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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
This story was posted on 2011-03-20 07:45:13
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