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Kentucky Backroads Find

Kentucky Backroads Find

One of my favorite things to do is drive the backroads to see what interesting things I can find.  One late afternoon I found...

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Discover a Bit of History at Kentucky's Taylorsville Lake

Discover a Bit of History at Kentucky's Taylorsville Lake

On the north side of the lake you will find the US Army Corp of Engineers Visitor Center. A short interpretive trail explaining the local history...

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Black-Eyed Susan or Brown-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan or Brown-Eyed Susan

The scientific name is rudbeckia, so they are the same.  But they do look different depending on where they are grown.  Other common names are brown betty, poor land daisy, yellow daisy and blackiehead.  There are 10 species of rudbeckia.  There common traits are deep golden yellow, daisy like petals with a button shaped center in varying shades of black to brown, and dark green lobed leaves.  They grew here in the US long before the settlers.  Native Americans used the plant for medicinal purposes.  They are found growing wild or planted in manicured flower gardens across the US.  Maryland...

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An Old Ohio Barn

An Old Ohio Barn

As the morning sun rises behind this old barn all is quiet.  There are no animals moving around and making noise.  There is no farmer in the barn getting morning chores done.  The lonely old barn just sits year after year falling farther into disrepair. What happened that this barn is sitting empty?  As I sit looking at it, I can still imagine what is missing.  The farmer is getting the tractor out of the barn to plow the field for planting.  His wife is in the barn milking the cow to prepare breakfast.  The boy is mucking out stalls...

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Noah "Bud" Ogle Barn on the Roaring Fork Nature Trail in the Smoky Mountains

Noah "Bud" Ogle Barn on the Roaring Fork Nature Trail in the Smoky Mountains

Noah "Bud" Ogle is a decedent of the first settlers in White Oak Flats, Tennessee, now known as Gatlinburg.  On 400 acres of land he built a cabin, barn, and a mill.  He and his wife raised a family, grew corn and tended an apple orchard. The barn Noah built is common among Appalachian Mountain barns.  It is a crib style barn.  Crib barns are built from logs stacked and dovetailed on the corners to form a square crib.  Most times the cribs are left without chinking filling in the gaps between the logs.  This barn is a 4 crib barn.  There...

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