Great post and information on commercial wine production in Kentucky and when it started.
While doing research for my last blog post, I was inspired to share a relatively unknown fact about U.S. wine. One of the first states to begin commercial wine production was none other than (drum roll) Kentucky which started back in 1799. That isn’t to say wine wasn’t being produced in the U.S prior to this, for example, in California Jesuit missionaries started as early as the 1680’s but it wasn’t with the intention of exporting or mass distribution. Kentucky offered an ideal climate for wine-making in addition to the prevalence of limestone near the Ohio River. This combination led to Kentucky being America’s third largest producer of wine in the mid-nineteenth century.
Kentucky wine production was first started by the Marquis de Lafayette’s wine maker, Jean-Jacques Dufour. He joined forces with statesman, Henry Clay, and launched the “Kentucky Vineyard Society.” While boasting impressive consumers like Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky’s wine…
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On Saturday night, the staff of Everything Kentucky ventured out in to the country….Horse Country to visit a cute, quaint little restaurant called the Windy Corner. This little country store and restaurant certainly lived up to its reputation. We’ve only ever heard good things about this place and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
When you walk in this place, country living is the immediate feel. From Kentucky Pride goodies for sale all around to the hustle and bustle of the filled tables of people eating good food and enjoying a wonderful Saturday evening, this place has a little bit of everything.
This little joint offers a wonderful menu and their dinner specials are very unique. I had the Shrimp and Grits and it was to die for. Seriously, some of the best shrimp and grits I have ever had and my family knows grits, honey!
Cons: The only thing that I didn’t like is you walk up and order. I’ve never been a fan of ordering and then sitting down. The line was huge and you always have this one annoying person that has stood in line for 20 minutes, finally makes it to the cash register to order and STILL has no clue what they want. COME ON! This is just my preference and not a deal breaker by any means!
Definitely want t to try their breakfast, it looks really good! We will for sure be back!!
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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