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Old 06-10-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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You probably would enjoy taking the very scenic Old Frankfort Pike from Frankfort to Lexington, rather than I-64-75. The Old Frankfort Pike starts very close to the U.S. 60 intersection with I-64 and winds through the famed Bluegrass thoroughbred horse farm country. The little town of Midway is a very short drive off of the Pike, halfway between Frankfort and Lexington, as its name implies. Train tracks run down Main Street, which is lined with restaurants and shops of various kinds, housed in original Victorian buildings. You can pick up I-64 again just outside of Midway.
Thank you so much for mentioning the OF Pike and Midway, places I hadn't thought of in forever! I'm planning a trip later this summer just to see how different things are in the 40 years since I left and what, if anything I remember still exists. (I've heard part of my grand-parents farm is a now the site of a Wal-Mart. )
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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No Wal-Marts on Old Frankfort Pike or in Midway, thank goodness. Wally World has its place - but not in either of these unique locations. Midway has become somewhat gentrified, at least along Railroad Street, which now has lots of antique shops, a museum store, a Celtic goods shop, and several good restaurants. The college is still there, and while there are some new subdivisions on what used to be horse farms, the original part of Midway looks as it always has. Ditto for Old Frankfort Pike, a Kentucky Scenic Byway, lined with historic thoroughbred horse farms and the Headley-Whitney Museum, a little jewelbox filled with, well, jewels (and much more).

You'll find lots of changes when you return (40 years is WAY too long to be away!) but also many places and things which will bring back timeless memories...

It's easy to become nostalgic for the Bluegrass, even if one happens to live in the middle of it.

Thanks for the kind words, and enjoy your Bluegrass reunion visit!
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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I appreciate the info, CC! I'm getting really excited about the trip! Glad to know some things have not changed.

I'll be driving through Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Shelbyville & New Castle. After looking at an aerial view online, I think I'm going to need a map! So much I do remember... and so much I don't!!!

Do you know of a place called "Red Rocks?" I'm thinking it was within 20 minutes or so of Frankfort. We used to picnic & swim there.

Thanks, again!
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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Sorry, no knowledge of Red Rocks...sounds great, though. Was it on the Kentucky River or one of its tributaries?

Check out the antique mall in the old ice house on Green Street (just off Main Street) in Versailles - there are lots of sales going on just now, and lots of Kentuckiana (books and other items) are available there: Bybee pottery, Louisville Stoneware, M.A. Hadley, Paul Sawyier prints, horse prints, and more. Good stuff and unique souvenirs/gifts. There are additional antique and interesting gift shops in Midway.

Enjoy your nostalgic visit!
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Oh, boy. I was so young, I don't remember how we got to Red Rocks. It must be a tributary of the KY river. I remember one side being cliff-like and at the base maybe several hundred feet of very slowly-descending flat rocks leading to a short waterfall.

My nephew is very interested in our heritage, so I gave their new-born some personalized MA Hadley pottery. I was pleasantly surprised to know they're still in business.

Sounds like I can do all my Christmas shopping in the summer!

Darn, guess I've got to do the Woodford Reserve tour, since it's what I drink when I drink bourbon. What's with this Pappy Van Winkle? Is it all it's cracked up to be?

Thanks for all your insight & recommendations!
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