Bowling Green: National Corvette Museum, Shaker Village and Charney Dairy Barn

4/23/14 Wednesday in Park City, KY (Diamond Caverns-TT/MA)

Gorgeous day. We all needed groceries so we’d decided to go to Bowling Green where there are Kroger stores and combine that trip with some fun field trips. First the National Corvette Museum where, in February 2014 a sink hole sucked in several Corvettes that were parked there, in the yellow building. ($8/senior +55). A little history: The original Corvette was aimed for the rich, prosperous car owners but was soon close to bankruptcy until Zora saw it and told other GM designers that it needed a more powerful engine. Management asked him several questions, soon making him the lead engineer. The rest is history-the emphasis on speed has made Corvette a top contender in the hearts of many car owners ever since. The initial emblem was of a US flag and a race flag. At the last minute someone noted that is was illegal to us the US flag in a commercial insignia, so they created a new insignia with the French Fleur-de-lis replacing the US flag flown to the first race the night before.  Note that the word Corvette was from the French for “fast sloop” because it was named after a ship in the Revolutionary war that was smaller and faster (thus highly maneuverable)  than most others of the time.  I must say I love these cars for their design, their beauty.  The last couple images are about the sink hole.  The last is actually of what we could see of the sink hole that swallowed around 10 cars.

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These are several of  the 8 cars pulled out of the sink hole, starting with the first that came out.  It was so amazing to actually see such recent history in person.

cars 1 cars 2 cars 3 cars 4 cars 5 cars 6The image above is of the building where the sink hole occurred.  In front are new Corvettes ready for delivery.

The Shaker Village is near Bowling Green ($8/senior). I loved this “broadside advertisement” about their religion, so you can click on the image to enlarge it for reading. This South Union Shaker Village was founded in 1807 because Shaker missionaries discovered lots of willing converts there. By the 1830’s they had constructed 75 buildings. When the community disbanded in 1922 the Shakers had built over 225 buildings at South Union.

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The Ministry Shop. Here is where the leaders lived; men downstairs and women upstairs.  The yellow floors were common for the Shakers.

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Nearby is the foundation of the Meeting House.

meeting house

Centre House: 4 floors where they ate and lived, enjoying the latest in technology advances.

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In the Milk/Smoke house they had an excellent demonstration of their broom making.

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The Civil War was a turning point. The Confederates didn’t trust this group because they cared for black people and the Union soldiers didn’t think much of their pacifism. When soldiers from either side came for food or help, they provided, at a great cost to the group. Due to this great loss of resources and as fewer people wanted to join this group due to the greater prosperity of the times, the congregation diminished, from around 400 to 9. Since they were celibate they also didn’t gain members through their families. The property was sold in 1922 and the new owner destroyed many of the buildings. Only 1 living Shaker Village exists in the US today, in Maine. Neat items (made by nearby Amish) in the gift shop.

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Nearby on the grounds was an old farmhouse

old farmhouse

and St. Mark Monastery

St Marks

This whole place is just imbued with the peace and beauty of their lifestyle, a moving experience.

By now we were were starving. Having asked the cashier for recommendations regarding a place to eat she recommended the Charney Dairy Barn, where they serve fresh items from the farm, especially their ice cream. It completely met our expectations – great food, marvelous ice cream. Well nourished we set off for Camping World where John and I purchased an item, then to Kroger where we all got our groceries.

Outside of John’s allergy sufferings we had a great time.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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