Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @ http://masoncountyky.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Miss Limestone Pageant Coming Up

The Miss Limestone Area Scholarship Pageant is the Maysville Kentucky pageant on the lower end of the hierarchy that leads to the national Miss America contest, which I am sure everyone knows about. The pageant originated in the area in 2002, under the name of Miss Maysville. It was later renamed and in 2005, Lara Wilson became the first official "Miss Limestone."

This year's Miss Limestone Pageant will be held February 18th at the Maysville Community College. The winner of the contest will be awarded the scholarship and a $500 gift certificate to Beautiful Brides and More. They will also have all of their expenses paid to compete for the Miss Kentucky title.

Deadlines for submitting entry forms is February 5th. More information can be found at the Miss Limestone website: www.misslimestone.com

Monday, January 30, 2006

Hip-hop From Maysville Kentucky?

Lil Bone Face, a 20 year old Maysville Kentucky native, recently worked with BahaMusic and ShyDog Productions, an independent music label, to release his latest album, "Mr. Bad Side: The Book of Michael." His new CD "is an audio book, mainly talking about my life and what I've seen; what I think and my views of everything," Lil Bone Face said in a recent interview with Kasey Doyle at the Independent Ledger. He writes his own hip-hop lyrics, and performed at several locations locally including venues in Maysville, Morehead, Cincinnati and Fort Wayne, Indiana. The president of ShyDog Productions says what sets Lil Bone Face's apart from other hip-hop artists is that his lyrics are about life itself, unlike other mainstream rap artists, who write mostly about material possessions.

To hear samples of Fletcher's music and for more information about the musician visit: www.lbfmusic.com

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Maysville Kentucky Photograph Early 1900s

This picture was taken sometime between 1900 and 1954 and shows the Calf Club Show and Parade in Maysville Kentucky on Second Street.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Augusta Kentucky Moves to New Address...

... Web address that is ; ) Apparently, the lease for the domain name for Augusta Kentucky's official web site lapsed recently and, before anyone had realized it, the web address had gone up for auction. When people called to ask why the web address, augustakentucky.com, pointed to a list of unrelated links rather than their tailor-made Augusta guide, they realized something had gone wrong. They attempted to bid back their domain address, but unfortunately got caught in a bidding war against a "squatter," a company that buys domain names and sits on them until they can be sold for profit. I believe the final bid was $750, with the squatter winning.

So, sadly, Augusta must start over with a new web address, www.augustaky.com. This is more trouble than many may realize. Any link from another web site, article, or simple mention of the former site includes the old web address, and it's not like the post office where mail can be forwarded. Pamphlets, brochures, business cards, all of these must be updated. And the truly sad thing is that it has happened before.

Yes, the very first "official web site" for Augusta Kentucky was not augustakentucky.com, but rather visitaugusta.net. I know this because I was the designer on the second version of their site, the original augustakentucky.com. Confused yet? : ) As the story goes, someone built visitaugusta.net, got everyone excited about it, and then left town. Without the original builder, Augusta was forced to start a new web site at a new web address, the ill-fated augustakentucky.com

A nifty Internet archive shows the progression of Augusta's Official Site:

1. The original VisitAugusta.net (August 2002)
http://web.archive.org/web/20020806185506/http://www.visitaugusta.net/

2. The second version, the one I designed, AugustaKentucky.com (March 2005)
http://web.archive.org/web/20050307090204/http://www.augustakentucky.com/

3. And the more recent version (January 2006, a work in progress)
http://www.augustaky.com

Hopefully, as the town of Augusta rebuilds their Internet presence, tourists and those outside the community will remember the message of their first web site, and that is: Visit Augusta!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Treasure Hunting Display at the Library

The Mason County Public Library is hosting a treasure hunting display for the next two months in the library's display window near the front door. Treasure hunting with metal detectors is a popular hobby that turns up all sorts of interesting artifacts. According to the person who put the display together, "I was asked all kinds of questions while I was putting this display together. Most folks were simply amazed all that 'stuff' actually came out of the ground." Included in the display are coins, bullets, toys, knives, watches, utensils... if it's made of metal, you might just find it. Also in the display is an antique metal detector that was top of the line in 1979.

