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Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green

Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green

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Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green

Haunting processions, stately monuments, and works of art mark the final resting place of unique Kentuckians; we remember the legend of the Witches Tree in Old Louisville in this Kentucky Life Memory; Civil War soldiers and current residents still find no rest in haunted Perryville; and they may have come in peace, but the Little Green Men who visited the small town of Kelly were not welcome.
S25 E4 Length 25:27 Premiere: 10.26.19

Famous Graves, Haunted Perryville, and Strange Visitors!

Haunting processions, stately monuments, and works of art mark the final resting place of unique Kentuckians; we remember the legend of the Witches Tree in Old Louisville in this Kentucky Life Memory; Civil War soldiers and current residents still find no rest in haunted Perryville; and they may have come in peace, but the Little Green Men who visited the small town of Kelly were not welcome.

Famous Graves in Kentucky

Across the commonwealth, famous Kentuckians of the past have been memorialized with notable gravesites. Kentucky Life took a closer look at four of those unique memorials:

Continue reading about famous Kentucky memorials and watch the video.

The Witches Tree

In a Halloween-themed memory, Kentucky Life took a look back at a segment on The Witches Tree in Louisville.

The DuPont Mansion and Inn at the Park dates back to 1887, when it was built by Russell Houston, then president of the L and N Railroad. The showpiece mansion remains an impressive attraction to this day. But as with many notable old buildings, there are ghost stories associated with the DuPont.

Read more about the Witches Tree and watch the video.

Haunted Perryville

The central Kentucky town of Perryville was the site of a Civil War battle in 1862, and some locals believe that the ghosts of that battle remain in the town today.

“There is a mass grave at the Perryville battlefield site,” says local resident Chris Brummett. “It’s filled with 300 Confederate soldiers. They couldn’t afford the time and the ground to bury those men individually.”

Many of the wounded soldiers from that battle were brought to makeshift hospitals in people’s homes in town. Some of those homes are still standing, and evidence of the conflict remains.

“There are several homes in town that have handwriting on the walls from soldiers who lay convalescing in the homes, maybe died,” says Vicki Goode, executive director of Main Street Perryville. “It was typical for them to write their name, their rank, and where they were from. There are blood stains on the floors that could make you relive what that time was like.”

Goode says that residents of Perryville and visitors of the town report seeing or hearing ghosts. Some have become familiar to locals.

“According to legend, Sam is a Confederate soldier who fought and died in Perryville,” says Goode. “It is said…that you can see him sometimes on a dark night, usually hot. He will walk out of the opera house dressed in his full Confederate uniform, cross merchants’ row, and walk up the hill to the cemetery.”

Brummett shares the tale of two friends who were enjoying a summer evening on the front porch of a home near the battlefield.

“They were just enjoying the night when they had a confederate soldier walk out of the field, and addressed them in generic form,” says Brummett. “He said to them, ‘Ladies, the lamp will give our position away.’ And he turned and walked back in the same direction from which he had come, materializing as he approached and dematerializing as he walked away.”

Whether the stories are true or not, the town of Perryville doesn’t mind having the haunted reputation.

“We have a wealth of history, and the hauntings are a part of that history,” says Goode. “Our motto is ‘Our history is our future.’ That’s what makes Perryville.”

The Kelly Little Green Men

Have aliens visited Kentucky? Some residents of the town of Kelly believe so.

“It is a fantastical story that has lasted all these years,” says Geraldine Stith, speaking about the tale of the alien invasion during August, 1955. “I heard it from the main source, and that was my father, Elmer Sutton.”

Find out more about the Little Green Men in Kelly and watch the video.

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Princess Alice Gurielli & Dimitrie Berea; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport; Todd Co. Marker; Lighthouse Landing - S20 E18

The fantastical lives of Princess Alice Gurielli and her husband, the Romanian artist Dimitrie Berea, whose art is displayed at Berea College; the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; a Todd Co. historical marker notes the first RFD (Rural Free Delivery of mail to rural farm families) in Kentucky; and the Lighthouse Landing Resort, Marina, and Sailing School in Livingston County are featured.

