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31Dec

Songwriter Kendall Hayes was born in Perryville, KY on October 6, 1935.  His most notable song was “Walk On By” that LeRoy Van Dyke made popular, then it was recorded by more than 150 artists – memorable to most by Dionne Warwick.  read more on that here

here is his obituary that ran in the New York Times:

Kendall L. Hayes; Songwriter, 59

Published: February 15, 1995

DANVILLE, Ky., Feb. 14— Kendall L. Hayes, a country-music songwriter whose song “Walk On By” was recorded by 150 artists, died on Friday at his home here in Danville, Kentucky. He was 59.

The cause was liver cancer, his family said.

Mr. Hayes, whose other big hit was “Don’t Give Up the Ship,” recorded by Johnny Wright, also performed in Grand Ole Opry roadshows in the 1960′s.

In 1961, Leroy Van Dyke’s version of “Walk On By” was No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s country singles chart for 19 weeks, and reached No. 5 on the pop chart.

Billboard named the Van Dyke recording the top-charting country record of all time in its 100th-anniversary edition, published in November. “Walk On By” was also recorded by Asleep at the Wheel, Donna Fargo and the rockabilly artist Robert Gordon.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Danville; two sons, James, of Lexington, Ky., and Michael, of Fort Worth, and a brother, Harman, of St. Louis.


31Dec

The latitude of Perryville is 37.650N. The longitude is -84.951W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 840 feet.

Now you know!   :-)

Also, a good place to find us is in the center of the state, about 8 miles west of Danville, Kentucky and 35 miles south of Lexington, KY – one of Kentucky’s favorite cities.


29Dec

PERRYVILLE, Ky. – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is planning its annual Civil War battle re-enactment with a special emphasis on horses for 2010.

That’s because the Oct. 2-3 re-enactment weekend occurs during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Games are the world’s most prestigious equestrian event and will attract guests from around the world Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010.

The theme for the Perryville re-enactment will be “Horse Soldiers – Cavalry in the American Civil War.” There will be expert Read more…


28Dec

History :

During the final stages of the American Revolution, James Harbeson and a group of settlers crossed the blue mountains of Virginia and found their way into the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Finding a suitable site alongside the Chaplin River, the settlers built a fort next to a spring and cave. This fort, dubbed Harbeson’s Station after its founder, was the precursor to modern-day Perryville. The settlers farmed the east bank of the Chaplin River. When troubles with local Indians arose, they would flee across the water and into the cave to seek shelter from attack. The cave, which can still be viewed today, formed the settlers’ first line of defense. One day James Harbeson failed to reach the mouth of the cave in time. Local legend holds that Harbeson disappeared. His head, however, Read more…


26Dec

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By BARRY NEWMAN of the WSJ  

LEXINGTON, Ky. — There are two tea-party movements in America. One favors low taxes, small government and patriotic feeling. The other favors fine china, orange pekoe and cordial chitchat.

The two have coexisted uneasily since Dec. 16, 1773, when antitax demonstrators dumped 342 chests of quite drinkable tea into Boston Harbor. Lately, tea dumpers have touched off a raucous revival. But tea sippers, enjoying a genteel revival of their own, aren’t showing the dumpers much sympathy.

“I’m promoting tea parties — just not that kind of tea party,” says Bruce Richardson, who lives in Perryville, a village 45 miles southwest of here. For a living, he imports tea, publishes books about tea and teaches tea-brewing and tea-party proprieties.

Read more…


16Dec

Who led the armies?Perryville, KY Danville, Kentucky Bluegrass farms for salePerryville, KY Danville, Kentucky Bluegrass farms for sale

Major General Don Carlos Buell (from Ohio) led the Union army. General Braxton Bragg (born in North Carolina) led the Confederate army.Who led the armies? Major General Don Carlos Buell (from Ohio) led the Union army. General Braxton Bragg (born in North Carolina) led the Confederate army.


9Dec

We will be making vinyl stick on for your vehicle, your place of business, for your home – or for any reason you like.  These stickersPerryville KY will be available at Worley’s Perryville Furniture Mart and through this site.

Show your support for Historic Perryville and help us spread the word that Perryville, KY is simply the center of the Universe.  :-)


8Dec

Elmwood Inn of historic Perryville, Kentucky is nationally known because its signature facade is featured on thousands of tins of tea and recipe books that ship every day under the banner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas company. Built in 1842 by local merchant John Burton, the Greek Revival mansion was used as a make-shift hospital during the 1862 Battle of Perryville in the American Civil War. The handsome building served as boarding school from 1896 until 1924 under the care of headmaster Thomas Poynter.

Elmwood was rescued by preservationists in 1974, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as a Kentucky landmark by Governor Wendell Ford. It served as a regional restaurant until 1989. Noted guests during that time included Ronald Reagan andKFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders. The inn was transformed into one of America’s best-known tea houses in 1990 under the ownership of Bruce and Shelley Richardson. In 2002, Elmwood Inn was named by the UK Tea Council as the first American tea room to be included in their prestigious publication “Best Tea Places.”

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas began importing, blending and packaging specialty teas in 1993 and now supplies teas to tea rooms, restaurants and gift shops in every state. Elmwood Inn’s publishing division, Benjamin Press, is the publisher of over 17 books, mainly on the subject of tea.

The Richardsons ceased the tea room and retail operations in 2004. Elmwood Inn is now home to the offices of the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press.

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6Dec

Perryville, KY

In 1862, Lytle’s regiment took part in the endless march from Alabama to Kentucky, which led to his second battlefield wounding during the Battle of Perryville. The colonel was left on the field for dead, but did not succumb to his wound. He was taken prisoner and thus managed to miss the Battle of Stones River. He was exchanged on Feb. 4, 1863 and quickly moved to rejoin the army in Murfreesboro.

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1Dec

What happened to the wounded soldiers?  Nearly all of the homes, businesses, stables, and churches within a 10-mile radius of the battlefield were used as field hospitals after the battle.  A few weeks later, 11 official, numbered hospitals were established in Perryville, and all of the remaining patients were moved to these hospitals. The last of the Perryville hospitals closed in March 1863, more than five months after the battle.