Friday, April 25, 2014

Historic Painted House Tour

It was a beautiful day outside Tuesday so we decided to take a little tour of some historic houses. These are not just any historic houses, these are colorful painted houses and they are beautiful. Most of them were built in the 1800's. Now I love old houses and when you paint them where they look like candy and cake, well that just makes it all the better. Oh and get ready for this...one of my all time favorite movies is Beetlejuice. When we were walking around looking at the houses Doug said you have to see this house. Well sitting up on a hill was a house that looked like it came from the movie Beetlejuice. Can we just say I was in love. I want that house..lol..
The house are off Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati. If you are down that way take some time to look at these house. Alot of work has went into keeping these houses looking as great as they do.

Beetlejuice House

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Old Stone Jail

When we were in Carrollton, I wanted to make sure I stopped by the Old Stone Jail. This jail was built in 1880 and is 22x20. It was used as the Carroll County jail until 1969. The first floor is where the male inmates were, the second floor was for the women inmates and children. The basement was used for solitary confinement. The inmates were shackled in by their limbs and sat on the dry laid brick floor. The two foot limestone walls were quarried in Jefferson County, Kentucky. This was really neat to see the way that inmates were kept back in the day. There was no televisions, no going outside for play time and no privacy. It makes you wonder that if they kept inmates like this now days if there would be less crime. I would think that spending one day in a place like this would be enough to change someone.
The Old Stone Jail is open daily to the public to tour. It sits in front of the courthouse.

Inside the jail

Doug in jail
Me in jail

Kentucky Veterans Memorial

While in Carrollton make sure you stop by the Kentucky Veterans Memorial. It is located at the front entrance of the General Butler State Park. 
It is a tribute to all Kentucky veterans both combat and non-combat. This is a very beautiful memorial. It is something that everyone who goes to the park should take a minute and see. You can never repay these military people enough for all the did for us so its always nice when a state or park or anyone for that matters takes the time to honer them.

Loved this

General Butler State Resort Park

While in Carrollton, we stopped by the General Butler State park. This is a beautiful park. It has over 791 acres surrounding a 30 acre lake. It has lodge rooms, cabins and playgrounds. It also has a overlook but when we were there it was closed because they were cutting trees down, so I was a little disappointed. The park also has a golf course that has the most handsome little metal golf man..lol... You can also go boating, swimming, walk the nature trail, or fishing. They also have miniature golf and miniature train rides. As you drive through the park you can see the historic Butler-Turpin house. It is a beautiful house. This is a very pretty park and well worth the visit.  

Historic Downtown Carrollton, Kentucky

We had a very nice day last Tuesday the 8th so we decided to take a little road trip to Carrollton, Kentucky. 
Carrollton is a nice quite little town that is on the Ohio river. All the people that we met while we were there was all very nice. 
We took a little walking tour of downtown and it was very nice. There is some old buildings ( more on them in another post ) and nice shops. It is a little like stepping back in time when you visit. The story about how Carrollton got its name is: The city fathers, who had close ties to Maryland, chose the name of Carrollton County in honor of Charles Carroll from Carrollton, Maryland. Charles Carroll was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and outlived all the others who affixed their signatures to the document. Port William became the county seat and was renamed Carrollton. In the center of town is an area called The Courthouse Square. There you will see the present Courthouse. It was built in 1884. During the flood of 1937, the lower level of the building was flooded with water from the Ohio river. The Coast Guard used boats to float through the halls. In the mid 1970's the courthouse was extensively remodeled to add more room. It was made into a three story building and they added an elevator and two wings. If you go into the courthouse you can see a plaque they have on the wall that marks how high the water level was when the building flooded. If you are heading down that way make sure you stop and look around and see all the historic sites. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bookseller On Fountain Square

Anyone that knows me, knows I love books and bookstores. I could spend all day in a bookstore. So when I heard that a new bookstore was opening in Downtown Cincinnati I had to go to it. This bookstore combines two of my loves in one place. One being books and the other being coffee. They have a coffee shop yay!!!
Bookseller is a 6,500 square foot building that carries everything from books, magazines, gifts, to children books and also doggie treats.
They also have a cafe type restaurant that serves some great food. The day we went we decided to have lunch. Me and Doug both had the chicken potpie and as you can tell from the picture they were huge. They came with a salad and both were very good and reasonably priced. If you sit at the window seats they have, you get a great view of Fountain Square. That is where we sat at as you can tell form the picture but the day we went it was snowing and raining but I think that made the view alot better.
The people that work for Booksellers are all very nice and helpful. If you are downtown check them out and while you are there grab some lunch or coffee.
Bookseller is located at 505 Vine Street. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Disclaimer: I am not getting paid nor did I receive anything in exchange for doing this post.