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Program 1717

1. Wilson-Blair African American One Room School
2. Hopewell Museum
3. Eagles View Bed and Breakfast
4. Octagon Hall Museum
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Caldwell County

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Wilson-Blair African American One Room School

Producer/Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee
Lighting: Frank Simkonis

Wilson-Blair African American One Room School

One-room schools once dotted the countryside. One of the few buildings that exist today is the Wilson-Blair African American One School in Fredonia. Open from 1926 to 1948 in Caldwell County, the school started with 61 children but had only nine when it closed. Thanks to the efforts of a former student and community volunteers, the building is now preserved as a museum.

Virginia Blair attended the school and her family took care of the property for years before donating it to the city of Fredonia for preservation in 2005. Volunteers have worked to restore the building to its 1927 appearance. The school museum is named in memory of Jesse Blair, Miss Blair's late husband, and James "Suge" Wilson, Miss Blair's stepfather.

Desks and chairs are set up as they would have been years ago, with spelling books, a coal oil lamp on the teacher's desk, and a piano. Pupils warmed their hands at the "morning stove" in the middle of the room.

Beyond the school room is the museum dedicated to African-American history.

Bourbon County

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Hopewell Museum

Producer: Brandon Wickey

Hopewell Museum

From art to history, Hopewell Museum in Paris showcases the culture of Central Kentucky. Located on Pleasant Street in Paris, it opened in 1995 in the renovated 1910 post office. The Beaux Arts building features two large arched windows and two tall columns flanking the front steps.

The museum's exhibits about the past have been honored by the Kentucky Historical Society, and its book, God's Acres: Private Graveyards in Bourbon County Kentucky, features decades of research on cemeteries from 1774 to 2001.

The museum also showcases the fine and decorative arts. In 2010 the museum featured "The Arts of Kentucky," a sampler of Kentucky art from the 1700s to the present assembled by art historian Estill Curtis Pennington. "Creative Harvest" is the museum's annual autumn display by regional artists.

This year the museum is displaying a pictorial exhibit, "School Spirit: African American Schools in Bourbon." Many of the pictures were taken by local photographer William Lee Edwards.

Pulaski County

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Eagles View Bed and Breakfast

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: David Dampier, Angelic Phelps
Audio: Noel Depp, David Dampier
Editor: Jim Piston
Graphics: Carl Coakley

Eagles View Bed and Breakfast

On the cliffs above Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Eagles View Bed and Breakfast offers spectacular lake views and three modern guest rooms. Close to many lakeside attractions, Eagles View attracts many anglers hoping for a relaxing weekend of fishing.

Owners Deborah and Gary Dunhoft got engaged and were married at a Bardstown bed and breakfast. The experience made such a lasting impression that they decided to open their own business on Lake Cumberland, where Gary could also live his dream of being a fishing guide.

Billed as "the ultimate experience in tranquility and solitude," Eagles View offers guests the beauty of nature. Wildlife abounds on the shore of the lake, including deer, chipmunks, beavers, and foxes, as well as a variety of land and water birds.

Eagles View offers packages for the antiques shopper and the golfer/angler, as well as a girls getaway, and, of course, the romance/honeymoon package.

Gary and Deborah share their home with their dog Samson, a West Highland terrier, and a Gray African parrot named Zoey.

Simpson County

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Octagon Hall Museum

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Editor: Dan Taulbee
Editor/QC: Kelly Campbell
Still Photography: Steve Shaffer

Octagon Hall Museum

Back in the mid-1800s, the octagon became the hot new shape in American architecture. Among those embracing this new style was plantation owner Andrew Jackson Caldwell of Franklin in Simpson County, who completed his own Octagon Hall in 1859. It soon became a Civil War hot spot because of its location on the strategically important Nashville Road.

The Confederate Army camped at Octagon Hall after evacuating Bowling Green in 1862. Eventually the Confederates moved on to Tennessee, and Union soldiers harassed the Caldwell family periodically.

Caldwell, a Confederate sympathizer, was suspected—rightly so—of hiding Confederate soldiers. The story goes that he kept beehives in the cupolas of Octagon House, and he gave soldiers bee suits to wear and hid them in his cupola.

The cupola was struck by lightning in 1916 and burned. Andrew Calwell's widow sold the house to a Nashville osteopath in 1918, and after his death in 1954 it became rental property. The Octagon Hall Foundation obtained the building in 2001 and worked to restore it to its original appearance. These days Octagon Hall is a hot spot for another reason: its reputation as a haunted house. It's open for ghost tours and paranormal investigations.

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