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Newsletter: Homeplace on Green River August, 2010

Here's what's growing on at Homeplace

The mission: Homeplace is dedicated to the protection and promotion of rural American culture through the sustainability of agriculture and natural resources utilizing education, conservation and the economic opportunities of agro-tourism. Homeplace showcases the local history of Adair, Green and Taylor counties.

Greetings From the President: This is the first of what will be occasional newsletters to update you on what's up at Homeplace on Green River. We hope they will better acquaint you with what is destined to become one of south central Kentucky's premier attractions. Our vision for Homeplace has come a long way in just a few short years thanks to the work of many dedicated people. But it's a work in progress, and there remains much to be done. Our work will help assure more Kentuckians will grow to appreciate their agricultural heritage and our young citizens will have an opportunity to see a productive working farm. Please join us in this endeavor. We welcome your support be it time, talent, dollars or all three. Don't forget our Fall Heritage Festival September 11! -Homeplace Board President Ken Forman

There is Good News: TOUR SEKY (TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky) has given Homeplace four significant grants in 2009/10. One is funding needed signs for Homeplace; one funds painting two buildings; the third funded a Quest walk and the fourth allowed Homeplace to purchase four sturdy wagons that can be used by parents of children with disabilities or who are too young to walk. TOUR SEKY is a regional tourism development organization promoting and enhancing the tourism opportunities across its 47-county service area.

Homeplace was also given a $1,000 grant by the Rotary Foundation to install a water ram pump, a technology that uses only water flow for power and that was used much earlier in the history of Homeplace, before the availability of electricity. The pump will provide water for farm use. The grant application was initiated by the Columbia Rotary club and supported by both Campbellsville and Greensburg Rotaries.

For the first time, Homeplace has generated enough income from leasing the farm's cropland to allow significant amounts of money to be designated to restoring both the house and the bank barn. The Board thanks Homeplace treasurer Dr. Max Downey for his work in acquiring the leases and establishing a system for managing the farm's cash flow.

Membership: The Executive Board voted to establish a membership program to allow those interested in Homeplace to express that interest with membership. The annual nominal cost will be $15 for single membership and $25 for family membership. A membership form is attached to this newsletter and can be returned with your check, made payable to Homeplace on Green River, and mailed to George Kolbenschlag, 320 Young Street, Columbia, KY 42728, or to any other Board member.

Please note "membership" on the check. There will also be a membership table at the Fall Heritage Festival. Your membership will help assure the future of Homeplace on Green River.

Summer Picnic: In spite of the heat--which was considerable--the summer picnic at Homeplace was held July 23 for volunteers and Homeplace Board members. The heat did keep the attendance down, but there were about 40 there and we enjoyed Jackie Bowen's barbeque and desserts, Max and Patti Downey's cucumber and oriental noodle salads and the sweet watermelon provided by Betty Jane Goren- Smith and Gordon Smith. We also want to thank the cleaning crew, Executive Board Member Michelle Eastman and her children, Mary, Tresh and Addie; Jackie Bowen and her son Lakin Pullman and Max Downey.

Log Tobacco Barn: Homeplace has acquired a very early log tobacco barn which will be reassembled on site. The barn was about to be burned when Betty Jane Goren-Smith caught sight of it and convinced the owners of its significance. They ended up donating the building to Homeplace. Max Downey, Greg Eastham and George Kolbenschlag tagged the logs and Dr. Downey arranged to have the barn unassembled and transported to Homeplace. You can see the well-preserved logs at the Homeplace feed lot.

Help: Homeplace depends almost entirely on volunteers. There is much to be done either on site at the farm or from your home. If you wish to help, call or e-mail one of the Executive Board members listed in this newsletter or indicate your interest on the membership form on page 4. Your suggestions to help make Homeplace a more interesting and successful endeavor are also welcome. Here are some areas where help is needed:
  • Maintenance, repair/renovation or construction in almost any capacity
  • Administrative help, such as coordinating the membership or donor programs, letter writing, record keeping, writing news releases, grant research and writing, contacting other organizations and businesses seeking help.
  • Assistance with special events such as working with the Fall Festival, Agriculture Days for school children or organized youth groups (4-H and Scouting.)
  • Recruiting other volunteers
  • Mowing, trail construction and maintenance, clearing trees,
THANKS: We all know the danger in lists thanking folks As some of the most deserving are inadvertently left off the list. With that in mind, and an apology to those we fail to recognize below, here's a list, in no particular order, of some of the great helpers we've depended upon these past several months. If you don't see your name and have contributed, let us know for the next newsletter.

