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Program 616

1. the Sally Brown Nature Preserve
2. treasure hunter Tracy Watkins
3. the Wise Village Pickers
4. Lexington Cemetery
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Garrard County

For more information:
Sally Brown Nature Preserve, c/o the Nature Conservancy, Kentucky Chapter, 642 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508, (859) 259-9655

Producer, videographer: Gale Worth


Sally’s Preserve

The Sally Brown Nature Preserve

Let’s start this installment of Kentucky Life with a little exercise: a hike through the Sally Brown Nature Preserve in Garrard County. Jim Aldrich, director of the Kentucky Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, leads our tour of one of the scenic spots to be found along the wandering course of the Kentucky River.

The preserve is located atop part of the Palisades, a series of limestone cliffs carved by the river over the course of eons. At water level, the rocks exposed are the oldest you can see in Kentucky, dating back to the Ordovician era of 400 million years ago. Hundreds of feet above, on top of the cliffs, you can see enormous old trees and several rare species of plants.

The Sally Brown Preserve is “continued” on the other side of the river by Jessamine County’s Crutcher Preserve.

Kentucky Life made a return visit to the Sally Brown Nature Preserve in Program 1302. For more about the benefactor for whom the preserve is named, a Louisville woman known nationwide for her work on behalf of environmental and historical preservation, see the web pages accompanying the KET documentary Sally Brown: Force of Nature.

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Jessamine County

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Gary Mosley
Editor: Dan Taulbee


One Man’s Trash ...

Treasure hunter Tracy Watkins

In this segment, host Dave Shuffett goes looking for buried treasure with the help of Tracy Watkins and his metal detectors.

Watkins, who lives in Jessamine County, knew he’d found a lifelong pursuit the first time he picked up a metal detector. Now he regularly sweeps through parks, pastures, forests, and fields—always with the permission of the landowner, of course—in search of artifacts with nostalgic or even historical value. His addictive hobby is occasionally profitable, but the real reward is the thrill of discovery. He hopes eventually to amass a collection that he can donate to a museum.

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Powell County

Producer: Ernie Lee Martin


It Takes a Village

The Wise Village Pickers

In the Powell County school system, musically inclined students have all the traditional choices: chorus, marching band, orchestra, etc. But they also have a more unusual option. Each year, some of them get to hop on the “bluegrass track.”

These kids become members of the Wise Village Pickers, a bluegrass band made up entirely of students. The Pickers get to continue their musical education by learning from masters of bluegrass—and by performing alongside them at local festivals.

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Fayette County

For more information:
Lexington Cemetery, 833 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508, (859) 255-5522

Producer, videographer, editor: Gale Worth


A Restful Place

Lexington Cemetery

We end this program the way it began, with a stroll through scenic beauty. But this time, the locale is the Lexington Cemetery.

The cemetery was born of tragic, desperate need: It was chartered in 1848 and dedicated in 1850, a period when Lexington and the rest of Kentucky were in the throes of the 19th century’s second devastating cholera epidemic. But its founders also envisioned a place of dignity and tranquility. And as the cemetery has grown from the original 40 acres to its current 173, its landscaped pathways and gardens have made it a place of quiet beauty.

Today, the Lexington Cemetery is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The historic figures buried there include 19th-century U.S. Senator Henry Clay, the “Great Compromiser” who was the first person to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol; U.S. Vice President John C. Breckinridge; Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan; and legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp. Their resting place is also the home of more than 200 varieties of trees, nearly that many species of birds, lakes and lily ponds that host migrating waterfowl, and about 15,000 tulips.

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