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Today's Special - Dixie Chili and Diner; Coal Camps; Our Town - Columbia; Josh Samples - S20 E19

Today's Special comes from Dixie Chili and Diner, founded in Newport in 1929 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Sarakatsannis; a look at the historic coal camps of Southeastern Kentucky; Columbia in Adair County is Our Town; and meet landscaper Josh Samples from Rockcastle County.

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Kentucky Ferries; Memory-Idlewild; Sneaker Culture; Pickleball - S25 E17

Kentucky ferries provide a graceful way to go back in time and enjoy the state's waterways; Doug recounts his visit to Idlewild in a Kentucky Life Memory; meet Sneakerheads in Kentucky who collect, sell, and customize their favorite shoes and have created a culture all their own. Kentucky Life Moment - pickleball at the Telford YMCA in Richmond.

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Kentucky River Boating; Kentucky Vietnam Veterans; Haunted Louisville (Part 1) - S21 E1

Host Doug Flynn enjoys a scenic jet boat ride through the recently re-opened locks on the Kentucky River; on the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Kentucky veterans share their stories; and the first segment in a series of ghostly tales and haunted histories of Old Louisville.

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Covington Bicentennial; Daviess Co. Anniversary; Marty Brown; Suplex Tacos - S21 E2

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The War of 1812 - S21 E3

The War of 1812 left an indelible mark on our nation's history, and Kentuckians played a vital role - 64% of Americans killed in the war were Kentuckians. From Michigan to New Orleans, Kentucky Life follows the trail of Kentucky's soldiers who fought in America's 'forgotten war.'

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Martin's Fork; Dragon Boat Races; Tewes Poultry Farm - S21 E4

Kentucky Life hikes through creeks, and past snakes and bugs, to reach the beautiful wilderness area of Martin's Fork; team spirit and an ancient Chinese tradition fuel the competition of Paducah's colorful Dragon Boat races; and in Kenton County, 3,000 free-range turkeys per year keep Tewes Poultry Farm, a 70 year-old family business, going strong.

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Haunted Louisville - Part 2; Doe-Anderson; Merle Travis; Justin Roberts - Walk the Willow - S21 E5

In the second part of our Haunted Louisville series, Kentucky Life showcases ghostly goings-on at Old Louisville's Conrad-Caldwell House; learn about Doe-Anderson, a national advertising agency with headquarters in Louisville; from KET's Kentucky Muse, a look at country and western star Merle Travis and his thumb-picking style and songwriting that were deeply rooted in his Muhlenberg County home; and Murray craftsman Justin Roberts is passionate about reviving the almost-lost art of making traditional willow furniture.

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Paws on Patrol; Penn's Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown; Chicken Swap - S25 E1

Adoptable dogs walk the beat with the Louisville Metro Police; Kentucky Life celebrates its 25th season with a Kentucky Life Memory at the Outhouse Races at Penn's Store; beer cheese makes Kentucky - and Winchester - proud; and the Pralltown neighborhood in Lexington celebrates its sons and daughters. Kentucky Life Moment: Lawrenceburg Chicken Swap.

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Sparta Speedway; The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub; Life Adventure Center; 'Wild Bill' Gordon - S21 E6

Head to Sparta's Kentucky Speedway where fans experience all the fast-paced thrills and excitement of NASCAR racing; in Pikeville, diners at The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub enjoy Chef Matt Corbin's pub-style Appalachian cuisine; Doug talks with the staff at Life Adventure Center in Versailles about supporting underserved youth; and through the outdoor experiences offered by his High Adventure Wilderness School in Stanton, 'Wild Bill' Gordon brings people back in touch with nature and themselves.

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Lincoln: I, too, am a Kentuckian - S14 E27

In a special expanded edition of Kentucky Life, host Dave Shuffett travels from Hodgenville to Springfield, IL to Washington, DC to explore the life and career of Kentucky's most famous native son. The program examines the many Kentucky people and places that profoundly influenced Abraham Lincoln with stops at his birthplace and boyhood home near Hodgenville, the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, the Louisville home of close friend Joshua Speed, and many other Lincoln-related sites. A 2008 KET production.

