Moonshine, Mountains & Music
June 7 – 10, 2018
Day 1 - We will depart our hometown and head to eastern Kentucky in the Heart of the Appalachians, accented by scenic 1,100- acre Dewey Lake. Arrive in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to check into our hotel and freshen up before heading for a Moonshine Hide-A-Way and Tour. We will enjoy a demonstration of how the old timers brewed that famous mountain “white lightnin’” as directed by some typical mountain shiners who will also take up their instruments and sing a couple of Moonshiner songs; there is plenty of foot-stompin’ dancing. Later, the group accends the hidden trail to an outdoor Bar-B-Q for an evening music supplied by the Moonshine Band.
Day 2 - After breakfast, we will meet out local guide to depart for Mountain Home Place. Glance back in time to the mid 1800’s to a typical rural farm in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. You will view a short documentary narrated by Richard Thomas (John Boy) of this early mountain life. Characters in period dress will present stories of the log house, barn, blacksmith shop, church, and school. We then head for Paintsville to enjoy a tour of the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, which is dedicated to the country music entertainers who were born or lived near U.S. Route 23 in Eastern Kentucky. The featured entertainers include Billy Ray Cyrus, The Judds, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Scaggs, Hylo Brown, Loretta Lynn, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless and Gary Stewart. After our visit, we will continue to the East Kentucky Science Center & Planetarium for a visit and lunch. In the afternoon, depart for a visit to Webb’s Grocery, owned by Loretta’s brother, Herman. The store dates back to 1910. We will then depart for Loretta Lynn’s Butcher Hollow Home Place for a highlight tour. Hear the story of Loretta and her sister, Crystal, as you travel along the 2-mile narrow and winding road to the home. Herman will give a first-hand account of his two sisters and will detail what it was like living there 60 years ago. Later in the afternoon, visit the Mayo Methodist Church, which was built by local coal baron, John C. C. Mayo, who donated it to the congregation in 1909. It has massive cut sandstone walls, brilliant Italian-made stained glass windows, oak support beams, and a Pichner pipe organ which was given to Mayo by Andrew Carnegie. Return to the lodge to freshen up before departing for a delicious dinner and an evening of entertainment.
Day 3 - After a hot breakfast we will depart with our tour guide for a visit to the Civil War Site, Middle Creek National Battlefield, where you will meet a “Civil War soldier”. Union and Southern Forces met here on January 10, 1862 to seek military control of this strategic gateway from Virginia. Two thousand soldiers engaged in a 24-hour struggle with gun firing and cannons blazing to what led to Union Colonel James Garfield claiming victory, and later becoming President of the United States. Afterwards, tour the Historical Samuel May House where you will meet “Ms. May”. The home is the oldest brick house in the Big Sandy Valley. The Federal-style, two-story house was built in 1817 and it sits on a shallow hill, surrounded by 400 acres of timber and pasture land. The house was used by Samuel’s son Colonel Andrew Jackson May as a recruiting station for the Confederacy during the Civil War. May’s descendants occupied the property until 1997 when it was deeded to the city as a museum. After the tour you will have some free time to browse the shops in historic downtown Prestonsburg. Enjoy lunch at Jenny Wiley State Park, which is followed by a narrated pontoon boat ride on Dewey Lake. This evening enjoy dinner followed by entertainment by the Big Sandy River Boat Band that offers guests a night of country, bluegrass and favorite “Americana” pop music.
Day 4 - After breakfast we will depart for home with a new understanding of old Kentucky.
Price per person based on double occupancy $ 645.00
4 day/3 night package includes:
- Moonshine Hide-A-Way Tour, includes- outdoor BBQ and Moonshine Band
- Tour Mountain Home Place
- US 23 Country Music Highway Museum
- East Kentucky Science Center & Planetarium
- Webb’s Grocery
- Loretta Lynn’s Butcher Hollow Home Place
- Mayo Methodist Church
- Middle Creek National Battlefield
- Historic Samuel May House
- Lunch at Jenny Wiley State Park
- Narrated pontoon ride
- Big Sandy River Boat Band show
- 3 nights lodging
- 3 breakfasts
- 3 dinners
- Round Trip Transportation Aboard A Deluxe Motorcoach
- Luggage Handling, Taxes And Gratuities On Included Activities
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