OUR KENTUCKY HOME


Welcome to our home in Owen County, Kentucky!! Not only will I be showing beautiful pictures of this county, but also including history and local news!!
First I'd like to show all of you a photo of our 118 acres of land taken from a Cessna. It was my VERY FIRST plane ride, by the way!

I hope you've enjoyed viewing it!! As you can see, we have a VERY long driveway!! In fact (although it can't be seen in the photo very well) there is a creek to cross before going up the drive!! In the summer, it's nothing but a trickle...but in the Autumn and Spring...well....WATCH OUT!! It can get as high as 20 feet!! If it's only three or four feet deep, we wear waders to cross. If it's higher...well....we do have a back way to walk in...across a neighbor's land.....over hills and two more smaller, but navigable creeks!!



The forestland was unfortunately cut over by people back in the 1800's and a great many of the larger trees were taken for lumber. However, the forests are now starting to flourish as people become more aware of conservation. Owen County has a great many oak trees, hickory trees, and elms. Both the red and sugar maples are also making a big comeback. At one time there was a "sugarbush" in the upper woods where maple trees were tapped and the syrup cooked in an outside shed in large vats. Sad to say, the maples were cut down years ago and are just now beginning to make a comeback. When you read onward in my chapter entitled "Pennsylvania Days", you'll read about the days when my husband's family and later my husband and I made all our own maple syrup!! 
Now, a little about Owen County's history. I know....I know....HISTORY....boring, right?? All you want are pictures!! But a little history never killed anyone!! In fact, you may even find it interesting!! Did you know that until 1792 Kentucky was a part of Virginia? Representatives from Kentucky DID sit in the Legislature of Virginia, but they had a rough trip!! They traveled by horses and mules over the Cumberland Gap. WOW...what a journey that must have been! In 1792, Kentucky was admitted to the Union, but it had only nine counties...Jefferson, Fayette, Lincoln, Nelson, Bourbon, Mercer, Madison, Mason, and Woodford. In those days, Kentucky wasn't regarded as a dwelling place, but a hunting ground for the Indians. (That must explain all the arrowheads I found when plowing my first garden back in 1991!) In the language of the native Indians, Kentucky meant "Land of Blood." Before 1782, Kentucky's inhabitants didn't exceed 3,000. By 1800, after roads for carriages and wagons began to be opened up, the population amounted to about 220,000!
Most of the new pioneer villages of that time were built near springs. Mills were a VERY necessary part of pioneer life and hence people sought water. These are just a few of the early mills...Herndon's, between Caney Fork aand Richmond; Spark's Horse Mill on the Kentucky River, Campbell's on Cobb's Station Road at the county line, Payne's on Eagle Creek, Branham's, on Cedar Creek near Monterey, Greenup Fork at Severn, Lusby's Mill and several others.Owen County was not formed until 1819. It consisted of a part of Franklin, Scott, Gallatin, and Pendleton counties. The citizens who lived along the boundaries of these counties petitioned the General Assembly to erect a new county as the roads were very bad and the distances which justices had to travel to court were enormous as the only mode of travel was by mule or horse.



Interesting Photos of Kentucky Landmarks

The above is an actual home built by a wealthy Kentucky man.  "The Castle" as it is commonly known, reminds visitors of the medieval era.




Above is the statue of Man O' War, one of the greatest race horses of all time. This photo was taken in the Kentucky Horse Park, a park that all visitors to Kentucky must surely visit!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


A photo of the historic Mary Todd Lincoln home.
 
 
 



 
 
 
 

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