For pictures of the display and more descriptions, please visit here. Make sure you stop by the Mason County Public Library as well and see the actual display. It is well worth the trip.

(Note: Thanks Mark for sharing!)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Camp Chase Letters

In a letter from A. J. Morey, editor of the "Cynthiana News" to the "Avalanche" in Memphis, Tennessee, dated December 11, 1861, Morey writes:

Having made my escape from the Federal prison located near Columbus, Ohio, I deem it due to the 240 brave but unfortunate Southern men whom I left incarcerated there on the 29th of October last to make known to the South and to the world the suffering and indignities to which they are subjected by their inhuman jailers.

The Government prison to which I refer is at Camp Chase about four miles south of the city of Columbus, the capital of the State of Ohio. Brigadier-General Hill is the commander under the direction of Generals Mitchel and Rosecrans, the prison being used for the confinement of military and political prisoners for both Kentucky and Northwestern Virginia. It contains about half an acre of ground inclosed by a plank wall nearly twenty-five feet high, with towers on two sides. Inside of this inclosure are two rows of board shanties with five rooms (16 by 18 feet) in each. In these small rooms, each occupied by about twenty-five men, and in this contracted space the crowd of prisoners are compelled to cook, eat and sleep. Men of every class and grade are huddled together and all treated as felons.

The letter goes on to describe the conditions in the prison camp, especially harsh due to the cold climate and that prisoners sometimes remained weeks in camp before even receiving a blanket. The food was also poor and ladies from Columbus who attempted to bring bedding, fresh food, and blankets were denied due to "orders" from the commandant.

Among the prisoners who were from Maysville, Kentucky, were Hon. R. H. Stanton, Isaac Nelson, W. B. Casteo, Mr. Thomas, John Hall, A.D. Hurt and George W. Forrester, proprietor and editor of the Maysville Express.

A. J. Morey, among others, were arrested in Cynthiana and were first taken to Newport, Kentucky, and confined in cells without even a blanket for twenty-four hours. They were then marched at night through the rain and mud to the Little Miami Railroad depot and, upon learning the train had already left, were then marched four miles farther to the Hamilton and Dayton depot where they took a train for Columbus.

During the march Judge Curry who is over seventy years of age being much fatigued came near giving out, but the captain of the guard with oaths gave orders to drive him up and they punched and struck him in the most brutal manner with their guns, kicking him at the same time. W. B. Glave who owing to his feebleness was also unable to keep up, the pace being double-quick, was treated in the same savage manner. Our only offense was that we dissented from the measures of Lincoln.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Matrix Has You...

Here's an offbeat topic considering most of our blog posts have dealt with historical things in and around town: The Maysville Community and Technical College will be hosting a film analysis of the Matrix movie trilogies with an emphasis on philosophy and religion in the Matrix. As a fan of the movies and hip to the philosophical themes of the films, I am looking forward to this journey down the rabbit hole and encourage everyone to show up. Did I mention it was free to the public?

The event will take place Tuesday, January 31st, 6-8 pm at the Crockett Auditorium, MCTC and is presented by Alex Hyrcza, Asst. Professor of Philosophy & Religion and Dr. Lynn Shaffer, Asst. Professor of English. More information can be found here.

Also on the web: Philosophy & The Matrix

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Two Local Companies Gain National Exposure

The Ledger Independent reports that Magee's Bakery and Hutchison's Grocery, two family owned and locally operated businesses, are gaining international exposure for their transparent pies (Magee's) and country hams (Hutchison's).

"The businesses have seen an increase in orders outside of Kentucky, and a recent order was shipped out for a going away party for a couple in New Mexico.

Magee's Bakery and Hutchison's Grocery have shipped transparent pies, tarts and country ham to states all over the country, including Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia, Wyoming, Washington, Maine and New Mexico."

The team paired up about 15 years ago when Hutchison began shipping Magee's transparent pies along with their country ham orders. Magee's has also begain sending a complimentary cookie along with each order, shaped like the state of Kentucky and imprinted with the "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit" logo, an effective advertisement for the state of Kentucky.

