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1. WoodButchers’ funky furniture
2. Butcher Holler
3. the Clarks of history
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Jefferson County

For more information:
• Art & Soul Inc., 7900 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40222, (502) 412-1220, (866) 891-5280

Producer: Cheryl Beckley

Fun, Funky, and Family-Fashioned

WoodButchers furniture

Scott loved to build things, and Jessica loved to paint. Some years ago, the two combined their talents—and their lives, as husband and wife—to create WoodButchers Gourmet Garden Furniture, a one-of-a-kind business turning out one-of-a-kind chairs, stools, and tables.

The Fergusons’ line of funky hand-made furniture started with variations on the venerable Adirondack chair. But their colorful versions take this outdoor staple from the mountains of the Northeast to the beaches of the tropics, with painted scenes of palm trees and parrots and brightly colored abstract designs. Many of these pieces have been distributed through singer Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville stores.

On our 2001 visit, we took a look at how plain poplar boards were turned into furniture fit for a Parrothead at a shop in Louisville’s Bluegrass Industrial Park. These days, Jessica runs the business, now known as Art & Soul Inc., at Oxmoor Center.

Johnson County

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Jay Akers

In a Cabin on a Hill in Butcher Holler

Loretta Lynn’s homeplace

From WoodButchers, we turn to Butcher Holler—another place where the furniture is hand-made and family is cherished. It is, of course, the old home place of Queen of Country Music Loretta Lynn, immortalized in her song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the movie of the same name about Loretta’s life, and the birthplace of her equally notable sister Crystal Gayle.

But it’s a male of the family who leads our tour. Herman Webb, brother of Loretta and Crystal, has moved back to Johnson County to run “Store No. 5,” an old-fashioned country general store, and watch over the family home. Host Dave Shuffett visits with Herman and hears some stories about this famous family.

Loretta Lynn’s official museum is at her ranch in Tennessee. Back home in Kentucky, there has been talk of preserving the Butcher Holler homestead as a tourist attraction. But even without the official sanction, fans do manage to make pilgrimages to the site. One, Ann Applegate, put together her own online tour of Butcher Holler after her visit.

Jefferson County

For more information:
Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207, (502) 897-9845

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

Family History

The Clarks of Louisville

Another trio of siblings is the focus of the last segment in this family-themed episode. The year 2002 marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Louisville founder George Rogers Clark, and Locust Grove, the historic home outside Louisville where he spent his last years, celebrated with a specially commissioned dramatic performance called The Remarkable Clarks. It’s a salute to George, his sister Lucy Clark Croghan, and the younger brother who became the most famous Clark of all: William, who was the Clark in Lewis and Clark.

Among them, the Clarks left quite a mark on Kentucky and American history. George helped make some of the earliest land surveys in Kentucky, which was then the territory of Virginia, and was among the delegates who went to Williamsburg to petition the Virginia legislature to create a separate Kentucky County. That request was granted in 1776. Appointed to help defend the brand-new county, Clark went on to a distinguished military career, becoming a hero of the Revolutionary and French and Indian wars. In 1778, he set up camp on Corn Island at the Falls of the Ohio—thus establishing the settlement that would become Louisville.

Just six years later, George’s parents moved the rest of the family, including then 14-year-old William, to that new town on the Ohio River. In that same year of 1784, George was appointed to survey lands being set aside for Virginia veterans. The man named as his partner was William Croghan, an Irish immigrant who had at one time served in the British army, but switched sides and fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War. Croghan moved to Louisville in 1788 when he was commissioned to lay out a courthouse for Jefferson County, one of three counties into which the Virginia legislature had divided the former Kentucky County. The following year, Croghan married Lucy, the younger sister of his old partner George, and began the construction of Locust Grove. Lucy would raise eight children of her own there.

William, a young man by the time of his sister’s marriage, joined the U.S. Army in 1792, making a name for himself as a scout for Gen. Anthony Wayne in his Northwest Territory campaigns. As the 19th century dawned, President Thomas Jefferson tapped William as co-leader of an ambitious scientific expedition to map the huge territory he had just bought from France. The historic Lewis and Clark expedition actually started in Kentucky: It was in Louisville, in 1803, that William rendezvoused with co-captain Meriwether Lewis to make their final plans before traveling down the Ohio to St. Louis to meet the rest of the expedition members.

In The Remarkable Clarks, these stories are told by Amanda Dick, Mel Hankla, and Bob Pilkington, who both wrote and perform the drama. Amanda, from Louisville, is a retired elementary school teacher with a strong background in theater who has been performing first-person narratives at Locust Grove for 10 years. Mel (who plays George), a native of Janestown, is an educator and flintlock gunsmith who also has portrayed frontiersman Simon Kenton with the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua program. Bob (William), of Louisville, is a docent and researcher at Locust Grove and a freelance producer and director of television, film, and video projects.

This Kentucky Life segment shows only a piece of the drama, of course. KET returned later in 2002 to tape a full presentation. That half-hour program, The Remarkable Clarks, airs periodically on our in-school service for use in Kentucky classrooms.

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