To the folks at TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky for their early and on-going financial support.

To both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts for several clean-up activities and for their frequent use of Homeplace for their camping and training

To the extension agents for their support in many areas, especially in the agricultural days for students

To Taylor County agent Becky Nash, who has played a key role in all aspects of Homeplace since its inception

To Adair, Greensburg and Campbellsville Rotary Clubs for their help with the water ram pump. Especially the Adair Club which took the lead in the project, provided most of the labor and also helped at last year's Fall Harvest Festival

To the young men from the Adair County Youth Development Center for help in weed removal

To students and staff from Lindsey Wilson College who have done and continue to do much work and field study at Homeplace

To Betty Jane Goren-Smith who is a member of the full Board and one of two ex-officio members of the Executive Board. She has been very active at Homeplace since its inception, especially in the renovation of the home.

To Lindsey Wilson Associate Academic Dean Lori Sargent, who coordinates the college's many programs at Homeplace, and who has taken a great personal interest and provided many hours of personal effort including design of the Homeplace brochure and Fall Festival poster. She is a member of the full Board and one of two ex-officio members of the Executive Board

To Patti Downey for her good cooking, presence and help at almost all of Homeplace's events

To Vonnie Kolbenschlag for her developing and successful application for grant funding for a Quest program, for her help in organizing the crafts and arts portion of the Fall Heritage Festival, for the new Homeplace mailbox and for many other contributions

To Billy Joe Fudge, president of the Board for seven years before stepping down last year. He spent hundreds of hours (probably thousands of hours) in almost every capacity at Homeplace from bush-hogging to representing Homeplace throughout the area

To Taylor County Judge Executive Eddie Rogers, Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton and Green County Judge Executive Mary Ann Blaydes Baron for their interest, presence and financial support

To Greg Eastham for his help with an erosion problem at the farm, the disassembly and removal of a historic tobacco barn from Taylor County to Homeplace for restoration and for his advice on renovation of the bank barn

To Richie Kessler for his critical role in helping with the initial establishment of Homeplace

To The Executive Board members, past and present, for their hard work in assuring steady, fiscally responsible improvements at Homeplace and for their hard work at all Homeplace events. And finally, to the many, many people who since Homeplace's beginning in 2001 have provided their time, talent and dollars to advance the vision of a place where Kentuckians could come to remember or learn about the wonderful rural heritage of south central Kentucky.

  • President: Ken Forman, Taylor, (270) 465-7865,
  • Secretary Pat Durham, Taylor, (270) 789-4032,
  • Treasurer Dr. Max Downey, Adair, (270) 384-5161,
  • Member Billy Joe Fudge, Adair,
  • Member Michelle Eastham, Green, (270) 932-3268,
  • Member Jackie Bowen, Taylor, (270) 465-2736,
  • Member George Kolbenschlag, Adair, (270) 384-6777,
Full Board Members

Adair County: Terry Farris, Joe Payne, Mary Knight, June Parson, Terry Partin, Ann Melton (ex- officio*) and Lori Sargent*
Green County: Jerry Humphrey, David Givens, Chris Mason, C.W. Goff, Brent Petersen, Walt Goren, Danny Jeffries, Mary Ann Baron (ex-officio*)
Taylor County: Mike Caldwell, Steve Martin, Vonda Smith, Dollie Shelby, Harold Young, Eddie Rogers (ex-officio*), Betty Jane Goren-Smith* and Becky Nash (non-voting.) *Also ex-officio members of the Executive Board

Homeplace's historic significance: Homeplace has been a working farm for over 200 years. Beginning in 1803, Isaac Tate grew tobacco and corn, and raised cattle and sheep and harvested honey, shipping products south on flatboats. Three generations of Tates owned the farm. Between1906 and 1954, the Henry A. Buchanan family diversified their farm operations. Beginning in 1954, brothers Buster and Carl Hall focused on development of a cattle business. The farm was purchased in 2001 by a foundation established by Adair, Green and Taylor counties with funds from the Farmland Protection Program. It is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Homeplace is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and is administered by Board comprised of members from each of the three counties.

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