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Cool Springs Creek newcomers excited about Gradyville home

After looking over all of Central Kentucky, Marylanders chose Cool Springs, Adair County, KY, as the place they want to live in retirement. "We looked all over Kentucky, from Irvine to Bowling Green and everywhere in between for our dream farm, but found none more beautiful nor or well-suited to our desires than the 100 or so acres just off of Old Gradyville Road - the home we now dream about every night.
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By Guy and Aline Babin

My wife Aline and I recently closed on a farm along Cool Springs Creek at the end of Paul Coomer Road. We're currently in the process of putting our home here in Maryland on the market and will be fully in place in Gradyville no later than May of this year.


We simply can't wait! We looked all over Kentucky, from Irvine to Bowling Green and everywhere in between for our dream farm but found none more beautiful nor or well-suited to our desires than the 100 or so acres just off of Old Gradyville Road - the home we now dream about every night.

In our mid to late 50s, we are "retiring" from the rat race to begin a labor of love in developing our new farm with a few cattle and other critters, a nice veggie garden, and most importantly; to build new memories with our family as we share the place with grandchildren during summer visits.

We're both retired Navy veterans. Aline is a native of Massachusetts, I was raised on the gulf coast primarily in south Louisiana. We chose Kentucky for its beauty, relatively low cost of living and its central location.

We found ColumbiaMagazine.com early on and rely on it for a connection to the community. It's helped a lot as we are dry sponges thirsty to soak up just as much as we can about the community and its history. Just this morning I was reading an archived article about the Old Spark's Mill get together hosted by Bill Davenport. As I looked at the series of pictures accompanying, I recognized all of the land marks along Old Gradyville Road and grew even more "homesick" for our soon to be new home.

We'd love to meet you as soon as providence allows. We're also anxious to meet our neighbors and to learn as much as we can about the history of our farm and surrounding area. We already know Jon and Barb Leibeck of course, the prior owners--they have been gracious and we regard them as our very first Gradyville friends. We also know Sandra Rowlett from United Country. I did make contact with Cozetta Legg, neighbor to our east via phone as coordinated by Email with her daughter-in-law, Nicole.

Hopefully the gathering at the Mill continues every summer and we can participate in order to meet people and begin the process of assimilating into the local culture and identity.

Looking forward to a proper personal meeting in the near future; stay warm, and take care.

Sincerely,
- Guy & Aline Babin


This story was posted on 2014-01-28 11:55:53
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