I have never been jealous, or envious, of anyone, or anything, until I read about Judy’s trip through central Kentucky.

Friends, I not only became jealous, but bordered on deep depression. I would have paid for the entire trip myself, if I could have been in shape to accompany her group!

When my Precious and I were doing our research, we made many trips down those very roads and lanes mentioned in the piece.

I could almost see every thoroughbred horse barn, with the  cupolas on the roofs, and beautiful whitewashed wood rail fences.

I can recall the times we went through Midway, not realizing the importance of the place in the Ware line. I remember a sign, along the road, “MIDWAY STATION” almost hidden among trees.

The routes from Lexington to Georgetown, Stamping Ground, Versailles, and Frankfort, I could drive in my sleep, and I think I did on occasion.

In our travels, we pulled a 26 ft Fleetwood travel trailer. It served us very well. We would park at the Kentucky Horse Park, north of Lexington whenever it became available, and ran the route from there. A very hard place to get a spot in. Precious had relatives in Georgetown and Stamping Ground. I preferred the “Forks of the Elkhorn RV and Campground,” just south of Frankfort. Everything we  needed, the folks were real friendly, and it was close to the Ky Historical facility.

When we went into Frankfort to research, we passed the Forks of the Elkhorn churches. Yes, there was a new building on the right and the old building on the left side of the road. Which one was why, I have no idea.

A little further along the road was the Jim Beam distillery. No Tours, No Samples!

Frankfort to Versailles, a beautiful trip, horse farms, white rail fences, etc.

Just before the main drag in Versailles there was this huge antique mall.

It was set up in an old supermarket building. Dropped a farthing or two there over time. Still don’t know what we bought!

Oh, yes, Those were the days! Gone, but never forgotten!

All this was almost 22 years ago. No doubt unrecognizable now!

Thanks for a lovely trip down roads etched in memories of happy times!

They say, you can never go home again, I just did!

RW 5/24/11


JUDY’S TRIP — 3 Comments

  1. How I wish you could have all been on the trip too!! What fun we would have had together!!! I now fully understand the “call of Kentucky” and will always cherish the memory of sights too beautiful to really capture in words. The amazing thing is actually how little HAS changed – it was like stepping back in time. You were all with me in spirit.

  2. Great article Ray and wonderful memories to cherish. I grew up near Indianapolis, IN and became a long distance truck driver with a major trucking firm and traveled many of the main and back roads of Kentucky and all across America during the 1950’s-60’s, not knowing at that time my ancestors were mostly from there. Thank you Ray and thank you Judy for digging in, finding information and writing about it. I enjoy the book so much.

    R1b Group

  3. I like closing my eyes and revisiting some wonderful place from some trip in the past.
    Thank God that you can still remember.
    You were right – gone but not forgotten.

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