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Kentucky Off The Beaten Path: 77 reviews and 126 photos

  Mounds in Ashland
by deecat

Historic Ashland is a great city for you to see centuries of Kentucky's history all in one place. This small city is located near the point where three states--Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky--meet.

The people who settled in the area in the eighteenth century built houses in the middle of ancient Indian burial mounds from 2,000 years earlier! We visited the mounds (see photo) as well as the ornate homes. What wonderful architectural details we saw such as the cast-iron dragons that glared down from the roof of one of the homes.
Ashland is a steel-making and oil-refining center. Who has not heard of Ashland Oil Company?
Ashland is Eastern Kentucky's largest city, and it's located along the Ohio River in the far northeastern part of the state.
Kentucky's one-time poet laureat, Jesse Stuart, lived ten miles north of Ashland. This land that he lived on was willed to and set aside as a nature preserve where there are many trails to hike.
We visited the Kentucky Highlands Museum that is located in a 1917 Mansion where we learned about the fascinating past of the region. I really enjoyed the antique clothing that they exhibited. There was also an interesting exhibit about the development of the radio!

If you enjoy out-of-the-way places, you'll love Ashland.

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2005
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