Magee's Bakery is located on Orangeburg Road. Hutchinson's, who recently celebrated their 155-Year Anniversary is located on East Second Street.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Local Salsa Family to Appear on Television

The local family owned salsa makers, McDowell Farms Salsa, will appear on television in a statewide show called "Bluegrass and Backroads," which airs the first week in February on channels across the state. McDowell Farm Salsa is entirely handmade with the freshest of ingredients, and comes in four varieties ranging from mild to flaming hot. The show promises to document the salsa making process which involves a 60-gallon vat and 300 jars of salsa per batch. It also promises to show the expertise of the two sisters who have become known as "The Salsa Sisters," the team that chops the vegetables and mixes the ingredients by hand. For more information about McDowell Farms Salsa visit www.mcdowellfarmssalsa.com, or call 606-728-2433.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Old Washington Saltbox House Faces Demolition

The Ledger Independent reported recently that the Code Enforcements Board is pursuing the goal of a "safer attractive" Maysville (Read Article). This caught my attention because of the saltbox house mentioned - near the end of the article - that was condemned by the board and now faces demolition and is one of only two saltbox houses in Old Washington. It also happens to be right down the street from where I live. Before it was condemned, a nice man lived there who took care of neighborhood stray cats and the house seemed to be in at least a decent condition. Almost overnight, after the home was condemned and the man moved out, nearly every window has been smashed in and the pillars that support the porch roof appear to have been pulled out from underneath the structure. It is sadly in a bad shape.

From the article:

"[Zoning Administrator] Wallingford said several groups in Washington have expressed concern about the possible demolition of the house. The property is considered a blighted structure, according to the board and is a hazard to the community. The Board of Architectural Review and groups in Washington would like to see the house preserved."

This would be a great thing if it comes to fruition. Unfortunately, it is unlikely. It appears that the owner of the home, who lives in another state, has not been cooperative in repairs and maintenance requests. With so many other historical buildings in the area in need of rennovation, for example, the McMurdy School Boarding House, the chances of this home being repaired are slim.

Saltbox houses are wooden frame houses with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back. A Saltbox has just one storey in the back and two storeys in the front. The flat front and central chimney are recognizable features, but the asymmetry of the unequal sides and the long, low rear roof line are the most distinctive features of a Saltbox. They were first seen in Europe around 1650 and remained popular throughout the colonial and early American period, perhaps because of the simplicity of its design.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Local Authors at Carnegie Library, Ripley, Ohio

Come join author Mary Kay Carson and photographer Tom Uhlman as they share the amazing stories and places they discovered while creating their book, The Underground Railroad For Kids: From Slavery to Freedom just a little ways down the river in Ripley, Ohio. See how through research, photography and writing the UGRR can come alive. This book contains 21 activities to inspire participation, and many of the photographs are from the Ripley area. Adults and children are invited to this slide presentation and discussion. And kids of all ages can participate in an Underground Railroad related craft activity from the book.

The event is Saturday, January 21st, at 1 pm at the Union Township Public Library, 27 Main Street, Ripley, Ohio.

The Friends of the Library will be providing light refreshments, and her book will be available for purchase. Questions? Please call 937-392-4871

Friday, January 20, 2006

Photograph Framed at Ryder Paint Store

Large group of men framed in Maysville, Kentucky. The back of picture reads: "Ryder Paint Store, Picture Framing, 7 W Second St., Maysville, KY" Date Uknown

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Survivor's Cindy Hall Homecoming

Cindy Hall, star of the CBS series Survivor, will be returning to her hometown of Maysville, Kentucky for a benefit dinner to support the Humane Society of Buffalo Trace. Hall, who was a zookeeper before gaining celebrity status on the show Survivor, has always considered animals to be closest to her heart and says that she will do anything she can to support them. The Humane Society was formed about six months ago to provide services to the community while protecting animals. Also at the benefit will be Cindy's sister Mindy Hall, who appeared in an episode where the survivors were allowed to see a family member, and Rodger Bingham, who appeared in "Survivor: The Australian Outback." The benefit dinner will be held, Feb. 2 at Caproni's on the River, beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner is $40 a person with proceeds going to the humane society. Tickets can be purchased at Caproni's, Colonial Heights Veterinary Clinic and Town and Country Veterinary Clinic. Humane society President Rebecca Cartmell said tickets can be purchased from the society's board members. She may be contacted at 606-584-3431.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Historic Lee House to Become a Bed and Breakfast

