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Program 607

1. Paducah’s Civil War museum
2. Kentucky ancestors, circa 10,000 B.C.
3. wildlife artist John Ward
4. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
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McCracken County

For more information:
• Tilghman Heritage Centre, 631 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY 42003, (270) 575-1870

Producer, videographer: Gale Worth


House of History

The Tilghman Heritage Centre

To begin with relatively recent history, join us for a tour of the Tilghman Heritage Centre and Civil War Interpretive Museum in Paducah. In the 1990s, a group of dedicated volunteers saved an antebellum mansion from the wrecking ball and turned it into this center for the study of the tangled and bloody story of Kentucky in the Civil War.

It’s an appropriate setting: The house was built in 1852 for Lloyd Tilghman, a Baltimore native who had come to Western Kentucky in 1852 as a railroad engineer, to supervise the construction of the New Orleans & Ohio Railroad linking Paducah to the Gulf of Mexico. A West Point graduate who had risen to the rank of captain in the Mexican War, Tilghman probably thought he had put his military career behind him. But before his first decade in Kentucky was over, the state and the country were plunged into war.

At first, Tilghman fought to keep his adopted state neutral. But that effort was short-lived, and Tilghman joined the Confederacy. He moved to Tennessee and formed the 3rd Kentucky Regiment, was promoted to brigadier general, was put in command of Fort Henry only to have to surrender it to Ulysses S. Grant, and was himself taken prisoner. After being released in a prisoner exchange, he took command of a brigade in the defense of Vicksburg in May 1863—and was fatally wounded.

Though Tilghman himself is buried in New York, some members of his family remained in the Paducah area. In 1921, they donated funds for the purchase of land to build a high school, which is named in the general’s honor.

The Tilghman Heritage Centre is at 7th and Kentucky Avenue in downtown Paducah.

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Jackson County

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Dig It

Archaeology in the Daniel Boone National Forest

Next, host Dave Shuffett steps much farther back into history—or rather, prehistory—on a visit to an archaeological dig in the Daniel Boone National Forest. More than 12,000 years before Boone made his own explorations of the region, people were using the innumerable rock shelters in the area as base camps for hunting and foraging expeditions. Archaeologists Randy Boedy, Bill Sharp, and Cecil Ison, along with technician Mary White, give Dave an overview of how they recover and interpret the signs left by those ancient visitors.

Ison and his archaeological research are also spotlighted in our Electronic Field Trip to the Forest.

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Montgomery County

For more information:
John Ward Art Studio, (859) 498-5475

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee


The Art of Nature

Painter John Ward

Our next stop is the Mount Sterling studio of John Ward, an artist who takes the visual feast offered by nature as his inspiration. Though he hadn’t quit his day job quite yet at the time we visited in 1999, Ward is making his name known in the field of wildlife art. Look closely at this Kentucky Life profile, and you’ll see him working on a painting that has since won a poster contest sponsored by the National Timberwolves Alliance.

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Russell County

For more information:
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, 5465 State Park Rd., Jamestown, KY 42629-7801, (800) 325-1709, marina (800) 234-3625

Producer: Ernie Lee Martin


Staying Afloat

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

After all that traveling, how about coming to rest at one of Kentucky’s favorite vacation spots? Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is a popular destination, but then there’s plenty of room: The long, narrow lake, created when the Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Cumberland River in 1952, covers more than 50,000 acres and has more than 1,200 miles of shoreline.

All those nooks and crannies make the lake a houseboater’s and fisher’s delight. (The waters are regularly stocked with trout from an on-site hatchery.) On shore, you might also see deer, raccoons, and signs that beavers have been at work on their own engineering projects.

For a little historical perspective, Kentucky Life Program 312 has the story of Burnside, a small town that was all but abandoned in ’52 when the newly impounded waters flooded it out—except for a small area of high ground, which is now the site of Kentucky’s only island park.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is 45 miles west of Somerset in Russell County. Take the Cumberland Parkway to U.S. 127.

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