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Sharon Whitehurst: Seen in the Stars in Cumberland Co., KY

When husband Jim took her on wheeling/dealing trip to the Garrett Creek Road area of Cumberland County, she remembered she was in the general area of Subtle, Metcalfe Co., KY. She found, as all visitors to Cumberland County do, some very interesting folk architecture, including decorative stars, which may have inspired the current fad of putting metal stars on structures, she thinks.
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By Sharon Whitehurst

GRADYVILLE, KY (March 17, 2011) - Maybe the accompanying photos will be of interest to your readers--or maybe they are already familiar. I looked at the B.J. Fudge article of 4/17/10 which suggests a daytrip to Subtle, KY (Daytrip to Subtle, KY: BJ Fudge recommends with Derek Coomer photo -CM) and believe we were in the same area.

Jim was on one of his wheeling/dealing runs this morning [a congenital weakness inherited from his NC paternal line ] and I've learned when invited along to take a supply of books and my camera.

We've noted the popularity of metal stars in various sizes and colors as decoratively applied to local houses.

On the trip, and shown in the accompanying photos, we saw cut-out stars appear to be an older form of folk art.

The current owner of the property told us this is the old Garrett farmstead, located in Metcalfe Co on the Garrett Creek RD.

Another old barn in a nearby pasture wears the same decorative effect.

I'd love to know if the stars were cut free hand or a template was used.

It must have been a fussy job balanced on a ladder and using slender-bladed handsaw. -Sharon WhitehurstGarrett Creek Road is off KY 61 toward Columbia, a few miles north of Burkesville, in Cumberland Co., KY. It is just south of Subtle, KY. -CM

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Sharon Whitehurst: Hand cut stars - folk art, folk architecure

2011-03-20 - Garrett Creek RD, Cumberland Co., KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst accompanied her husband on a wheeling/dealing trip to Garrett Creek Road north of Burkesville in Cumberland Co, and south of Breeding in Adair, and significantly for the incomer from Vermont, in the general area of Subtle in South Metcalfe County. She'd wanted to see the area since reading about a daytrip to Subtle suggested by Billy Joe Fudge. While she was on Garrett Creek Road, she spotted this delightful barn on the Old Garrett Place, and couldn't help but wonder how the stars were carved, and what their influence might have been on today's penchant for metal star adornments on houses and other buildings.

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Scenic Cumberland Co., KY: House on Old Garrett Place

2011-03-20 - Garrett Creek RD, Cumberland Co., KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Inspired by an artistic woman "This is a view of a house on the old Garrett Farm." Sharon Whitehurst writes. "Note the rather Gothic trim which crowns several of the windows. I think there must have been an inventive carpenter involved in this feature as well as the star pattern on the barns. Perhaps a woman with artistic sensibilities inspired her good man to such detail."

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Scenic Cumberland Co., KY: Stars in Garrett Creek Road Barn

2011-03-20 - Garrett Creek RD, Cumberland Co., KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Another intriguing star gabled barn on Garrett Creek Road. Sharon Whitehurst discovered the folk architecture on a recent wheeling/dealing day trip with her husband Jim. And, though she doesn't mention it in the accompanying article, it's apparent that she's finding what many South Central Kentuckians are finding, that Cumberland County offers some of America's most beautiful landscapes, in some of the most unheralded places.

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