Currently the Lee House in downtown Maysville, Kentucky is being used as an apartment complex, but rennovations are currently underway to turn the third floor into an upscale bed and breakfast, according to the Mason County Beat. Suite sizes for the bed and breakfast promise to be larger than most people's homes and include formal dining rooms and studies. The third floor has a wonderful view of the Ohio River and surrounding landscapes.

Built in the late 1700s, and listed with the National Register of Historic Places, the Lee House has a long history of accomodations. Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Governor John Chambers, and General Marquis de Lafayette have all spent time there. The rennovators are trying to remain as close to it's historical significance as economically feasible.

According to the National Register, "The fine Greek Revival detail of the northern addition makes the building architecturally significant. The sophisticated facade is among the first representative of this style in Mason County and the surrounding region. The composite structure also includes Federal and Northern European elements, with the latter reflecting a wave of German Settlers who populated the Ohio River Valley. The building can also be said to reflect a New Orleans influence."

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Quote of the Day From George Clooney

Quote of the Day from George Clooney, native of Maysville, Kentucky, in his acceptance speech at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards, January 16, 2006.

"It's early, I haven't had a drink yet."

He also said some other things that I'll skip over in this blog : )

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Story of the Black Patch War Hero

From the Mason County Museum Center:

Imagine witnessing your parents' farm destroyed, your home set on fire and your parents beaten and wounded and still having the courage to face in court the vigilante Night Riders who attacked you. The attack happened on May 2, 1907, as 14 year old Price Hollowell witnessed the brutal attack on his family during the Black Patch Tobacco Wars in Caldwell County, Kentucky. Among the attackers were Price's uncle and aunt.

On Friday January 20th, residents and visitors to the area will have a chance to hear Kentucky Chautauqua's youngest presenter, Ethan Smith from Cynthiana, KY, tell this little-known Kentucky story through a one-act drama, which chronicles, through the eyes of young Price Hollowell, the largest agricultural uprising in America.

Performance time is 9:30 a.m. at the Maysville Community and Technical College, 1755 U.S. Hwy 68, Maysville, KY. For more information contact the Museum Center at 606-564-5865

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Henry Thompson Stanton, 1834-1898

Henry T. Stanton was born in Alexandria, Virginia on June 30, 1834, the son of Judge Richard Henry Stanton. His father later moved the family to Maysville, Kentucky. Stanton was educated at the Maysville Seminary. He entered West Point but withdrew. Stanton served in the Confederate Army as a captain of a company in the 5th Kentucky regiment and from 1862-64 was assistant adjutant-general on the staff of Gen. John S. Williams. He had the same position on Col. Henry L. Giltner's staff and took command of a brigade. At the close of the war Stanton was a major serving as assistant adjutant-general on the staff of Gen. John Echols. Stanton's service was in Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, and Western Virginia and he was actively involved in a number of battles.

After the war, Stanton practiced law and was editor of the Maysville Bulletin until 1870. He also edited a newspaper in Frankfort. From 1870-74 he was chief assistant in the office of the State Commissioner of Insurance. He died in Frankfort, Kentucky in 1899.

Stanton's father, Richard Henry Stanton (1812-1891), was born in Virginia but moved to Kentucky and was a noted jurist and author of Kentucky legal treatises and editor of Kentucky's revised statutes. He served in the Congress as a representative from Kentucky.

See Also: Maysville Produced Two of Kentucky's Poet Laureates

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Bald Eagle Spotted in Piqua, Kentucky

Residents in nearby Piqua, Kentucky, located in Robertson County, were treated to a rare sight recently when one of them noticed a bald eagle perched in a tree on the back side of Martin's Fishing Lake. The eagle remained for more than 45 minutes before it flew away.