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Wildcat Service Dogs; Corvette Production; Steamboat Travel - S21 E7

At the University of Kentucky, the puppies of Wildcat Service Dogs accompany their student trainers almost everywhere, learning to become assistance dogs for individuals facing mobility challenges; in Bowling Green, a look at the Corvette production assembly line; and Doug experiences a mode of travel from America's earlier days, aboard a steamboat on the Ohio River. Hosted at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.

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Sculptor William M. Duffy; Lord of the Fork; Kentucky's Underground Railroad - S21 E8

Meet award-winning African-American sculptor William M. Duffy, a Louisville native, whose work is found in private, corporate, and public collections throughout the U.S.; experience the world famous, white water kayak competition, Lord of the Fork, at Breaks Interstate Park; and Boone County's integral role in Kentucky's Underground Railroad reveals stories of heroism and sacrifice. Hosted at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.

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SEKRI; Save A Warrior; Kentucky Museum; Haunted Louisville - Part 3 - S21 E9

Doug visits the Corbin plant of SEKRI (Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries) and meets some of the employees with mental and physical challenges who produce textiles and clothing for the U.S. military; Doug goes to Save A Warrior in Versailles, an organization helping veterans struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder); on the campus of Western Kentucky University, the Kentucky Museum is recognized for the quality and diversity of its collections and its commitment to the Bowling Green community; and more ghostly apparitions and ghastly tales from the haunted history of Old Louisville. Hosted at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.

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David Domine and Old Louisville's Haunted Places - S21 E10

Ghost lights illuminate the history of Old Louisville this Halloween! Author David Domine and a host of historians and re-enactors visit Old Louisville's most haunted places, and shed light on hundreds of years of local history and lore.

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends, Old Foes; Louisville Select Boxing; Newport Aquarium - S25 E2

Pop stars and bluegrass legends find a special place in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; relive a Kentucky Life Memory with a look back at Old Friends in Georgetown - a retirement home for champion racehorses; young men follow in Muhammad Ali's footsteps by stepping into the boxing ring in Louisville; and dive into fun at the Newport Aquarium.

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Eminence Speaker; Luthiers - Frank Neat; Tee Dee's Blues Club - S21 E11

Doug tours Eminence Speaker in Henry County; in our first on a series of luthiers, we visit Frank Neat of Russell Springs who specializes in banjos and has made banjos for many famous musicians; and Tee Dee's Blues Club takes the spotlight in Lexington.

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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

Mammoth Cave celebrates its 75th anniversary as a National Park and its 200th anniversary of guided cave tours; Doug visits the Life Adventure Center and learns about their Vaulting program, best described as gymnastics on the back of a moving horse; and the Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville is breaking new ground as one of the largest and most ambitious urban parks in the nation.

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson - S21 E13

The couple behind Berea's Weavers Bottom Craft Studio create textiles, cornshuck dolls, and Minecraft worlds of outstanding beauty; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills; and photographer David Stephenson breeds, raises, and races pedigreed pigeons in Lexington.

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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

Lt. John Crittenden's watch survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn though he did not and now The Crittenden watch resides at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort; the Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery in Morehead keeps anglers happy; Home Cafe & Marketplace in Bowling Green specializes in pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts; and mathematician Elwyn Berlekamp launched his Fort Thomas high school education into a place at MIT, the Digital Revolution, and the stars.

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza - S21 E15

It's Derby time! Ken Grayson's extensive horseracing memorabilia collection goes back to the early days of Keeneland and Churchill Downs; former Triple Crown hopefuls share their home with the horses that spoiled their title hopes at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown; and artists of Gallopalooza create colorful images on fiberglass horse statues to encourage local exploration and civic pride.

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Kids Quilting; Bengals Training Camp; Navajo Flute Maker/Player-Fred Keams; Game Designer-Kerry Breitenstein; Kentucky Castle - S25 E7

Young hands learn an old craft and put their quilts on display in Jeffersontown; Kentucky Life remembers when the Cincinnati Bengals held its training camp at Georgetown College; Fred Keams celebrates his Native American heritage by making and playing flutes; and Kerry Breitenstein designs "killer" board games in northern Kentucky. Kentucky Life Moment: The Kentucky Castle in Versailles.

