Sunday, September 16, 2007

Welcome to my Neighborhood!

Hey everyone! Kathleen at The Open Window is hosting Welcome to my Neighborhood.....today! So go on over and visit everyone and see where they live!


Welcome to Paducah, Kentucky. Grab your coffee or coke.....buckle up we have alot of driving to do . I'm so glad you came to visit. This is our rest stop...the first thing you see coming off the interstate. It's and old mansion that was restored by the state into a rest stop. They have tours and at Christmas it is beautiful.
I told you it is beautiful......when I went to Prom back in the early 90's this is where we would get pictures made at......it is so southern.....so Gone with the Wind dont ya think?



We have a district downtown called Lowertown.....some artists from around the world have come to Paducah and bought old homes and renovated them.....they have their shops inside ranging from coffee shops, to resteraunts to art gallery's...it is really nice to take an afternoon and stroll from home to home and check out the before and after of these old homes. Back in the old days people named their homes after themselves.....so I thought I would share with you their names.

The Mary Jane
The Colonial
The Madison
The Blakemore


We took a break while taking our pictures and Miller enjoyed an ice cream cone.....at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shoppe downtown........
Here is me and Madison at the riverfront.....this sign welcomes boats going down the Ohio river.


Here is the Farmers Market where we go every Friday morning to get fresh produce....it's a great place.
Here is the Market House...it is now a theater where Madison took acting lessons but back in the early 1900's it was the first Market for farmers to come and sell there produce. Horses actually pulled wagons up to it.....amazing.
Here is the famous Quilt Museum.....where thousands of quilters come in April.....it's huge for our town. We have officially been named Quilt City USA!!!!!

We have a flood wall next to our beautiful Ohio River......and there has been a painter who has painted it over the years with different scenes of Paducah through out the years.....I'm showing you some pictures as this is so very important to our community....riverboats from all over dock here to look at these beautiful murals.......There are over 20 pictures but I chose just a few to show you......
The Indians......Paducah was named for Cheif Paduke....
Alben Barkley was one of our Vice Presidents of the United States.....he lived here in Paducah and was a huge part of our community. Madison did a report on him and made an A....if you want to know anything about this man...just ask her.
The next picture is the Ohio River back in the late 1800's...ferrys where docked here.
This is what my Papaw Dub did for a living.he drove barges down the river....this picture above is special to us.
This one is of the Paducah Summer Festival which is held the third week in July...its hot but thousands come out for it.....it lasts a whole week and ends with fireworks...


This is a picture of the church I grew up in.....Scott and I also got married here on February 26, 1994......I was only 19 years old. And I'm still totally in love with him.


This is our Four Rivers Center....this is where we have huge concerts, plays, musicals......the Proms are all here now and huge dances.......Last Comic Standing is coming here in November!

Remember my grown up Prom we went to last Christmas???? This is where we went....it is on the Ohio River.....





Speaking of the Ohio River here it is....we live very close to it....my Papaw Dub drove barges down it for a living and dug for mussels in this river along with my great grandfather too......the river is very important to our family.














Here I'am in front of the river.......we take Miller down here for picnics alot....

Well....that is it......we had so much fun taking you around our town.....if you ever want to come back...you can stay with us or I know of some great Bed and Breakfasts......we love our town...Scott and I both grew up here and are raising our children here. We wouldn't have it any other way. We are down home southern people....just call us when your in town I will have some ice tea and cookies waiting.....or if it's the evening we will have margaritas.....my way!

37 comments:

Peggy said...

Thanks for showing me your lovely neighborhood!

Tashasc30 said...

thanks for sharing. you have a beautiful neighborhood.
come visit mine .
have a great monday!

Org Junkie said...

Wow what a beautiful place to live. Those murals are stunning!

ellen b. said...

I love saying the name of your town! You have given us a grand tour and I thank you. Looks like a wonderful place to live. Blessings...
http://happywonderer.wordpress.com/

Becky said...

I am so excited to see you are from Paducah. I have a history, old and now new, with Paducah.

When I was growing up in St Louis area we used to drive through Paducah several times a year to get to my grandfathers farm in Dresden, TN. The parts of Paducah we saw back then, and even now as we drive through, are not nearly the lovely areas you have shown us. That means I need to stop and visit. The remodeled homes are incredible. They remind me of some we have seen on the Maine coastline.

I love the murals that have been painted. That is something else I never got to see.

I was just through your town over the summer when I drove from St Louis to Atlanta with my mom.

But the most fun thing to me is the quilt museum. I am reading a series of books right now about quilting. They are novels about a quilt group and there are many in the series. I just read one called "Round Robin" and the group meets in Paducah for the anual quilt show! How about that?! I am so excited. I had a feeling it must be true that there is a show there every year, but I was not certain. So there you go. You proved it. Thanks!

What a wonderful tour and so much fun to see the other side of Paducah. Thank you so much. Next time I am planning an afternoon rather than just flying through.

La Dolce Vita with LeAnn said...

Wow - is a pretty simple word to express the feelings I had when I was on tour with you. I loved the beautiful buildings. This week my 3rd graders will be tying a quilt during class. I'm a wannabe quilter, and would love to visit the captiol city of quilting someday. Thanks for sharing!

