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Program 419

1. Adsmore House
2. jazz dance workshop
3. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
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Caldwell County

For more information:
Adsmore Museum, 304 N. Jefferson St., Princeton, KY 42445, (270) 365-3114

Producer: Donna Ross


Historic Home

Adsmore House

In 1900, the John Parker Smith family moved into a big brick house named Adsmore on Jefferson Street in the prosperous Western Kentucky town of Princeton. The Caldwell County town had long been a “crossroads community” where major roads converged—in 1838, Princeton was on the route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears—and therefore a center for trade. By the turn of the century, the booming tobacco business and the completion of several major railroad lines had brought even more business to town, and Princeton was thriving.

Adsmore itself had been built in the 1850s. The Smiths hired noted Louisville architect Brinton Davis to enlarge and remodel the house, modifying its original Greek Revival style with Colonial Revival touches. It remained in the family until 1984, when John Parker Smith’s granddaughter left it to the trustees of the George Coon Public Library. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been open to the public since 1986.

Today, visitors to Adsmore step back to the turn of the century with the help of interpreters in period clothing, who reenact scenes from Victorian domestic life.

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Warren County

Producer: Cheryl Beckley


All That Jazz

Jazz dance workshop

Next up is a visit to a jazz dance workshop at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Dancers from all over the world gathered to learn from choreographers who helped pioneer this art form. One, Matt Mattox, danced in Hollywood with stars like Judy Garland and Cyd Charisse. In the 1950s and ’60s, he was a leading choreographer for television, most notably The Bell Telephone Hour.

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Cumberland County

For more information:
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, 6371 State Park Rd., Burkesville, KY 42717, (800) 325-2282

Producer: Gale Worth


New and Improved

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park

With the addition of a brand-new lodge, Dale Hollow Lake State Park officially became Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park shortly before the dawn of the 21st century. But boaters and those who prefer sleeping under the stars have long appreciated the beauty of the 27,000-acre manmade lake and the surrounding woodlands. In fact, in a state known for horses, Dale Hollow is the only state park with a horse-camping area.

Dale Hollow Lake straddles the border between Clay County, Tennessee and Cumberland and Clinton counties in Kentucky.

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