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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick - S21 E16

Biochemist Lisa Senetar creates her eye-catching PhbeaD jewelry from insects, Kentucky Life talks with Doug about his baseball career and enduring love of the Cincinnati Reds, and Menifee County luthier Neil Kendrick crafts beautiful guitars.

  • Monday May 4, 2020 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Firefighter Family; Mennonite Knife Maker; Striper Fishing - S21 E17

It's a family effort for Greenup County's Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department, Doug visits the Mennonite community near Scottsville and meets custom knife maker Sam Stoner, and Lake Cumberland's Stripertime puts Doug's angler reputation to the test.

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Baby Animals at Cincinnati Zoo; Swift Silver Mine; Horseshoeing School with Doug - S21 E18

Doug meets the cute and cuddly newest members at the Cincinnati Zoo, Kentucky Life explores the facts and fiction behind the legend of Swift's Silver Mine, and Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond takes Doug on as a new student.

  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Paducah Moonshine; Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Wald's Bicycles - S21 E19

The Moonshine Co. takes a family tradition of backcountry distilling to downtown Paducah, the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort honors those who gave their lives during this conflict in a profound way, and Maysville is the home of the Wald Cycle Company, a company with over a hundred years of ingenuity.

  • Thursday May 7, 2020 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Luthiers - Frank Neat, Bryan England, Neil Kendrick; Warren May - S21 E20

In this episode dedicated to Kentucky's stringed-instrument makers, Frank Neat of Russell Springs makes custom banjos for the likes of JD Crowe and "Call of the Wildman" personality Neal James; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills and custom inlay work; Menifee County luthier Neil Kendrick crafts beautiful guitars, including one for Rhonda Vincent & the Rage; and host Doug Flynn visits with Berea-icon Warren May for a dulcimer sing-along.

  • Friday May 8, 2020 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Byron Crawford Fireside Story - S25 E8

Descendants of Kentucky's governors and lieutenant governors keep the history alive in the Shelby Society; find out why our politicians still swear oaths promising they haven't dueled; the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have local roots and a worldwide reach; and our original host Byron Crawford tells a holiday fireside story.

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Season 25

Women's History

S25 E16 Length 25:26 Premiere Date 3.14.20

Shaker Village Singer; the Votes for Women Trail; and more

S25 E15 Length 26:19 Premiere Date 2.22.20

Julia Chinn; Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd

S25 E14 Length 27:10 Premiere Date 2.15.20

London Cycling; Fatherloss; May's Lick Rosenwald School

S25 E13 Length 25:32 Premiere Date 2.8.20

Alice Allison Dunnigan; Memory-Doug's First Segment; Wendove

S25 E12 Length 26:56 Premiere Date 2.1.20

Bowman's Valley School; Byron's Memory-Tom T. Hall; Mutton;

S25 E11 Length 23:46 Premiere Date 1.25.20

Bibb House Reunion; Freedom Singers; Goatscaping; Ché Rhodes

S25 E10 Length 27:00 Premiere Date 1.18.20

Conductor Amy Gillingham; Painter Ray Harm; and more

S25 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 1.11.20

Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity

S25 E8 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 11.23.19

Kids Quilting; Bengals Training; Navajo Flute; Game Designer

S25 E7 Length 27:25 Premiere Date 11.17.19

Camp Nelson; Equine Artist Jaime Corum; Coca Cola Building

S25 E6 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 11.9.19

Jecorey Arthur; Memorials; Beaumont Inn; StandUp Paddleboard

S25 E5 Length 27:10 Premiere Date 11.2.19

Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green

S25 E4 Length 25:27 Premiere Date 10.26.19

Elijah Craig; Mill Creek Lake; Hurricane Mine; Vian Sora

S25 E3 Length 26:17 Premiere Date 10.19.19

Ky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends; Lville Select Boxing

S25 E2 Length 28:43 Premiere Date 10.12.19

Paws on Patrol; Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown

S25 E1 Length 27:50 Premiere Date 10.5.19

Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted the program from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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