Betty McCoy Residence (2016)

Great photos and interesting post on Betty McCoy House in Pike County.

Brandon Ray Kirk

On December 7, 2016, I visited the Betty McCoy House at Stringtown, Pike County, Kentucky. According to tradition, Roseanna McCoy gave birth to her child by Johnse Hatfield here at Aunt Betty’s residence in 1881. The romance between Johnse and Roseanna represents one of the more familiar events of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud.

img_6741 Betty McCoy residence in Stringtown, Pike County, KY. According to legend, Roseanna McCoy gave birth to Sarah Elizabeth at this location in 1881.

img_6734 Betty McCoy residence in Stringtown, Pike County, KY. According to legend, Johnse Hatfield continually tried to see Roseanna while she stayed here with Aunt Betty.

img_6740 Historical Marker at Stringtown, Pike County, KY. This is Site 2 on the Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure.

img_6739 To reach Sally’s grave in the McCoy cemetery, you go up these steps…

img_6735 And up these steps…

img_6717 Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” McCoy grave at Stringtown, Pike County, KY.

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DOG DAZE AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK, LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

Many people probably don’ t know Kentucky Horse Park is a dog friendly park.

Dog Trotting

dog-friendly Kentucky Horse Park and scupture

Bring your dog to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dogs and horses. Awesome.  Add a cat show to the mix and I’ve gone to heaven.

Ok, no cats at the Kentucky Horse Park but plenty of horses – 90 live on the property. Some are former famous racehorses, others pull the trolley carts that take visitors around the park twice a day and others represent various breeds and participate in the daily 2pm Breed Show educating visitors about the history and highlights of different horse types.

Victor was less interested in the Breed Show, which is the first thing we watch. He was more interested in the new smells – strong smells – and dodging the attention of a young admirer who toddled around my 11-year-old schnoodle with shaky balance and unshakable interest.

Victor loves kids, so normally I’m not concerned. But when the fondling didn’t wane…

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LIBERTY HALL IN FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY

liberty hall frankfort, ky. Liberty Hall located at 202 Wilkinson Street in Frankfort, Kentucky is a museum well worth your time to visit.

Kentucky’s first United States Senator, John Brown, bought the property and historic site in downtown Frankfort in 1796. He began construction shortly afterwards on one of the earliest brick homes in this area.  The house was completed in 1804.  He named his home Liberty Hall.

Liberty Hall, in addition to the main house, had several other structures including a kitchen, laundry, smokehouse, privy, stables, carriage house, slave quarters and a boat landing. The house was occupied by Brown and his descendants until the 1930s.  It was opened as a museum in 1937.

The Browns were very social people and hosted such dignitaries as President James Monroe, Col. Zachary Taylor, Col. Andrew Jackson, Gen. Lafayette, Aaron Burr, William Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Grey Lady of Liberty Hall has haunted the grounds for many years.  Margaret Vick, an aunt of Mrs. Brown, came to Liberty Hall when one of the Browns children died to be of comfort to the family.  Margaret died of a heart attack in one of the bedrooms a few days after her arrival.  She seems to appear throughout the mansion dressed in gray.  Doors open and close, there are cold spots and strange lights.  People have spotted her looking out an upstairs window.   A curator took some pictures of a restoration project and in one picture there is an image of a woman coming down the stairs.

A Spanish opera star disappeared from the grounds in 1805 while staying at the Browns.  She was last seen walking near the river.  Her body was never found.  A dark-haired female ghost has been seen running through the grounds.

A soldier appears peering into the living room window on occasion.

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