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Hell for Certain (Hell Fer Sartin) is a village in Leslie County, SE Kentucky. (locals prefer Dryhill) It is named after a creek of the same name—named after peculiar rock formations. Vacation destination?

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Yippy yi yo!

You don’t need to go out west! Photos of cowboys, deserts, and prickly pear cactus always amuse me. Kentucky has the Eastern Pricky Pear cactus. I found out the hard way when I found it in my yard. At first, I thought someone had played a practical joke on me. But then again, Kentucky—the horse state—would have cactus.

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The glory days are gone

Fountain Run AKA Jim Town is in Monroe County, Kentucky. It once sported a large business district, still has the Fountain Run Barbecue Festival. My great-grandmother, Louisa Ward was born on a nearby farm. My great-grandfather, Thomas Gillenwaters, signed up for the Union Army here.

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Thousands of years ago, people on a raft set sail from England for Ireland. Blown off course, they landed on the North American shores. Thinking they were in Ireland, they settled in the Kentucky wilderness, naming it Headley Hill. Somewhat bewildered, they reside to this day in the backwoods near Louisville.

[Editor’s note: despite the coffee, Mr. Suddeth remains bewildered]

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Flippin, Monroe County, Kentucky: (named after the 1st settler) is now just 2 churches and a few houses. When my great-grandfather, Thomas Gillenwaters, returned from his stint in the Union Army, he taught school in Flippin. Around 1870, Flippin had schools, a downtown shopping district, and a hotel.

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My cousin, Jackie Zaccardo, took this photo 111020. Fishing on the Green River in central Kentucky.

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Howdy y’all

Today, October 19, is National Kentucky Day, celebrating our 1792 statehood. (my mother-in-law was present in 1792, became very teary eyed.) Photos: Red River Gorge. 1837 Old Capitol.

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Headley Hill Manor

In 1385, my ancestor, Farnham Suddeth, sailed from England to North America and established Headley Hill Manor in the wilds of Jefferson County Kentucky. To this very day, serfs plow fields of flax, barley, and oats with oxen. Jousting and and archery are favorite pursuits of the manor’s owners. Signed, Farnham Suddeth VII.

[Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth made his coffee too strong today]

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Sunset, July 2018, Okolona Kentucky. Ethan Suddeth photo.

 

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The Cherokee Trail of Tears had 3 paths in Kentucky. The northern-most trail passed near Hopkinsville (broken line). The middle trail followed the Tennessee River (blue line). The southern line crossed the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park (dark line). The family in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, tried to escape from the Trail of Tears. NPS photo, near Princeton, KY.

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