I shared with you last week that the purpose for this field trip was to visit our state’s history museum. You can read all about our visit to see the Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy exhibit at the Kentucky Historical Society.
Frankfort is a beautiful city (town?) and rich in history. And because it’s a bit of a drive for us to go there, we wanted to spend some time exploring. We began by having lunch at Buddy’s Pizza. It was pretty yummy, but the food didn’t end up being the highlight of the visit there. The combination Galaga/Mrs. PacMac video game, straight out of the 80s intrigued Ben — I could hardly pull him away to eat!
After finishing lunch, we waited (far too long) to take a trolley tour of the city. Actually, I waited at the trolley stop in the drizzling rain, while Ben walked up and down the railroad track across the street. What is it with boys and tracks?
The kind (but very late) trolley driver did share some of Frankfort’s history as he took us by the State Capitol (old and new– the current Capitol is actually number four), the Frankfort Cemetery, Rebecca Ruth’s Candy (yep, we stopped in to buy some — yum!), several historic homes, and Buffalo Trace Distillery.
While there, the rain stopped just long enough for us to take a walk through the cemetery to look at some old tombstones. There were many from the late 1700s and early 1800s. We also found Paul Sawyier’s gravesite. You might not have heard of him, but he was a Kentucky artist and the state library in Frankfort is named for him.
Once we finished our mini-tour of the cemetery, it was time to head home. Because the radio station forewarned us of an accident on the interstate, we took the backroads home. And I am so glad we did. Just outside of Frankfort, we discovered this abandoned table of honey and MONEY! Oh my! There was about $50 of waterlogged paper money on the table and not a soul in sight. There really are still some trusting folks in the world.
But Ben isn’t one of them.
The house sat back pretty far off the road, so Ben was worried about theft. He dried off the money and ran it up to the house. Apparently, this beekeeper got caught in the rain as well, and in his rush to get indoors left everything behind.
See that quart at the top of the sea of pints? That one is mine. My honey bear was grateful we happened upon this place.
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