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DAY TRIP: scenic 704 in Cumberland County, KY

By Linda Waggener

If you just need a short drive to appreciate the countryside, this is a favorite. One of our most highly recommended day trips from Columbia is the drive south into Cumberland County, Kentucky on Highway 704.

It's a different world in each season. As we near the close of winter 2020, a few photos are linked to this story to show how things are now.

A surprising part of this visit was discovering that nearly 2,000 acres of the Crocus Creek Valley as you leave Adair and head into Cumberland County and the Amandaville community, are for sale and can be purchased right now.

So, I'm thinking that if I play the lottery, and if I win the lottery, I'll buy it all and preserve every rolling hill, creek, animal, historic home and building - especially that smokehouse with the horseshoes nailed to the front - and just sit back and invite company to come and enjoy.

This story was posted on 2020-03-16 07:21:24
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Scenic Cumberland County, KY

2020-03-15 - outside of Burkesville, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The hills of Cumberland County are still in winter phase for another week or two. Trees are budding out and they will be greening up soon. This view is from Hwy 61 where one can turn off onto scenic 704.

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Scenic Cumberland County, KY - purple fields

2020-03-16 - Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The countryside is turning from shades of brown of winter to gentle colors of spring. This delightful little plant has turned fields purple, or lavender, in Cumberland County. According to Billy Joe Fudge, "if the stem of this plant has leaves all the way to the ground it is Purple Dead-Nettle. If the stem is bare of leaves up to 2 or 3 inches from the ground up, it is Henbit." I didn't get up close to examine it because it was private property and there was no one around to ask for permission. As a matter of fact, the fields are for sale behind a beautiful home. More about that in the next photo.

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Scenic Cumberland County, KY - Amandaville

2020-03-16 - Amandaville, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Whenever passing, I always paused to admire this two-story victorian home and wondered what it might be like to live in the tiny community of Amandaville in the scenic valley between Columbia and Burkesville on Hwy 704. On this Sunday drive the sign out front said it was for sale. I rushed and scrolled to the realtor's business card ad on to see if the seller really was our Burton Real Estate - it is - and click their pictures to view the inside rooms. The house is enchanting and comes with 685 acres of land. The purple fields behind the house can be better view in the previous photo. If you want to see inside the house, scroll on the right side of CM sponsor's business card ads and click on the red and white Burton Realty link to their website.

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Scenic Cumberland County, KY - Hwy 704

2020-03-16 - Hwy 704, Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The Chowning family land, Hopewell Acres - 1,200 acres including historic home and oil wells - has a sign out front that it is for sale on Hwy. 704 in Cumberland County, KY. It is owned by John and Joe Chattin Chowning and is still in operation as a farm, timberland, and oil producing property. It looks very much as it has since their parents raised them there.

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