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The 5th Annual Fall Heritage Festival at Homeplace on Green River, 5807 New Columbia Road (Bing Map/Directions from Anywhere) Campbellsville, KY 42718, is Saturday, September 8, 2012, 9am-3pmET/8am-4pmCT

By George Kolbenschlag.
News from Homeplace on Green River

Homeplace on Green River, the historic farm being developed by Adair, Green and Taylor counties, will be the site of good food, live music and lots of activities for the whole family Saturday, September 8, at the farm's fifth annual Fall Heritage Festival. The festivities will be on-going 9am-5pmET/8am-4pmCT. Last year's Heritage Festival drew over 1,200 people.

There is no charge for admission, parking and many other activities including a variety of exhibits and demonstrations, hiking, live music, arts and crafts exhibitors and a quilt show. There will also be a free photography workshop. A variety of food will be available from vendors.

Tickets are available for $1 each for all other activities including the pony rides, hay rides, a barrel train, pedal tractor pull, face painting and more. All events and rides are free to active duty military, National Guard and their families with proper identification.

Homeplace on Green River borders on the Green River and State Highway 55. Entrance to the farm is off 55 five miles south of Campbellsville and four miles north of the Adair/Taylor county line. The street address is 5807 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville. Watch for the signs and Festival flags.

Homeplace has been a working farm for over 200 years. The original home was built in 1804. It has been added to over the years, but is still standing and in use for farm activities. The farm has been owned by just three families in all its years--the Tates, the Buchanans and the Halls.

In 2001 Homeplace on Green River was established by Adair, Green and Taylor counties. The farm is operated by a foundation directed by a governing board with representation from the three counties.

Funding for initial purchase of the property was provided by The Farmland Protection Program. A major effort is underway to renovate the house as well as a Civil War era bank barn and several other historic outbuildings. Once developed, Homeplace will also include nature trails, picnic areas and other opportunities for family activities.

The restoration of Homeplace involves many groups and organizations in addition to the three county governments. The Nature Conservancy, U.K. Cooperative Extension Service, TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky, Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association, Heartland Waterways Tourism Corridor, Kentucky departments of agriculture and fish and wildlife, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Services and others are playing a role in the reestablishment of the farm.

Homeplace depends on state and federal agencies, local businesses, individuals and croplands leasing for funding of its on-going operations. It is maintained and operated entirely by volunteers. - George Kolbenschlag

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