My Old Kentucky Home

We first spotted this beautiful old house along Interstate 24 outside Hopkinsville, KY in 2002.  It was part of a complete farmstead near the interstate. (mile marker 71, I believe.) It consisted of the house and several other buildings. We passed by it several times before we stopped with our motorhome at a nearby truck stop in an attempt to find a back road to the property.

We finally found a road which crossed under the interstate and then a service road to what, at one time, had been a very beautiful farmstead. There were several barns and sheds on the property. All of them had seen their better days. 

This, once a beautiful colonial house, complete with a large front porch was unique, in my opinion, because the slave quarters were attached to the house.  To see the remainder of the farmstead buildings in a gallery, go to:

Sadly, now all the buildings have been demolished and are gone forever. Just baren land is in its place.

After photographing this farmstead, we followed more back roads through the hills of Kentucky and Northern Tennessee in search of more old barns and buildings.

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Falls Grist Mill

A short time ago my blog featured an old barn on highway 64 in Tennessee.  We were on our way to Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, TN.  I did not take any photographs in Lynchburg, but a lady at the visitor’s bureau there told me about an old grist mill at Belvidere, TN, –  Falls Grist Mill. We found it and it was a neat mill, However, the day was very cloudy. We waited for quite a while for the sun to come out but we gave up on that happening.

The photographs in this blog were taken on that cloudy day. Actually,l I think the black & white photos turned out better without the sun. Without the shadows, I was able to gain more detail in the trees, grasses and the mill itself…especially the old mill wheel.

I also took several colored views of the mill and I have included one here. Unfortunately, without the blue sky the water in the millpond appears a brown color. You can choose the view you like best.This mill is still operational today, I believe.

We asked a lady in the gift shop at the mill if there was a local restaurant nearby where we could get a quick snack. She mentioned the “Blue Plate Special” a few miles down the road. We  found it and had a “Blue Plate Special,” lunch. But don’t ask me what it was because cannot remember. My wife was the only female in the place., other than the waitress.

What a lucky day; two great photographs in one trip. Sometimes you can go several days without finding anything to photograph.

Several years later while I was working at the Blue Morning Gallery in Pensacola, (where I am an artist,) I met some visitors from Tennessee. I told them about the barn and grist mill I found in South Tennessee. I was informed, “Sir, there is no South Tennessee, just  West Tennessee and  East Tennessee!”

A person is never too old to learn more about geography.



Abandonerd Car

This abandoned car was found along the back waters of the Mississippi River in Southeastern Minnesota. Sitting on the ground with the front doors wide open, it appears the driver who last drove the car just got out and walked away.  The building in the background is a Civil War era house. It is part of a homestead which once contained several buildings including a barn/stable. The old car is believed to be a Chrysler. This scene was captured in 2000. The last time I had seen the car was in 2016, but the barn/stable was gone.
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The bridge at Selma

Among the items on our bucket list was to visit Selma, AL and take photographs of the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, It was the scene on the “Bloody Sunday Attack”  March, 7th, l965. I was working in a a daily newspaper’s news room in 1965 when the AP’s wire service was sending report after report on the problems happening in Selma. It was impossible to comprehend them. Two weeks later, Rev. Martin Luther King and  Rev. Ralph Abernathy led a court approved march from Selma, across the bridge to the state capital at Montgomery, 54 miles away,

I wanted to see and walk across the bridge where history was made that year. It is a  bridge which was smaller than I expected, over the Alabama River  One unexpected surprise was the wild flowers growing underneath the bridge.

It was a beautiful drive going from Pace (near Pensacola FL) on the interstate to Greenville, AL and then taking the back roads to Selma. Along the back roads we saw mile after mile of wild purple Wisteria hanging from the trees and covering the fence rows as we drove north. Here are some views of the bridge.

Bridge sign 72

Towards Selma 72



Where the wild flowers grow 72Front View 1


Bridge view 72




Falls Mill

falls-mill-waterSometimes the lighting will never work out right for you until you take a look at the results. At a gallery night in Pensacola recently a person told me about this mill in Tennessee near the Jack Daniels distillery.

After talking to the tourist welcome center in Tennessee and a shop keeper near Jack Daniels we found the location of the mill near Maxwell which is between Fayetteville and Winchester, TN. Then we found the mill but I wanted to wait for an afternoon sun for better lighting.. We went to a local  “down home ”restaurant for the noon plate special and returned to the mill. The afternoon sun never really appeared. It actually got darker as a storm was approaching. The lighting actually worked to my advantage as it high lighted the leaves on the trees as well.

This is the Falls Mill and Country Store. It is listed on the National register of Historic Places is a working water powered grain mill and museum. It is a very scenic site.  

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