Playing whiffle ball at Princeton’s Little Busch Stadium; go climb a tree (and enjoy a luxurious night in it) at EarthJOY Treehouse Adventures; African-Americans came to work in the coal mines and are now making new lives in Lynch; Dayton and Bellevue football teams meet again in the most-played rivalry in Kentucky.
Little Busch Stadium
Princeton, Ky., is a small town of about 6,000 residents. It’s roughly a two-hour drive from the nearest major league baseball stadium: Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. But locals have their own version of the iconic structure. Little Busch Stadium on the Parker family’s farmland is a Field of Dreams style project that unites the community.
EarthJOY Tree Adventures
In Bracken County, just outside of Germantown, is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the outdoors while still enjoying some creature comforts.
“This was the brainchild of Shelly and I and it had been for a while,” says Bill Byrne, who co-owns and operates EarthJOY Tree Adventures with his wife, Shelly. “We kind of put our hearts and souls into something we felt like people could enjoy and disconnect and get back to nature a little bit, and while they’re doing it have some of the comforts of home. Everybody who comes here comes away feeling like they’ve really experienced something new and exciting.”
Living in Lynch
The town of Lynch was once a model for what a well-planned, well-run coal town could be. Built and owned by U.S. Steel in 1917, it reached its heyday in the mid-20th century. Today, the town has fewer than 1,000 residents, but they still have pride in their home.
“I’ve retired from the coal mines, and I was born and raised here,” says resident Rutland Melton. “I used to live in the city, but it’s too much hustle and bustle. Here, you’re comfortable. You can relax. You can sit on your porch and enjoy the view. I love Lynch, it’s my hometown.”