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Program 210

1. Reelfoot Lake
2. the Civil War Battle of Perryville
3. birdhouse artist Myra Howard
4. The Quilt Box
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For more information:
• Calhoun’s Boat Works, (901) 253-7777

Producer: Charlee Heaton Pagoulatos


Jumping Stumps

Byron Crawford boating with Dale Calhoun Reelfoot Lake

To start this episode, host Byron Crawford heads west—as far west as you can go without leaving Kentucky. Reelfoot Lake in Fulton County was created by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12, when the ground reportedly shook for weeks and the air was filled with the smell of sulfur. One lasting consequence was that the Mississippi River changed course, isolating a small body of shallow water.

Dale Calhoun, whose family has been making Reelfoot Lake’s distinctive “stump jumper” boats since before the Civil War, takes Byron out in one amid scenery reminiscent of Deep South swamplands, with plenty of wild birds and cypress trees. The Calhoun family’s boats are prized by fishermen because they easily run across submerged logs in the lake.

For more Reelfoot scenery, see our bald eagle-watching expedition in Program 818.

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For more information:
• About the park: Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468, (859) 332-8631. About the battle: Battle of Perryville.com.

Producer: Tom Thurman


The Blue and the Gray

The Civil War Battle of Perryville

On October 8, 1862, the Confederate campaign to recapture Kentucky came to a climax at the small Boyle County community of Perryville. The Confederate forces, who numbered only 16,000, held the day against 58,000 Federal troops, but then were forced to withdraw. Within a week, the Confederate army was on the road back to Tennessee, and the Kentucky campaign was over.

Come with us to the now-peaceful fields where nearly 1,300 men died in a single afternoon and relive a turning point in the War Between the States. While our cameras tour the site, historian Kent Masterson Brown provides some background on the strategic importance of the battle and the tactics of the combatants.

The battlefield is located two and one-half miles northwest of Perryville on Route 1920. Self-guided tours are offered, and the museum and gift shop are open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (ET) from April through October. A reenactment of the battle is held each October on the weekend closest to October 8.

Kentucky Life made a return visit, for a national reenactment on the battle’s 140th anniversary, in Program 911. The Battle of Perryville also has been the subject of a KET Electronic Field Trip.

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For more information:
• Myra Sue Howard, 333 Howard Branch Road, Salyersville, KY 41465

Producer: Gale Worth


Art for the Birds

Birdhouse artist Myra Howard

Salyersville folk artist Myra Howard has a special affinity for birdhouses, which she often decorates with likenesses of family members. Kentucky Life visits her at her quiet mountain home to see some works in progress.

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For more information:
• The Quilt Box, N. Hwy 467, P.O. Box 9, Dry Ridge, KY 41035, (606) 824-4007

Producer: Joy Flynn


Not Your Average Quilt Shop

The Quilt Box

photo of a quilt and wall hanging The Quilt Box, a country store near Dry Ridge in Northern Kentucky, is a quilter’s paradise. But the proprietors make sure any other family members who tag along on the shopping trip will be entertained, too: There’s a lake where you can work on your fishing skills and a collection of farm animals (plus peacocks) to keep the kids occupied.

To get there, take exit 159 (Dry Ridge) off Interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky. The Quilt Box is located at Walnut Spring Farm on Highway 467, 2.7 miles from the interstate. It’s open Monday through Saturday.

One person who’s already visited is ardent quilter Lynn Holland. Her article on Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee quilt shops from the Traveling Quilter web site describes her pilgrimage to the Quilt Box.

Owner Natalie Lahner also offers a newsletter for customers.

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