Author: Chris Bratton

Throwback Thursday – Southern Kentucky Quilting Heritage

Did you know Kentucky has a rich quilting heritage? From the painted barn quilts on our road trip trails, to Paducah being the Quilting Capital of the World, to even the “Crazy Quilt Mania” exhibit at the Kentucky Museum, there’s an educational and artistic element to the quilting craft that’s been preserved thru storytelling. The Hart County Barn Quilt Trail…

Throwback Thursday – The Horse Cave cell phone history tour

We’ve been telling more southern Kentucky stories outside Warren County this summer, giving viewers a chance to explore more of what’s in their own backyard. In nearby Hart County, Horse Cave’s downtown sits on top of Hidden River Cave’s main entrance. Visitors walking down Main Street can catch a glimpse looking downward straight into the cave’s mouth. Downtown Horse Cave…

Throwback Thursday – Summers of ’75 and ’76: When 4,000 street vans rocked Bowling Green

In the motorsports world, Bowling Green is known for Corvettes and custom car culture. Nearly 50 years ago, another type of automotive event came to Beech Bend Raceway for a couple years—the National Street Van Association’s Truck-In. With over four thousand vans attending in 1975 and 1976, this week we remember the weekends vans took over the city. According to…

Throwback Thursday – Hart County’s thriving Amish community

We’ve recently shared stories telling the history of southern Kentucky communities, like Kyrock and South Union. This week, we’re heading north to Hart County, where we find the area’s largest thriving Amish community. During the late 1980s, these families began migrating to the Horse Cave and Munfordville area from Geauga County, Ohio.  Horse-drawn buggies frequent the backroads in the Logdson…

Throwback Thursday – Enchanting Fairy Garden tours return to Bowling Green

A couple months ago, Throwback Thursday shared the story of Ruth Rabold, the green thumb of Bowling Green, whose landscape and garden efforts can still be seen all over the city. A Bowling Green Garden Club event that hasn’t been held since 2019 is making an exciting return next month. With nearly 20 years of history, the Fairy Garden Tour…

Throwback Thursday – A brief history of the world’s longest cave system in our own backyard

One of southern Kentucky’s coolest features is hidden underground. If you’ve ever done any exploring in your backyard, you may have noticed this area is home to the world’s longest cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park was established over 80 years ago. Covering over 45 thousand acres above ground across Edmonson, Barren, and Hart counties, there are also 420 miles…

Throwback Thursday – Over 200 years of milestones in 2022, South Union Shaker Village’s new exhibit

One of southern Kentucky’s oldest attractions is celebrating several centuries of milestones this year. South Union Shaker Village in nearby Logan County was officially established as a faith-based religious colony in 1807. The Shaker community ceased in 1922, exactly a century ago. Throwback Thursday this week tells the tale of the Shaker Village turned museum in Auburn.  The Shakers were…

Throwback Thursday – 120 years of history and education: the local DAR

Throwback Thursday this week is dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Founded in 1902 by 15 chartering founder women, the Samuel Davies chapter is southcentral Kentucky’s tie to the war for American Independence.  All of the Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR, have a direct line of descent to…

Throwback Thursday – The night Bowling Green almost burned down

It was recently announced that $1.6 million is being awarded to the city of Bowling Green to rehabilitate the College Street pedestrian bridge. Constructed in 1916, this is at least the third version of the College Street bridge. This week’s Throwback Thursday tells the tale of that ominous night in 1915 when an angry mob nearly burned Bowling Green to…