We Are Having A Good Visit

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We arrived in Oregon last Wednesday morning about 9:50 A.M., approximately 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Most of the trip we ran ahead of schedule, except for the first night. The bus was late and crowded but the drivers (we changed drivers at Louisville) made up the time by the time we arrived in Indy. The train was late getting into Indy and about an hour late getting into Chicago, but we had plenty of extra time to kill there so it actually made things better for us. We will be heading back on Friday afternoon and hopefully we will be back home on Monday. We will update you then.


In Less Than 24 Hours…

>> Saturday, March 13, 2010

In less than 24 hours from now (Saturday evening about 7:00 PM) Connie and I will be embarking upon our “big adventure.”  We are scheduled to leave from Bowling Green, KY tomorrow evening by Greyhound Bus and to arrive in Indianapolis, IN a bit after 2:00 AM Monday morning.  After approximately a 4 hour wait we will catch the Amtrak train for Chicago at 6:30 AM.  We will have another lay-over in Chicago of about 4 hours before boarding the Empire Builder Monday afternoon.  And, then we have about 46 hours of travel across some very beautiful part of this land before arriving in Portland, OR on Wednesday morning.  We will try to take a number of photos that we can post later. 


Private Family Cemeteries

>> Sunday, March 7, 2010

The following quotation is taken from a book entitled “Weird Kentucky:  Your Travel Guide to Kentucky’s Local Legends and Best Kept…”  From page 209 in a section captioned “Cemetery Safari,”  “Being so finely chopped up into small counties (one hundred and twenty:  third most counties of any state in the union), Kentucky naturally contains a higher number of official county cemeteries than many other states.  And because of our dense mountainous and rural areas there’s also a very high quotient of private family cemeteries, often on private property and just as often lost, forgotten, or bulldozed over.”

I have noticed numerous small cemeteries in the area.  Some are quite small with only a few gravestones.  Some sit near a road but with pasture or farm land all around.  Some are not even near a public road but near where a house once stood.  As I’ve posted here earlier I am in the process of tearing down an old house for the building materials.  I had made several trips up to this old house, which is located about 1/4 mile from the public road down a farm lane, before I noticed an overgrown family cemetery.  The only family name I located was “Wilcoxson.”  Most of the deaths were from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  The most recent burial I noted was in 1947.  Here are a few photos.


Although not as commonly done as in days gone by some burials are still made in private family cemeteries.  A friend of ours died a year ago last summer and she was buried on the family farm.  According to what I have been able to find,  if one’s land is outside the village or city limits and if there is no local mention of family cemeteries in any zoning there one may go right ahead and bury their family member on their own property.  This is something we have discussed with Darryl and it is our hopes that when that time comes we will be laid to rest right here on Cedar Ridge Farm.


Enter My Son’s Maple Syrup Give-Away

>> Thursday, March 4, 2010

I’m not eligible for this since I live right here on the farm but all of you reading my blog are so go on over to his blog, New Kentucky Homestead, and leave a comment.  Let him know you were referred by this blog.


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