Friday, May 02, 2008

Green River Lake Area

Since Son job-shadowed in a different town each day we had the chance to explore a new area each time. Daughter and I explored the Green River Lake area .

First, we stopped at the Army Corp of Engineers Vistor Center. They are in charge of dam maintenence and also have a nice little educational center about Kentucky plants and wildlife. Daughter matches trees with their descriptions. There were also snake, bird, butterfly, and wildflower displays and games.

Then we travelled a mile to the dam outlet. It is a favorite with fishermen. We saw some WHOPPERS! Fish, that is, not fishermen.

Soon, it was time for lunch. We had packed a picnic and enjoyed it at Green River Lake State Park. After lunch, we played 18 holes of putt-putt golf.
The view from our picnic table.

We drove back to the visitor center when we realized that they were the last stop on a driving tour of the Battle of Tebbs Bend, where Confederate General John Hunt Morgan began his 1863 raid into Indiana and Ohio. They have moved the Atkinson-Griffin Log Home to the visitor grounds.

This log home served as the Confederate hospital during the battle. The upstairs floor is heavily stained. There had been a porch, where they laid the most severely wounded, which required drilling of holes in the porch floor to allow the blood to drain away.

We got the key to unlock the home from the visitor center and then spent a good couple of hours inside, free to read and view the exhibits by ourselves. Union and Confederate uniforms, lists of the wounded (and their wounds), a diorama of the battlefield, artifacts, all on display. Upstairs, a large wooden loom is stored.

We learned about different types of log homes:
The Double-Pen...
...Dogtrot......and Saddlebag.And an entire list of household inventory, both the handwritten document and then a typed-version for easier reading. Look very closely.

After we picked up Son, then we took the driving tour. Click on this link to see some of what we saw. It was hard to imagine the tired and battle-scarred soldiers fighting in the very same place that we were driving through such beautiful countryside. In my mind's eye, ghosts in Civil War uniforms were loading cannons and carrying away the wounded as our van slowly drove through.


Tipper said...

Oh what fun. I can't believe you got to explore the cabin by yourself! How neat. You need to keep on with this "job shadowing" I'm feeling like I've been on some mini vacations!

Marci said...

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Catherine Seiberling Pond said...

Well, I guess I need to tune into your blog more often to get a sense of our new home state! I'm learning a lot just reading through--and adding a lot of day trips on the list.

Thanks for all of the great info!