From the Ledger Independent:

According to KFW, eagles are considered a federally threatened species. Male and female eagles have the same coloring, but the female is usually larger than the male. Its wing span can be up to 8 feet and it can spot a potential meal from nearly a mile away. There was no doubt the bird Becketts watched was an eagle.

The article continues:

The eagle stayed at its lakeside perch a few more minutes before grabbing a northern breeze. The last the group saw of the bird it was headed toward Mount Olivet, beyond the hills and trees of Piqua.

Read more from the article at the Ledger Independent

Friday, January 13, 2006

Martin Luther King Tribute on Sunday

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929, and was the most famous leader of the American civil rights movement. For his promotion of non-violence and racial equality, King is considered a peacemaker and martyr by many people around the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. This Sunday marks the 77th anniversary of Reverend King's birth. He would have been 77 years old.

In memory of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and to celebrate his legacy of equality, the Maysville/Mason County NAACP encourages everyone in the community to participate in its third-annual Martin Luther King Jr. March. King was known for his peaceful means of portraying his message. One such device he used was marches which allowed people to stand up and be noticed, without resorting to violence.

The Maysville Martin Luther King Jr. March will begin at Bethel Baptist Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, and will continue to Scott United Methodist Church. A trolley will be provided for those who would like to participate but cannot march.

At the end of the walk, everyone is invited inside Scott United Methodist Church for refreshments and a special program with speaker Dr. George Russell, former pastor of the church, and the founder of the local Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund. Prior to Russell's speech, there will likely be poetry readings and music, as well as refreshments.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Civil War Roundtables at Homefront Cafe

The Civil War was an important part of American History. Starting this month, history enthusiasts will meet monthy at the Homefront Cafe, downtown Maysville, Kentucky, to discuss a wide range of topics related to the Civil War and life during those times. These meetings are to to be held on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The roundtable will be hosted by long time Civil War enthusiast, reenactor, and expert Ernie Parnell, and will include demonstrations related to the American Civil War in an open format. Anyone with an interest in history is invited to come and join in the discussion. Please contact the Homefront Cafe at 606.563.1009 or visit their web site at www.homefrontcafe.com for more information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Free Flu Vaccines

The Adams County (Ohio) Health Department is offering free flu vaccine available to adults and children 6 months of age and older. Flu shots will be available for walk-ins every Thursday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. or at other times by appointment only. Adult flu shots are also available on the Appalachian Hope Van. Call the health department at 544-5547 to schedule an appointment or with questions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

DH Resorts: A Western Dude Ranch in Kentucky

Stephen Dobson, co-owner of DH Resorts in nearby Fleming County, describes DH Resorts as "a western dude ranch in eastern Kentucky." The resort offers trail riding, lessons on horse care, school and youth group programs, camping, fishing, swimming and other activities. Facilities include a bunk house with 20 beds, a kitchen, a dining room and four full baths for youth groups, a pool, a playground, campgrounds, unfurnished cabins, a petting zoo, a restaurant, a lake and a 5,000-square-foot bed and breakfast. For more information on DH Resorts, you can visit their web site at: www.dhresorts.com or call 1-800-737-RIDE

Monday, January 09, 2006

Maysville Bridge Photos, Interesting Viewpoint

An engineer, while doing inspections this past October on the Simon Kenton Suspension Bridge and the Harsha Cable-Stay Bridge, was able to capture these amazing photos, from a viewpoint that us humble ground walkers rarely get to see:

Source

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Benjamin Ball, 1799

It's amazing what you'll find out about your local community when you go snooping around the web. Check out this little gem we dug up from the Whig Hill Blog about the author's ancestor who settled in the Mason County area in 1799:

Maysville, Kentucky, is in the floodplain on the south bank of the Ohio River. A great cliff rises above the narrow town. Long limestone ridges span throughout Mason County and, seemingly, all of central Kentucky. Some are wooded, some are open pasture; the sides are steep and crumbly. But none are so tall as to dominate the landscape. From atop each ridge, forever spreads out before you.