Penless Thoughts said...

What a wonderful job you did of the tour of your city. Makes me want to come and visit. Sounds like the kind of town Mickey & I loved to stay in during our travel days.
Susan

Terri and Bob said...

I love Paducah! I have been there several times. Come and visit me, too. I love the old homes.

mom of 2 said...

Those are some great pictures! I love the paintings on the river wall...so pretty!

PEA said...

I so enjoyed the tour with you:-) You do indeed live in a beautiful area...I'm quite fascinated with those murals!! I live in Ontario, Canada so I'm really enjoying being able to visit the States from my computer chair!! xo

Dawn said...

A very thorough and lovely tour! Thanks for the visit - I have never been to Kentucky, but who knows - after retirement??

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Thanks for the trip around a beautiful city that i have always loved!! We moved from Illinois to Savannah about 6 years ago now. Thanks for stopping by to see my neighborhood...Sandy

Susie Q said...

I loved it! I know that mansion well! On our trips from St. Louis to my Mom's in TN, we always stopped there! : )

I really like your area of the world...thank you for showing us such pretty sights!

Hugs,
Sue

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That is a great place to live! Very nice! thanks for the coffee and the tour!

Overwhelmed! said...

Oh Jen, you live in a beautiful area! I really enjoyed your picture tour. Thanks for sharing!

My “Welcome to My Neighborhood” post is right here.

Kathleen Marie said...

Gorgeous! Wow, I love the Ohio and the old mansions...very Gone With the Wind! How fun. This looks like such a great place to live. I love the murals. Some people are just so talented. It seems so light and airy. Sometimes it seems dark up here with all the old pines and in the winter it is just about dark by 4...depressing!

Thank you so much for participating in Welcome to My Neighborhood! God Bless!

Dianne said...

What great photos-so pretty! Thanks for sharing. : )

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

You did a great job with your tour! I hear about Paducah nearly every day via my kids Boyz in the Sink Veggietales cd!

The old houses are magnificent! And the mural wall is beautiful. I think the ice cream stop would be my favorite stop though. :)

How neat that you are raising your children in the place you grew up.

-Andrea

JANET said...

Paducah's a pretty big place! Thanks for the tour. My town is on a river too, although not nearly as big as the Ohio.

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

Wow, Jen. You did a great job of showing us where you live. That first photo? Or really the second photo of the same house....that's my dream house. LOL But really, it is.

I think it's wonderful that you two grew up right here and are raising your kids here too.

Susanne said...

What a lovely city you live in. Those homes are just beautiful. And the murals are something else. Thanks for giving us a lovely tour.

Kelli said...

I loved visiting your neighborhood Jen! The homes are beautiful!!!

Kelli

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

Paducah is a lovely town. It's been a long time since I've been there. Loved seeing your neighborhood!

Sandra said...

Jen I LOVED this, and I loved seeing you in the pics too :)

Beautiful neighborhood and I'm just in awe of the buildings and houses, gorgeous indeed :)

Thank you for the tour :)

peppylady said...

Every time I hear the state of Kentucky I think of two things Kentucky derby and the song "My ole Kentucky home"
Thanks for the lovely tour.

Tammy said...

I absolutely loved this tour! Such great historic buildings...and you did such a wonderful job with this tour!
I got married just one year after you did...but we're just the opposite in that I didn't get married until age 32! (Don't do the math, please! LOL)

Wonderful tour and great to "meet" you!

Kim said...

Hi Jen!!! I loved the tour of Paducah. I haven't been there in years. Maybe I can bring the girls your direction one day after my husband heads out, and we can meet somewhere for lunch.

Have a good week!

{Karla} said...

SO pretty!!!

How far is Paducah from Nashville??

I've always wanted to go to one of the quilting events there.

Blessings,
Karla

FarmHouse Style said...

Your town is so charming! My favorite is the Mary Jane. How wonderful to live and raise your children in the place where your family roots lay. Thanks for the tour, I hope we meet up again soon.
Rhonda

Adventures In Babywearing said...

You look great- and what a nice neighborhood you have!!!

Steph

Michelle said...

thanks for the tour! What beautiful homes in your neighborhood!

Karen said...

You have a beautiful neighborhood. I've not been to your part of the country -- thanks for the tour! How nice that you can raise your children in a such a beautiful place where you and your husband grew up.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wonderful tour Jen! I haven't been to Kentucky yet, although I used to work with a guy who was originally from Paducah. Loved seeing all the photos and reading all about your neighborhood! :)

Have a great day!

gail@more than a song said...

Oh it all does look very southern! I love those houses, seeing the church you got married in and love seeing you and your kids. I wish I lived some place big enough to have a farmer's market, how fun. And a quilt museum, I wish I could quilt! Looks all really nice, good job on showing it all Jen!

keri said...

so interesting to hear about your town! there is such great history there.

Robin said...

What a beautiful town! I have heard of Paducha and would love to visit someday! I love the history and those mansions are incredible! I love how they named them after themselves - it gives them such personality.
I just posted my tour - I hope you can come and visit!

Glass Half Full said...

Makes me wanna visit!!!

Lori