Kentucky December 09, 2016
The Unique Town In Kentucky That’s Anything But Ordinary
Kentucky has a lot of interesting and unique towns. Louisville and Lexington always have plenty to offer as the state’s two largest cities.
Berea is is the Folk Arts and Craft Capital of Kentucky, and Bardstown was named the Most Beautiful Small Town in the country by USA Today. However, Paducah is a town in Kentucky that is anything but ordinary, and often doesn’t get enough credit.
Paducah is located in western Kentucky, right on the banks of the Ohio River. It is the largest city in the Jackson Purchase region of Kentucky.
Let's start with their welcome center, which is located in a restored 1860s mansion.
Whitehaven Welcome Center is the only historic home to serve as an interstate welcome center. The mansion has an abundance of items to commemorate Alben Barkley, a Paducah native who served as vice president under Harry Truman. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, and is located at 1845 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001.
Paducah is located on the Ohio River, and is known for being a community full of history and art.
However, being located so close to the river has caused extreme flooding in the past.
In 1937, the Ohio River crested at 60.8 feet, and there are many buildings downtown that have flood markers to show how high the water actually got. In true Paducah fashion, they decorated their flood walls with beautiful murals.
One of the most popular activities to do in Paducah is the Riverwalk. Walk along the banks and watch barges or steamboats chug past, and visit some local stores.
Downtown Paducah is right on the river, so you are just steps away from the charming and historic streets of downtown.
Stop in at one of the many local restaurants, coffee shops, stores, or art galleries.
One of Paducah's oldest and most historic neighborhoods is the Lower Town Arts District.
Unfortunately, many of the original buildings in Lower Town were destroyed by the Civil War. Some buildings were restored, and the neighborhood had a period of elegance before falling into decline. However, in 1982, the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In recent years, Paducah's Artist Relocation Program has helped bring Lower Town back to its former glory. More buildings have been restored, new ones have been built, and the neighborhood is now bustling with art galleries and has become a desirable place to live.
Another site in Paducah to check out is the William Clark Market House Museum.
Come see artifacts and memorabilia from throughout Paducah's rich history. The museum does close for the winter on December 15, but will reopen to the public on March 5. The Market House Museum is located at 121 S. 2nd Street in Paducah.
The town of Paducah is synonymous with great quilt making. It is even nicknamed "The Quilt City."
Every year, QuiltWeek Paducah attracts thousands of people. It is one of the largest quilt shows in North America, and in 2013, the town was named a City of Crafts and Folk Art by UNESCO. Paducah is only the seventh city in the world to gain that title.
The National Quilt Museum in downtown was recognized by USA Today as one of the best quilt displays in the country.
The quilts on display in the museum are from all over the world. The National Quilt Museum is located at 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 42001.
If you're more of the outdoorsy type, check out Bob Noble Park. It's home to a FIN (Fishing In Neighborhoods) lake, so you can watch fisherman throughout the park or cast a line yourself.
Located within Bob Noble Park is the Wacinton Sculpture. Created by sculptor Peter "Wolf" Toth in 1985, it is meant to be a dedication to the Chickasaw tribe who used to inhabit the area around Paducah.
Whether you visit just for a day or for a week, you’re certain to find Paducah a lovely and charming place to be.