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Program 1901

1. Bardstown
2. Historical Markers 1594 and 2014—Grant House and Clay-Bullock House
3. Old Doc Shuffett
4. Artist Kathleen O'Brien
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Nelson County

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Visit Bardstown

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Small Town Sexy

Producer: John Schroering
Videographer: Jaxon Combs


The folks in Bardstown have a few ideas about what makes a town beautiful, inside and out. Their town was named "Most Beautiful Small Town in America" in the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road competition for 2012. A total of 650 towns were nominated, and judges were sent cross-country to visit each of the 30 finalists in five different categories: Most Beautiful, Friendliest, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, and Best Food.

Bardstown pulled out all the stops for the judges' visit, with people lining the streets for a parade. The Rand McNally team of Nikki and Dusty Green spent a few days here seeing the sights and getting to know the people. When the online voting was done, this Nelson County town—known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World"—was the winner.

What makes Bardstown beautiful? Kim Huston, author of Small Town Sexy, tells us about Bardstown as we tour the streets, shops, cafes, and historic neighborhoods.

(Note: Danville was among the towns vying for Most Beautiful, making the final six; and Murray was named Friendliest.)


Kenton County

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Kentucky Historical Markers

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Markers 1594 and 2014—Grant House and Clay-Bullock House

Two historic homes in Covington have ties to President Ulysses S. Grant.

Jesse Root and Hanna Simpson Grant, the parents of Ulysses S. Grant, bought a large brick home at 518 Greenup Street, Covington, in 1859, and lived there until 1873. Jesse Grant, said to be the richest man in Kentucky, prospered in the leather goods and dry goods business. He gave his son work in the family's Illinois dry-goods store.

However, when Ulysses left civilian life in 1861 to fight in the Civil War, his wife and four children stayed in Covington with Ulysses' parents for most of 1862, and their children attended school here. Ulysses' son Frederick attended a private school run by Mary Bullock at 527 Greenup Street. The two-story frame home, now known as the Clay-Bullock House, was built in 1839 by John W. Clayton.


Green County

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Prentice Walker

Old Doc Shuffett

At age 91, Dr. Robert "Doc" Shuffett of Greensburg is still practicing medicine and is one of the oldest—if not the oldest—practicing physicians in the state. And he has no intention of retiring.

Doc Shuffett is not only Dave's cousin, but he was the Shuffett family doctor too, and he brought Dave into this world. "No one has ever said one bad word about Doc," says Dave. "He is humble and full of integrity."

Doc Shuffett is also the current state checkers champion. He's active outdoors, keeping a garden and regularly driving a Bush Hog.


Mercer County

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Kathleen O'Brien

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: Prentice Walker, David Dampier, John Bacon
Audio: Roger Tremaine, Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston

Artist Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien works in an airy studio at Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary near Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Mercer County. A 2012 recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, she creates collages by mixing watercolors, drawings, and botanicals.

Inspired by Native American traditions, O'Brien tries to see beyond the surface, exploring the geometry—and the mystery—of the natural world. She incorporates natural materials like beeswax into her works, and even draws using walnut ink made from one of the trees on the property.

She has exhibited in galleries all over Kentucky. Her "Hermit Thrush Song," which fuses together two drawings and features forget-me-nots and musical notes, hangs in Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear's office in the state Capitol.


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