The Richmond Register

April 24, 2013

There is so much to do in our own back yard

Northside News

By Rose Miller
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — Spring is an absolute explosion of rebirth and splendor. We have three spectacular places in the northern end of Madison County in which to partake of Mother Nature’s bounty of beauty and history of our region.

Did you know Fort Boonesborough State Park and Living History is open for all to enjoy?

The park reopened April 17.  Its new hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., being closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The cost of entering and enjoying all the park has to offer is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Payment is made upon entrance into the park.

You can view a film of the history of the building of the original park, an introduction to some very popular original frontiersmen and women and see how both fought valiantly to keep the Native American Indians from overtaking their new colony.

After the film, you are free to wander in and out of the many replicas of the fort’s frontier cabins, where candle-dipping; carding wool and yarn dyeing; broom making, blacksmithing and basket making takes place.

Also, you can observe a reproduction of a cabin with living quarters and its crude, simple furnishings.

You can experience lye soap being boiled right out on the grounds.

Then, we have White Hall Historical Site, home of famous statesman Cassius Marcellus Clay – emancipationist, newspaper publisher and minister to Russia under President Abraham Lincoln.

The house, with its antique furnishings and beautiful grounds, are most famous because of the unusual life of its owner.

What could that be, you may ask?

Well, you will have to take the tour and find out all the exciting history behind the old house and grounds.

Tours begin Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Last, but not least, we have the new White Hall County Park adjacent to the White Hall Historical House and grounds.

The three-acre park has a well-stocked fishing lake with a bridge, pier and many great fishing spots on the water’s banks.

A fishing license is required, and a game warden often checks for legal fishermen.

The park has a well-planned, three-mile walking trail with beautiful scenery the entire distance.

There is even a playground for children and benches for mothers and fathers to watch their children at play.

Make plans soon to bring your friends and family and enjoy these wonderful amenities right under our nose, all in the northern end of our own Madison County.

The old adage for the week is as follows: “I’m so poor, I can’t afford dirt.”

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Until next week, may God bless you and yours.