Heritage Harvest Tour 9/30 and 10/1
What a beautiful, perfect day to cruise the backroads of Lawrence County!
AND that’s just exactly what happened today, September 30, 2017. Lawrence Countians and several guests were out in full force to take advantage of the amazing Heritage Harvest Tour 2017.
Since I live on Rt. 3, that is where I began. My first stop was at the Savage Memorial Church in Fallsburg, Ky. What a wonderful old country church with an old country feel. Plenty to eat too!!
Then off to see the Falls Campground. There was not an empty camping spot to see. For as far as you could see was campers and motor homes. All the campers were out visiting and having wonderful fellowship with friends and strangers.
“Autumn on the Farm” was hosted by Kentucky Roots, Louisa, Ky. You could even make your own cornhusk wreath and enjoy a good cup of cider. Savage Farms of Louisa makes the best maple syrup out of those grand aged bourbon barrels. It sure tasted good.
I decided this year to take a detour and travel further down South Rt. 3 towards Boyd Co. and I am so glad I did. I traveled the desired route and found Mudlick Woodworking. It is run by Michael and Nathan DiLuvio, father and son. The woodworking was absolutely beautiful and stunning. Nathan stated, ” We have been in business since 1995. We specialize in custom hand made kitchen cabinets. Mostly our wood comes from right here in Lawrence Co.” I saw meticulous work in cutting boards, furniture, picture frames and much more. These carpenters are truly skilled craftsman. Michael DiLuvio has mastered the art of making hand made bows for hunters. ” We invite everyone to come see what we do.” Nathan said.
Not far up the road was a stop where I had never been. Broken Arrow Archery Club also located on Mudlick Branch provides a safe place for boys and girls, elementary to high school, to learn, practice and master their bow skills. Coached by Al Fannin and a host of friends, the archers compete in many national and statewide competitions. High Schoolers can and do earn college scholarship money. While there I got to watch old time making of arrowheads. Very interesting! Mr. Fannin proudly spoke about his passion, ” I have been coaching and mentoring this group since 2015 and we’ve been competing since 2016. Seven boys were on the team this year and they did very well. One boy has earned $13,500 in scholarship money to go on to one of several colleges in the state.”
My last pit-stop for the day was at the Wolfpen Woods Pioneer Village just across the border into Boyd Co. This historic village offers educational tours for the school children of Eastern Kentucky to learn more about OUR history. It is run by Roland and Margaret Burns and several other history loving people as volunteers for the village. They have been running this little village for 17 years now.
“Our purpose is our collective contribution to our community. We are basically an educational institution necessitated by the needs of the teachers to teach what is required by law for pioneer history,” Burns said. “It is one thing to talk about a blacksmith and another to see one in action. Many skills of pioneer days are represented here. We have educated approximately 37-38,000 children. Our target group is 4th and 5th grades as well as 7th and 8th.” Roland Burns said.
I was surely worn out at the end of the day and can’t wait til Sunday to complete my mission by visiting the remainder of the stops on the Heritage Harvest Tour 2017.
Get out and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Just start down on South Rt 3 towards Fallsburg for an unforgettable drive through the backroads of Eastern Ky.