Kentucky is a beautiful place to visit, but did you know that we have our fair share or weirdness? It is not always sunshine, bourbon and thoroughbreds, believe it or not. We truly have some very unique spots that are interesting to both locals and visitors. You never know what you might find if you decide to check out the weirder side of the Bluegrass State, but here are 10 good places to start:
10. International Bluegrass Music Museum
The renowned International Bluegrass Music Museum takes us back to the beginning of Bluegrass with music, live concerts, art, vintage instruments and all things Bluegrass. It is located at 117 Davies Street in Owensboro.
9. Bluegrass Railroad Museum
This historic museum was built as a train station originally, It is located at 279 Depot Street in Versailles and holds one of the most impressive collections of toy trains ever seen. It also has some old train equipment around the back, showing off its era of glory as an operating station.
8. Coal House
This house made of coal took 42 tons of coal to complete back in 1926, and it still stands today. It is now home to the Middlesboro Chamber of Commerce and sits at 189 North 20th Street.
7. Dinosaur World
Most kids love dinosaurs, (or the idea of them,) and this is an all dinosaur theme park. It is located at 711 Mammoth Cave Road in Cave City and hosts a wide collection of life size dinosaurs in perfect poses for picture taking. If they love dinosaurs, they will love this park.
6. McHargues Mill
This beautifully preserved mill was built in 1939 by Civilian Conservation Corps, along the banks of Laurel River. This mill still works, and every Memorial and Labor day people can attend for free and get a 2 lb. bag of fresh stone ground corn meal for $2.50. This delicious meal is definitely worth a visit. It is located at 998 Levi Jackson Mill Road in London.
5. Louisville Slugger Museum
This museum at 800 West Main Street in Louisville is home to a variety of famous baseball bats. It is also the location of the world’s largest baseball bat, which stands taller than the building itself.
4. World's largest sausage
This huge Purcell’s stuffed sausage is the size of your average propane tank for home heating. It is located 1848 Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville and is seen with the sausage pump filler connected. Mind you this is a “mock” sausage, as a real one would have went very bad long ago.
3. Old Mulkey Meeting House
This ancient church was built in 1809, and was originally the Mill Creek Baptist Church, with John Mulkey being the first preacher. This went a bit out of control and heresy trials transpired, but the building still stands at 38 Old Mulkey Park Road in Tompkinsville. It offers a glimpse into the past we don’t often get to see.
2. The Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum
The Transylvania University at 300 North Broadway Road in Lexington is home to this unbelievable collection of 19th-century medical equipment and more than 200 cadaver molds. Many of these items look like they belong in a sci-fi museum, but they were actually used to treat people in some capacity. This is a completely unusual collection of equipment many of us could not even imagine being submitted too.
1. Vent Haven Museum
This museum at 33 W. Maple Avenue in Fort Mitchell is a haven for retired stars, of a sort. Inside these doors you will find the largest collection of dummies in the US, many dating back to the late 1800s. This can be a creepy place to visit, as some of the eyes seem to follow you, but it is worth the trip.
There are an abundance of weird places to visit in Kentucky, but this list is a good start. Have you been to any of the above strange attractions? If not, which would you consider visiting?