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Archive for October, 2009


What an exciting day in Perryville!  The KY Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative and UK Dep’t of Landscape Architecture hosted a successful workshop for several city, county, and state leaders and citizens to make real progress toward preserving and redeveloping historic Merchants Row.

Perryville is all abuzz with plans for growth, preservation and sustainability. Senator Buford spoke and many community heads are here right now discussing many options and what is best. What do YOU want to see?



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Location: Boyle County

Campaign: Confederate Heartland Offensive (1862)

Date(s): October 8, 1862

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell [US]; Gen. Braxton Bragg [CS]

Forces Engaged: Army of the Ohio [US]; Army of the Mississippi [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 7,407 total (US 4,211; CS 3,196)

Description: Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg’s autumn 1862 invasion of Kentucky had reached the outskirts of Louisville and Cincinnati, but he was forced to retreat and regroup. On October 7, the Federal army of Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, numbering nearly…… Read more…


A stretch of U.S. 150 and has received a recognition that could draw attention and federal dollars to communities in Boyle County.

Community and government representatives gathered at City Hall in Perryville for the official announcement that the section of highway running from Hodgenville to Danville has been dubbed the Lincoln Heritage Highway and designated a National Scenic Byway.

The Scenic Byways program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Lincoln Heritage Highway will be one of only 151 nationally and six in Kentucky…… Read more…


Book review | Exploring the drama of Perryville

Kentucky Land for Sale Civil War Ground

Kentucky’s turn in the Civil War spotlight in 1862 may have been brief, but it was far from uneventful. In the weeks between late August, when Confederate forces invaded from Tennessee, and Oct. 8, when both sides fought to a draw in the fields near Perryville, the outcome of the war and possibly the future of the nation hung in the balance.

Kentucky was a slave state that did not leave the Union and tried to stay neutral. But that was a daunting challenge with Federal troops controlling Kentucky’s rivers and cities, including Louisville, and Confederate armies occupying the Bluegrass from Bardstown to Richmond.

Both sides desperately wanted Kentucky’s……  Click detail to read more……. Read more…

Three KY Scenic Byways Get National Designation
By WestKyStar Staff

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that three Kentucky scenic corridors — Lincoln Heritage Highway, Kentucky Great River Road and Woodlands Trace — have been elevated to National Scenic Byway designation by the Federal Highway Administration.

“These highways showcase a part of Kentucky’s rich …. Read more…


Perryville is known for being a peaceful and gorgeous little town in the Bluegrass Region, but did you know it is also known for the bloodiest Civil War Battle in Kentucky?  Click here for more info and history. All that Civil War stuff is long gone and “ancient history”, but we still host a reenactment here every year – local, regional and national Civil War reenactments.  If you’ve never been, you need to come and see that.  It makes the hair stand straight up on the back of my neck when Abe Lincoln addresses the troops.  Awesome weekend out with the family.

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we had runners – man, did we have runners.  About 3,000 all told.  http://www.bourbonchase.com/

We love the Bourbon Runners!  See you next year!!!

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In downtown Perryville, visitors walked the streets, stopping in some of the shops, including the Itchy Dog Cafe and Antiques, a restaurant that opened on Merchants’ Row on Saturday.

Co-owner Jennifer Lanham said she and her husband, Chad, chose to open the restaurant this weekend because with the battle re-enactment there would be a lot of people in town. A grand opening will be scheduled later.

The restaurant offers many home-cooked and made-from-scratch items, including zucchini bread, that Jennifer said is of her own creation, and pork roast.

Jennifer said she has always wanted to own her own business and after going back to school to get a business degree, she felt she was at a point in her life when she had the confidence to open a restaurant.

“It really empowered me,” she said. “There wasn’t much in life I couldn’t do.”

The Itchy Dog Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday, hours vary.

Itchy Dog Antiques
South Buell Street
Perryville, KY 40468