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Program 1711

1. Pecans
2. Historical Marker 2021—Payne-Desha House
3. The Orphan Brigade, Part 2
4. Harry Dean Stanton
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Fulton County

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Kentucky Nut Corporation
Black's Pecans

Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographers: Angelic Phelps, Paul Smith, Rob Elliott
Audio: Roger Tremaine


Here in the Mississippi River valley in Western Kentucky, farmers are helping to meet the growing world demand for pecans. Pecan trees grow wild along the length of the Mississippi River, and farmers there brag about the taste.

Native American tribes depended on pecans as a food source in the fall. Commercial propagation of pecans began in Texas and Louisiana in the 1880s. Recipes for pecan pie were first recorded in the 20th century.

Today in China the pecan is popular treat, especially for New Year's celebrations. Prices for pecans are soaring, thanks to demand from Asia and tightening supplies because of the extreme drought in Texas.

Here in Hickman, the pecan business goes back decades. Karen Langford, plant manager of the Kentucky Nut Corporation, and Greg Black of Black's Pecans both know the nut business inside and out. Kentucky Nut sells wild seedling pecans, and Black's Pecans offers pies and other pecan-filled desserts as well. Hickman celebrates its crop with the annual Hickman Pecan Festival each fall.

Scott County

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 2021—Payne-Desha House

This Scott County home began its existence as a post-war refuge for a Kentucky war hero. Gen. Robert Payne, coming home a hero after the American victory in the Battle of the Thames in the War of 1812, decided to settle down in Scott County. He built a Federal-style stone house in 1814 on land west of Royal Spring Branch near Georgetown.

Another War of 1812 veteran, Joseph Desha, Kentucky's ninth governor, retired to the home in 1841, and died there in 1842.

The home went through several owners and a major alteration in the late 1800s when Italianate-style porches were added. The house was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1974.


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Shiloh National Military Park
Orphan Brigade Photo Gallery
• From Kentucky Life Program 1705: The Orphan Brigade, Part 1

Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Roger Tremaine, Rob Elliott

The Orphan Brigade, Part 2

Earlier this season we began our look at the Orphan Brigade—a group of Kentucky units that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. In this program we conclude with the end of the war and find out what became of the brigade's most prominent soldiers.

Kentucky's first Confederate governor, George W. Johnson of Scott County, was among the more than 23,000 casualties at Shiloh in April 1862. The losses mounted as the war progressed. Brig. Gen. Ben Hardin Helm, President Lincoln's brother-in-law, was killed at Chickamauga in September 1863. The Orphan Brigade, known for its fearlessness, fought in most of the major battles in the South.

Many who survived the war eventually managed to rebuild their lives in business or politics. Gen. John Breckinridge fled to Cuba after the war to avoid a trial for treason. Granted amnesty in 1869, he returned to Lexington and became a railroad executive.

Also in exile for a time was Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Sr., who had to wait three years after the war before returning to Kentucky. He found great success in business, even served as a pallbearer at Ulysses Grant's funeral in 1885, and was elected governor of Kentucky in 1887.

Glasgow native Gen. Joseph H. Lewis resumed his law practice and was elected to Congress and the state Court of Appeals. Hardin County's Capt. Fayette Hewitt, who had three horses shot out from under him during the war, continued his work in education and law and was elected state auditor. Col. Theodore O'Hara, the Danville native known for his heartfelt "Bivouac of the Dead," went into the cotton business in Georgia, but died in 1867 of malaria at the age of 47.

Estill County

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Kentucky Muse—Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland

Producer: Tom Thurman
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton has been a recognizable force and face in American movies for more than half a century. Born in West Irvine here in Estill County, Stanton attended high school in Lexington and attended the University of Kentucky on the G.I. Bill.

The actor has worked alongside such stars as Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando. His films include The Green Mile, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, HBO's Big Love and more. Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, who is a close friend of Stanton's, narrates this profile.

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