Kentucky’s small towns often have traditions that bond the community and create lasting memories for generations of local families. Sometimes these traditions last forever; sometimes they fade away. In the town of Mayfield in western Kentucky, a Christmas tradition that took place in the 1960s was missed by those around today, so they decided they wanted it to bring it back to life. The community rallied together and built Cartwright Grove, and this 1800s Old West town in Kentucky may just be your new favorite destination.

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Cartwright Grove is a wholly unique day trip in Kentucky that hosts events throughout the year. Are you from this area and do you have fond memories of the Cartwright Farm? Are you excited about the town’s new venture? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Cartwright Grove is located at the Graves County Fairground at 1004 KY-121, Mayfield, KY, 42066. For more information, visit the official Cartwright Grove website and follow along on Facebook.

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What are some other unique and historic towns in Kentucky?

Kentucky has many towns steeped in history, lore, and legend, and if you're curious to explore the most historic towns in Kentucky, definitely put the following legendary locales on your list:

  • Greenville. Founded in 1799, Greenville is an idyllic little town located in western Kentucky’s rolling blue hills. Renowned for its family-friendly festivals, historic downtown, and Southern hospitality, Greenville is about as charming as it gets. Grab a bite at Aunt M's Cafe and then visit the Big Twigs, an enchanting outdoor art installment at the nearby Lake Malone State Park.
  • Horse Cave. Horse Cave, Kentucky, is one of those small towns that, at first glance, doesn't look all that unique or extraordinary. But here in Kentucky, we know better than to be fooled by appearances, because some of our state's greatest treasures are literally hidden underground. Located just 15 minutes from *the* Mammoth Cave, this charming little town of 2,400 has its own epic underworld, and it's not only Horse Cave's namesake, but also its defining feature. Because, you see, the cave for which the city is named is located on the south side of Main Street -- literally smack in the center of town. Operated by the American Cave Conservation Association, public tours are offered year-round, and make for a pretty spectacular Kentucky day trip adventure.
  • Maysville. Maysville is peak small-town vibes, with a picture-perfect downtown district offering visitors not only amazing shops and eateries, but also a crash course in Bluegrass history. Truly -- if you are curious about history, you'll find it around every corner in Maysville, with numerous Underground Railroad sites, the National Underground Railroad Museum, the Colonel Charles Young Birthplace Cabin, the Mays Lick Rosenwald School, and, just outside town, the oldest covered bridge in Kentucky.