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The Pennyroyal Region is an irregularly shaped region covering most of the south-central part of the state. The name is from an annual plant of the mint family, and the traditional native pronunciation is "pennyrile". This area is sometimes called a "a place between other places".
An important town in the mid portion of Kentucky is called Bowling Green, named after a game, "bowling on the green." It's the state's fifth-largest city. Our family visited Bowling Green when our daughter Jill was looking for a college to attend. Western Kentucky University is located here.
Some farmers in southwestern Kentucky send farm products to the city of Bowling Green, and Tobacco is bought and sold here. In addition, milk is package here.
Perhaps Bowling Green is most famous for the Corvette Factory here where you are able to take a tour to see workers assemble the Corvette Sports Car.
The city aslo has a fine museum called The Kentucky Museum which highlights Kentucky's history.
Northeast of Bowling Green, you'll find Mammoth Cave, which is part of the world's longest known cave system (see individual tip about Mammoth Cave).
Then, northeast of Mammoth Cave, you can visit Abraham Lincoln's birthplace. The log cabin can be seen near Hodgenville. Lincoln's family moved about ten miles away when he was two years old. At Knob Creek, there is a cabin like Lincoln's second home.
We enjoyed Bardstown, north of Knob Creek, where songwriter Stephen Foster supposedly wrote "My Old Kentucky Home", the state song. Today, there's a state park called My Old Kentucky Home State Park where you are able to tour this home.
Even though this section of Kentucky is not as popular as some of the others (except for the cave) , it is still worth a visit.
Note: Photo is of red corvette: all corvettes are manufactured in Bowling green. Photo from brochure.
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