakers” were a religious community that was active from about 1805-1910.


The stone boundary walls line the parking area of the village. I noticed one of my favorite things right away- a barn quilt.

 

At Shaker Village, there are 34 original 19th century buildings and there are over 3,000 acres. Besides the area where most of these buildings are, there are many trails to explore, there is a farm area to visit (coming in part 2) and a road to the Dixie Belle Riverboat if you're interested.

The Second Great Awakening that began in the 1700's influenced the Shakers to broaden their ministry. Three Shaker missionaries traveled far and gathered a group of interested persons that would adhere to the teaching of Mother Ann Lee. One thing she believed was that those in the Shaker community all shared a brother/sister relationship and that there would be no marriage among members. If couples came into the Shaker Community, they would live separately.

White fences line the walkway of many of the historic buildings at Shaker Village.

By 1812, 3 communal families had been formed and a fourth was for potential converts. The Civil War depleted a lot of resources at Shaker Village. By 1875, only about half of the nearly 500 members remained and by 1900, only 34 remained. The Shaker Village dissolved in 1910. (Wikipedia)


Meeting Area C

This is the East Family Dwelling. Interesting to note, Thomas Merton, a monk from the nearby Abbey of Gethsemani, had written of Shaker Village as early as 1949.

Dates are marked on many of the buildings.


Old Stone Shop

 

During the Christmas season, this building becomes The Elf Shop

The sleigh at Shaker Village

 

The lanterns were still shining at dawn.

 

 

 

 


This old faded sign still stands on the property.

Sunrise at Shaker Village

 

The Centre Family Dwelling 1824-1834. This dwelling housed over 100 Shakers. The dwelling was built of limestone from atop the Palisades of the Kentucky River.

Founded 1821

Spiritual life of the Shakers is actually how they got their name. They were known to “shake” with their dancing and became known as the Shakers.

The Water House


 

 

The Brethrens Bath House

 

 


 


 

 

Artist studios have some wonderful items to see!

The Craft Store (old post office)

The East Family Brethren's Shop

 

 

 

 

 

Special exhibits are available throughout the year.

1817

The East Family Sister Shop

A swing near the East Family Sister Shop

A snowman on the side of one of the many buildings.

The Workshop

 

The Farm Deacon's Shop

 

Discovery Tours depart on the hour. They provide a guided walk through the Village.

For more information on Shaker Village, visit shakervillageky.org

There are many special events that take place throughout the year. The historic buildings are just a small part of all that's available to see here. There is an Inn, a restaurant, carriage rides, a craft shop, and more! I will be adding a separate blog about the Shaker farm and a portion of one of the many trails at Shaker Village. Thank you for visiting with me!

 

Laura

 

Ashland- The Henry Clay Estate

 

The Henry Clay Estate is located on Sycamore Road in Lexington, Kentucky. It is registered as a National Historic Landmark.

I visited Ashland in November during a beautiful fall day. Self guided tours of the outbuildings, gardens, walking trails and monument are free. The estate grounds are open year round. There is a cost for guided mansion tours and photos are not allowed inside.

 

Near the entrance, there are historical markers describing the A&M College that was once here.

There are also historical markers honoring Madeline McDowell Breckinridge. She was a Kentucky Suffrage Leader that was a descendant of Henry Clay.

This bell is from the USS Ashland, which was named after this estate. It was a gift to Ashland from the crew.

 

 

In addition to walking trails, there is a formal garden that you can stroll through.

The formal garden has a brick walkway and is a really beautiful section of the estate to see.

A distant view of a sculpture in the garden.

 

Closer view of the statue in the formal garden.

Through the iron fence, I noticed a lot of squirrels running around on the grounds.

 

 

A marble fountain stands inside the garden.

Outside the garden area, on the walking trail, stands a Civil War monument.

The Privy at Ashland (bathrooms) . Privy is from the Latin word “privatus”, meaning “to oneself”. Before indoor plumbing, privies, also known as outhouses, were shelters used as toilets. Ashland's brick privy house was divided into three rooms. Two were for toilet purposes and the other for laundry or a wash room.

The privy. OK- enough about that.

The Smokehouse was one of the most important buildings on a plantation. Meat was preserved and stored here for the family.

The entrance to the museum store and to purchase tickets for guided tours is pictured above.

Guided tours are available and many holiday events take place such as a candlelight tour of the mansion.

Black and White photo of museum store entrance.

Original Well dug by John Davis for Henry Clay

The well was restored in 1968.

The trees along the trails are really gorgeous. The colors are vibrant in the fall.

The tulip poplar, along with many other types of trees, are well marked along the walk. Henry Clay often took visitors on tours of the estate and would point out various species of trees.

Tombstone for the family cat, Gypsy.

The huge ginkgo trees during the fall are magnificent!

Henry Clay considered Ashland a refuge from politics and business. In an 1829 letter, Clay mentions returning to his farm in Kentucky “for tranquil consideration” of important issues.

This is a view of the Henry Clay Mansion from the front. It is simply beautiful with the trees in full color.

