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Homeplace on Green River hosts Chamber luncheon
Adair County Judge Executive Gale Burris Cowan reported, "I jumped the county line today and attended the Taylor County Chamber luncheon at Homeplace on Green River. They had a ribbon cutting for an Outdoor Classroom for the Homeplace which is a great venue and shared project by Adair, Green, and Taylor Counties."
The Campbellsville Taylor County Chamber of Commerce meets monthly at a different location. Their October meeting was held at HGR where President Billy Joe Fudge introduced Miss Kentucky. He gave a rundown on the many current and upcoming projects (coming in a separate story) and introduced guest speaker, former Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy, Warren Beeler.
To put the spotlight on the Homeplace, from their website:
Homeplace on Green River is a shared project of Adair, Green and Taylor counties, dedicated to protection and promotion of rural American culture. It is located at 5807 New Columbia Road, between Columbia and Campbellsville.
The farm is being restored by volunteers and is administered by a Board of Directors representing all three counties. Homeplace is dedicated to the protection and promotion of rural American culture through the sustainability of agriculture and natural resources using education, conservation and the economic opportunities of agri-tourism. Homeplace showcases the local history of Adair, Green and Taylor counties as well as that of all of Kentucky. It is maintained entirely by volunteers.
Homeplace has a rich history of national, state, and community support. Since receiving its 501 (c)(3) tax free status in 2002, it has been granted over $850,000 in funding from 15 organizations and agencies.
In addition to the three county governments, The Nature Conservancy, U.K. Cooperative Extension Service, TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOURSEKY), Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association, Heartland Waterways Tourism Corridor, Kentucky Departments of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife, and Forestry, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Services and others are playing an active role in the restoration and operation of the farm.
Funding for initial purchase of the property was provided by The Farmland Protection Program.
Individuals and families have made $5,000-$10,000 gifts for projects at Homeplace including for the home and reconstruction of an early log tobacco barn. The combined 400+ acres and surrounding region add to Homeplace's strength as a potential major tourist destination.
The Homeplace on Green River and adjacent Tebbs Bend/Green River Nature area owned by Taylor County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Homeplace also borders on the historic Tebbs Bend Civil War Battlefield.
Homeplace offers a living-learning-working farm that is being restored while remaining operational and 97% debt-free. Documented volunteer hours speak volumes about the dedication and commitment of its Board of Directors, partners, local colleges and universities, and many other supporters.
Contact the Homeplace at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-789-0006.
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