My ancestor, Benjamin Ball brought his family here in 1799 from Virginia—brought along in a flood of settlers from the east--and they landed several ridge-tops over from Maysville; in Sardis. They farmed—tobacco, maybe. The large black barns that open to air dry the hanging burley still dominate the farms.

Read More here: Whig Hill Blog

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Video File: Freedom Center Virtual Tour

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, has among it's many displays, featuring the plight of slaves trying to gain freedom through the Underground Railroad, one that depicts the history of Maysville, Kentucky and nearby Ripley, Ohio. From the Miami Art Exchange Blog:

Also on the museum's second floor, in an "environmental theater" filled with local vegetation, is Brothers of the Borderland, a film directed by Julie Dash and introduced by Oprah Winfrey. It tells the sentimental story of a slave escape from Maysville, Ky., to the famous abolitionist town of Ripley, Ohio, where the (white) Rev. John Rankin and the former slave John Parker worked together to help runaways. A nearby gallery, "Escape! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad," though designed for children, has enough content for adults. Alongside biographies of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself from Virginia to Pennsylvania, is a weirdly engaging interactive computer program that allows visitors to plot their own escapes. MAeX Art Blog

We really recommend taking the time to explore the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center because it is truly a one-of-a-kind unique museum. In the meantime, we were able to dig up these video files that contain a virtual tour of the museum:

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Zane's Trace: The Road to Maysville

Zane's Trace is the name for a frontier road constructed under the direction of Col. Ebenezer Zane through the Northwest Territory of the United States (in what is now the state of Ohio). The road was constructed during 1796 and 1797, ran from Wheeling, Virginia (now Wheeling, West Virginia) to Maysville in the relatively new state of Kentucky, and was a little over 230 miles long.

After serving in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, Col. Zane traveled to Washington, D.C., in early 1796 to petition Congress for money to finance the construction of a road that would encourage settlement in the Northwest Territory and speed up travel times to Kentucky. Zane would profit by construction of the road, both because he owned most of the land at its starting point of Wheeling, and also because he intended to buy tracts of land along the route. Congress approved a contract financing the project in May, 1796. Col. Zane was assisted in overseeing the construction by his brother, Jonathan Zane, and his son-in-law, John McIntire, as well as by a Native American guide, Tomepomehala. Col. Zane took advantage of existing Native American trails for some of the route, including the Mingo Trail in the area between present day Fairview, Ohio, and Zanesville, Ohio, and the Moxahala Trail in the area between present day Zanesville, Ohio, and Chillicothe, Ohio. Chillicothe was the only settlement along the trail which existed at the time of its construction. The Trace was constructed through heavily forested, hilly terrain, and at first was not easily traveled by wagon. After Ohio became a state in 1803, a state transportation tax was levied and used in 1804 to improve the entirety of the Trace, clearing out stumps and widening the thoroughfare. Between 1825 and 1830, the segment of Zane's Trace between Wheeling and Zanesville was rebuilt as part of the new National Road.

The rivers and streams along the Trace were crossed by ford or ferry. Ferries ran across the Ohio River to Maysville, Kentucky, and eventually the town of Aberdeen, Ohio, was founded in 1816 on the Ohio side of the river. A bridge was not built connecting Aberdeen and Maysville until 1931.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Kinkead Ridge Vineyard Blog

Our history rich neighbors to the west, Ripley, Ohio, is the base of operations for the Kinkead Ridge Vineyard, who recently started a blog about making wine in Southeast Ohio. They share an interesting story about how they decided to move from Oregon to Ohio. From the Kinkead Ridge Vineyard Blog:

Many people wonder how we came to leave our vineyard in Oregon for southern Ohio. When Ron was looking for a new challenge, we investigated eastern Washington (Walla Walla), southern Oregon, and southern Ohio. At the time, Walla Walla was a redneck backwoods, and I said to Ron, "I can't live here, you can't get a latte!" Look at Walla Walla now! Ron was intrigued for years with the soil in southern Ohio, unglaciated deep limestone, world-class for grape growing. We got on the web and searched Cincinnati, farms, 5 acres or more. The first listing that turned up was 4288 Kinkead Road, a tobacco farm of 126 acres, that had been on and off the market, as the Lawsons couldn't decide whether to sell. I was intrigued with the house, as I had never seen a Gothic Revival home. Three years of searching, with multiple airline trips, and we decided on this site. The soil was acceptable to Ron, and unlike the many derelict homes we had seen on various sites, the house was acceptable to me. This does not imply it didn't need some renovation... the kitchen only had one electrical outlet and no dishwasher! The soils have turned out even better than Ron expected.