Horse sculpture along the front drive.

Another view of the mansion.

Golden pathway towards the ice houses and dairy cellar.

 

 


Wading through the ginkgo leaves

Remains of a Springfield Gas Machine

The ground looked golden in some areas.

As you can tell, I was pretty excited about so many golden leaves on the ground!

 

Beautiful!

Henry Clay – Master Mason

The Ginkgo Tree Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday and is located on the brick patio around the old smokehouse.

 

The icehouse

Ice houses

Dairy cellar

Steps down into cellar

 

Ice houses and dairy cellar with ginkgo tree in background.

The Gardener's Cottage – currently houses administrative offices

 

I really enjoyed my visit to the Henry Clay Estate. If you get a chance, stop by here for a lot of beauty and a lot of history. Located close to the University of Kentucky, this estate is conveniently located.

Information about the estate can be found at henryclay.org

 

Henry Clay Quotes

“The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.”

“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.”

“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.”

 

Thanks for reading!

Laura

 

Lexington’s Distillery District Murals

This blog is a little different from what I usually post, but I find murals and street art really fascinating. This set of murals, graffiti, and street art is found in the Distillery District of Lexington, KY.

When you turn onto Manchester Street, you will soon see a huge mural on the side of the Pepper Distillery that caused some controversy in the area because of perceived gang related signs. The French born artist, MTO, painted “My name is MO” with spray paint. Though it may not be my favorite, it's definitely impressive.

The mural was painted in 2014. (PRHBTN 2014)


 

 

Across the street, there is a mural of Einstein painted on a garage door. Not much is known about this mural or who the artist may be.

Einstein Mural on Manchester

Artist unknown

Some graffiti on the side of a building on Manchester Street.

 

Whimsical art on the bottom portion of a wall on Manchester

Broken glass panels along Manchester Street on the Pepper Distillery

You can see what remainins of these two murals of individuals (above).

Artist- Paul Bloas

Colorful art along Manchester

 

Dead Bee Mural on old cement water well

Monochromatic Painting

Artist ROA from Belgium. (PRHBTN -October 2014)

Graffiti at the base of the water tower.

The tower boasts it's own artwork

Telescopic Eye on a Water Tower

Artist Phlegm -2013

 

Solar System painted on Manchester Street

More color

Some various shots of the area near the base of the water well.

 

A part of a mural by Dronex (2013)

 

I just thought these shots were neat.

 

One the back of Ethereal Brewing, there is a really cool mural painted. You can't see this one from the street. It's on the backside of the building.

Balancing Table

Artist Phlegm (PRHBTN 2013)

Ethereal Brewing

Bourbon coffee advertisement


Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge in the distillery district has become a popular place to go.

 

As you leave Manchester Street Distillery District, you can catch sight of this mural on the side of Dogtown Daycare and Boarding. The artist was Danny Diamond. Lexington's Big Blue building can be seen in the painting.

 

There are so many murals in the area I hope to photograph. These were all very close together in the same district. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of these works!

Laura

 

The Roebling Suspension Bridge

The Roebling Suspension Bridge crosses the Ohio River and connects Covington, KY to Cincinnatti, Ohio. It was opened to pedestrians in 1866 and was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Probably the most interesting fact to me about this bridge is that architect John Roebling used this bridge as a model when he designed New York's Brooklyn Bridge. The day we visited Smale Riverside Park, we were surprised with one of the most beautiful sunsets over the bridge!

This is a view from the park into Covington.

Many people use this bridge to get to sports venues at Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park and US Bank Arena.

The park on the Ohio side has some pretty interesting features like this flying pig and this large chess set.

The Roebling Bridge gives easy access to a busy part of Covington and Cincinnatti.

 

Along the flood walls in Covington, as you can see here, there are murals showcasing a lot of history. I will be adding a separate blog one day devoted to those.

 

You can see the murals again here along with the barge passing by on the Ohio.

There are swings near the bridge at the park overlooking the river and looking into Covington.

The suspension bridge is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and is listed as a US National Historic Landmark.

The restaurant district at the foot of the bridge on the Covington side is called Roebling Point.

A scene from the 1988 movie Rain Man was shot at the Roebling Bridge. Also, the film Ides of March includes a shot of the bridge.

As the sun began to set at the park, we could tell that we were in for a treat!

The park started to glow as did the sky.

You can really notice the details in the bridge.

The suspension bridge received a fresh coat of blue paint in 2010.

I love this image of the statues in the forefront of the bridge.

The sunset was absolutely stunning on the night we were at the bridge.

Just when you didn't think the sky could get more vibrant, it did.

Now the swings were a peaceful place to sit and enjoy a color filled sky.

The Ohio River looked purple.

What made this sunset even more special is that it was my daughter's 18th birthday. It seemed the sun was setting on her childhood and she was now an adult. It was a pretty spectacular evening!

The Roebling Suspension Bridge lit up at night.

Driving across the bridge and headed home!

Thanks for visiting with me!

Laura