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1. Blue Licks Battlefield
2. stained-glass artist Peter Eichhorn
3. hydroponic strawberries
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Robertson County

For more information:
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Hwy. 68, Mount Olivet, KY 41064-0066, (800) 443-7008

Producer, videographer, audio, editor: Ernie Lee Martin

Revolutionary Real Estate

Blue Licks Battlefield

For generations it was known as “the last battle of the Revolutionary War.” And from the American perspective, it was a disaster. In just a few minutes on the afternoon of August 19, 1782, British troops and their Wyandot allies killed almost 70 Kentucky militiamen—nearly 40% of the American force—and captured several others. Among the dead were such leading Kentuckians of the time as Lexington co-founder John Todd and land commissioner Col. Stephen Trigg (both of whom now have Kentucky counties named for them).

The Blue Licks battle followed a British raid on Bryan’s Station, just north of Lexington, on August 15. The station was well defended, and the British pulled out and began a retreat north. A hastily assembled group of about 180 militiamen set off in pursuit, catching up with the Redcoats at a ford of the Licking River in what is now southern Robertson County. Daniel Boone, in command of one troop, counseled caution because he feared that the British and Wyandots would be waiting in the easily defended ravines up ahead. Others, knowing that reinforcements were on their way, also wanted to wait before attacking. But legend has it that an impatient major charged the river, and the battle was on. As Boone had feared, British riflemen concealed in the ravines easily cut down the onrushing Americans—including Boone’s son Israel. By the time the reinforcements did arrive five days later, all they could do was bury the bodies.

Because of the British involvement, the Battle of Blue Licks is considered one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War. In fact, it is one of those tragic ironies of history that it actually took place some time after the Revolution itself had ended—word simply hadn’t reached the frontier yet. But in the larger scheme of things, Blue Licks was also just one in the series of bloody raids, skirmishes, and all-out battles that raged for years between white settlers and the native tribes whose territory they had entered. That war would continue for several more years.

The park is located 48 miles northeast of Lexington on U.S. 68 and offers a lodge, cabins, and camping facilities. A museum has displays about both the battle and the prehistory of the region, when salt licks drew a wide variety of giant mammals to the site. The Revolutionary War reenactment festival, as seen in this episode of Kentucky Life, takes place close to the anniversary of the battle each August.

Jefferson County

For more information:
Eichhorn Stained Glass, 812 E. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40204, (502) 584-2320

Producer: Aaron Hutchings
Videographer: Mike Blackburn
Editors: Aaron Hutchings, Mike Blackburn

Windows on the World

Stained-glass artist Peter Eichhorn

Next, we visit a master craftsman whose artistic roots reach back across the Atlantic to the Old World—and back in time for more than a thousand years.

Peter Eichhorn of Louisville immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in the early 1960s. He brought with him the techniques of creating stained-glass windows he had been taught as a teenage apprentice. Now he is passing on those skills to new generations of artisans as the head of Eichhorn Stained Glass.

Edmonson County

Producers: Barbara Deeb, Cheryl Beckley

Dirt-Free Berries

Hydroponic strawberry growers

Janet and David Dennison of Edmonson County grow luscious, juicy strawberries. But they manage to do it without getting much dirt under their nails. Their berries grow hydroponically—indoors in special nutrient solutions, with no soil at all.

Though often thought of as “high-tech,” hydroponic agriculture actually traces its history back to the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. During World War II, hydroponic greenhouses turned out vegetables for American troops stationed on Pacific Islands with poor soil. More recently, research into providing fresh food for travelers and workers in space, along with the practical need to feed growing populations here on Earth in places where farmland has become scarce, has spurred a resurgence of interest in hydroponics.

On this trip to their greenhouse, the Dennisons share some tips for growing strawberries (whatever medium you use) along with some of the particular challenges and advantages of going soil-free.

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