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Program 1619

1. Historic Maple Hill Manor
2. Our Town—Beattyville
3. Dave Does It!—Colson Dairy Farm
4. Shaker Village Seed to Table

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Washington County

For more information:
Maple Hill Manor, 2941 Perryville Road, Springfield, Ky. 40069, phone: 859-336-3075, 800-886-7546

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: Dave Dampier
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Jim Piston
Lighting: Jason Robinson, Prentice Walker

Historic Maple Hill Manor

To the Manor Shorn

As a bed and breakfast inn, Historic Maple Hill Manor in Springfield can boast of all the fine things making such a getaway attractive to tourists: elegant antebellum architecture, a beautiful setting of gently rolling hills, fine antiques, and bountiful gardens. There's one more attraction, however, that very few can resist: the alpacas and llamas.

Among the first farms in Kentucky to raise llamas and alpacas, Maple Hill specializes in Suri alpacas, which they breed themselves. They also sell teddy bears and other items made from the ever-so-soft alpaca fleece. And each guest room has an alpaca-fleece keepsake bear, which guests are free to "adopt."

Maple Hill has won just about every award given to bed and breakfasts, both nationally and in the state: most historical charm, best breakfast, and top innkeepers. They host all kinds of events, from weddings (the mansion was originally a lavish wedding gift for a bride) to murder mysteries. The 15-acre working farm includes an orchard of apples, plums and pears, as well as grapes and berries.

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Lee County

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Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Beattyville

Beattyville, the county seat of Lee County, is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders in every direction. Not the least among these is the Red River Gorge, known among rock climbers across the country. If you love the outdoors, you can't go wrong with a visit here.

Nestled in a river valley, Beattyville is a mountain community at the edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Wildlife, from bears and foxes to bobcats and coyotes, is abundant. The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway will take you through a wonderland of stone arches, caves, cliffs, ravines and waterflows. Adventure awaits by kayak, canoe, and on foot.

The town is well known for its annual Woolly Worm Festival in October, a good time for family and friends to reunite in this mountain town.

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Grant County

For more information:
Alpine Hills Dairy Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge, Ky. 41035, phone: 859-428-2445

Producer/Editor: Tom Bickel
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Dave Does It!—Alpine Hills Dairy Farm

Dave Shuffett makes a trip to a Grant County family dairy farm to take on the challenge of milking cows.

Joe Colson founded Alpine Hills Dairy Farm in Corinth in 1947; son Dean and his wife, Debbie, have continued to work in the family business, now located in Dry Ridge. They raise champion Brown Swiss cows, and they show regularly at the Kentucky State Fair and the North American Livestock Exposition.

The Colsons offer spring dairy tours designed especially for children. Hands-on experiences like bottle-feeding a calf make the tour a memorable event. Let's see how Dave handles the dairy farm chores.

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Mercer County

For more information:
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, Ky. 40330, phone: 800-734-5611

Producer: Brandon Wickey

Shaker Village Seed to Table

Local Food

The dining room at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has always enjoyed a stellar reputation. Now through a new partnership between the Dining Room and the Farm, the restaurant is serving a seasonal menu with produce grown on site.

The Shakers had a long history of food production. They are credited with the innovation of packaging seeds in envelopes and selling them. At Pleasant Hill, this provided work for a great many Shakers, bringing in an annual income of $4,500. Their markets stretched from Maysville to New Orleans.

Today's seed-to-table initiative makes the connection between farm and table all the more obvious. Shaker Village has begun Gardenside Dining, a way to get even closer to your food's source. Visitors can dine outside right near the garden where their food was grown.

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