Historical tour open to the public

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By Molly Haines

The Owen County Chamber of Commerce has organized a historical tour, which will take place during the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship June 26. The purpose of the tour is to provide tourists with a rich knowledge and understanding of the county.

Those participating in the tour will ride in a horse-drawn carriage that follows a winding route through Owenton. The route will highlight some of Owen County’s most historical spots and include a progressive tea.

Peggie Tisch, who is in charge of the event, said the tour will be open to those visiting from out of town before opening it up to local people.

“A lot of local people expressed interest in the tour,” Tisch said. “We have two carriages that will hold 22 people each and we now have 20 seats available that we’re opening up to local people.”

The cost of the tour is $40 per person, which will help pay for the carriages.

Tisch said although she is not from Owen County, she is excited to learn more about its history and hopes other local people will be, too.

“I’m excited about it because I want to know more about Owen County,” Tisch said. “This county is very rich in history and a lot of local people may not be aware of all that has taken place here throughout the years.”

The tour will include a stop at the Owen County Historical Museum where Bonnie Strassell, a local writer and storyteller, will become the character in her story, “House Whispers.” Local minister and storyteller Bill Watson will be at the Owen County Courthouse unraveling the mystery of a Civil War soldier’s secret. Award-winning author and public speaker Georgia Stamper-Green will channel the life of a Kentucky riverboat captain at the Stafford House. Mother and son duo Joy and Clark Roberts will bring to life the 1860s at the oldest surviving brick home in Owen County, the Green House.

The progressive tea will include a full course meal, complete with fruit, ham sandwiches, cheese balls and petit fours. Paintings by local artists will be displayed during the tea. Local artists interested in displaying their work should contact Tisch.

A visit to the Farmers’ Market will also be included in the tour, as well as visits to merchants in the downtown area that participate. To make the event more authentic, merchants who wish to participate may be dressed in period costume.

For questions concerning the tour or to make a reservation, you may e-mail Tisch at Peggie@Tischrealty.com or call (502) 484-3652.