When digging perennial beds around the house, it was a twilight zone moment to find a plate fragment, blue on white, with vinifera grapes on it.

The first cover story we got was Ohio Magazine, August 2001, in which Jenny Pavalasek said about Ron: "People think he is either a far-sighted entrepreneur... or completely nuts."

Kinkead Ridge Vineyard Blog: http://kinkeadridgewinery.typepad.com/

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Limestone Landing Hands

This photograph by Justin Parnell of Follow the River magazine depicts some of the many tiles affixed to the walls at Limestone Landing, downtown Maysville Kentucky. Prints of the photos are available at the Homefront Cafe on Second Street for a limited time only.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Flips Ahoy! Local Gymnastics Competition

The Mason County High School Girls Gymnasium, in downtown Maysville, will be hosting the Flips Ahoy trampoline and tumbling meet January 7th from 8am to 6pm. This event is sanctioned by the USTA/AAU and is open to the public. Teams from Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee will compete at this one day event of gymnastic skill. Contact Sherrie Mefford at 606-564-9419 for more information.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Maysville's Hampton Inn Ready to Open

Sharp-eyed Maysville residents may have noticed construction taking place behind Tumbleweed of the new Hampton Inn premier hotel. Set to open on January 10th, the new hotel is reported to sport granite vanities from China, marble from Illinois, and many other plush features. Finishing touches are being added currently before the hotel opens. Some of the 62 rooms will have King-sized beds, others will have double-Queens, and even a few have Jacuzzis in the room itself. Nice : ) Other amenities include both wireless and hardwired Internet access, and a nifty little feature that allows you to read the hotel's breakfast menu on the room's television screen. Breakfast, by the way, will be French toast, fresh fruit, cereals, ham and eggs and coffee and juices, with coffee throughout the day. Throughout the lobby and public areas are black and white photos depicting Maysville and the surrounding areas.

I've personally been looking forward to the Hampton Inn opening for some time. Since my sister-in-law is the manager for the one in Lexington, I can verify the quality of their services and say that places like these bring many visitors to town.

More about the hotel can be found at the Hampton Inn web site.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year Resolutions for the Blog

Happy New Year everyone! Traditionally the beginning of the year is a chance to look back at the previous year while making plans for the upcoming one. Here we are excited about some of the things we have planned for the Maysville Kentucky Blog and our main site, MaysvilleXplorer. The term blog is a lazy contraction of the words web log. Basically it is a web site that keeps a running log of things of interest to a particular theme, in descending order by date. So far, we've tried to highlight some of the interesting things we've come across in the Maysville and surrounding areas that people interested in Maysville will want to see, whether they are from the area or not.

As we move into the new year, we hope to finish the development of our main site and open it to the public. Without letting any cats out of the bag, our mission is to continue the goals behind the Blog using other cutting edge technology. That is, we hope to continue hilighting things we come across for people both inside and outside of Maysville, in new and exciting ways.

We have a lot of talent on our side. The people behind the Maysville Kentucky Blog are the same people who designed the software that runs many of the area's major web sites, including their graphical designs. We also operate several non-Maysville web sites that have successfully used technology to better the particular community it was designed for. We have a pretty good track record in marketing community interests. It is our hope to use this talent to show the rest of the world why Maysville, its people, and the surrounding areas are as cool as we know they are.

This rambling on isn't just to pat ourselves on the back for past successes while we are nursing a New Year's hangover : ) Hopefully it also serves to get others excited about things to come. After all, that is what New Year's is all about. All we can say is that, in Maysville, there are exciting things coming. We invite the rest of the world to come on out to our little town and share in the excitement.