Day 19 - Louisville - Kentucky
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
38Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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It was back on the road, this time Kentucky bound.
Kentucky is beautiful. It is exactly as I hoped it would be, green fields, white fences and all the colours of fall.
First stop was Hodgenville to see Abraham Lincoln's childhood home, except that it's actually not Lincoln's home. It has since been discovered that the log cabin lovingly preserved all these years pre-dates his home, but it is very similar to the style of home he would have lived in. For my mind they've let the truth get in the way of a good story here, I'd much prefer to be lied to and to think I saw it for real, but alas the historian's have ruined that fantasy
The other slightly odd thing is that Kentucky, like Tennessee, places a high importance on education and, like Tennessee, dons the nickname the Athens of the South and as such have housed the little log cabin inside a large Greek style building in order to protect it from the elements. Most peculiar.
Then a few miles down the road you get to see another log cabin that is also not his childhood home. This one is a replica built where the original one stood. At least this one was right out in the open without a protective concrete Greek style replica shield.
So today, despite a couple of attempts, I did not see Lincoln's childhood home, but I did at least see the area.
We then headed to Bardstown where it was unanimously decided that this would be a wonderful place to spend a few lazy days. It was such a sweet, quant little village. It is the home of "My Old Kentucky Home State Park" where the State song "My Old Kentucky Home" was composed by Stephen Collins Foster who also wrote such greats as "Oh Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Swanee River", "Beautiful Dreamer" and "Jeanie with the light brown hair", just to name a few
From there we lowered the tone a bit, left historic houses and stately parks and headed for the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. Jim Beam is Kentucky's oldest bourbon distillery, with production beginning in 1795 (just had a little break during the prohibition years and then it was straight back to business). It is also the number one selling bourbon in the world, and here's the time to be proud, the biggest overseas importer of this golden brown liquor is Australia, apparently we love it. I never really have been much of a fan, but again when in Rome, and there were free tastings after all. Just like country music I think I could develop a taste for this, especially the posh small batch versions and the flavoured bourbons (black cherry was delicious).