"Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
Daniel Boone


Friday, October 17, 2008

Views of Castleton Lyons farm in Fayette County on Iron Works Pike.

In 1793, a Virginian by the name of John Breckinridge was to buy 2,467 acres of prime Kentucky farmland. He named the farm, which would later become known as Castleton, “Cabell’s Dale.” Breckinridge was a dedicated thoroughbred breeder who would himself go on to become a United States Senator and to serve as Attorney General in the cabinet of President Thomas Jefferson. Upon his death in 1806, he would leave one of the country’s finest thoroughbred broodmare bands behind him.

On his death, the property was inherited by his daughter, who was to marry a David Castleman in 1816. It was the Castlemans who would hold title to the land through most of the nineteenth century. In 1840, Castleman built the Greek revival mansion that is still a landmark of the farm. He also gave the farm a name based upon his family’s name—he called it “Castleton.”

Old Stone House Newtown Pike Scott County

Blue Grass Trust stone house (late 1700s) on Newtown Pike(Ky 922) between Lexington & Georgetown near the site Johnson's Mill on Elkhorn Creek.

"The Elkhorn"

In the Bluegrass
Of Central Kentucky
In silence and solitude
An ancient wanderer
Timeless and tireless
Moves through our lives
He is a wanderer
A traveler among green hills
Ancient among the ancient
Timeless and tireless
Here before our time
Here after our time
Timeless and tireless
An ancient among the ancient
A wanderer in the Bluegrass

Offutt-Cole Tavern Woodford County

Located at intersection of Old Frankfort Pike and US 62 near Midway presently being restored by ehe Woodford County Historical Society