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Constance Alexander: ‘Abundantly enriched’ by the living history depicted at Homeplace 1850

With no dreamy-eyed profile on eHarmony, and not even a come-hither pitch via Tinder, chances are that Homeplace 1850 at Land Between the Lakes will stay single. Without a partner, the living history site that depicts day-to-day activity of a rural farm family in the antebellum South is on life support. Nothing is definite, but word is that the Homeplace might be converted to a museum. There is also...

Constance Alexander: Genetic eye disorder leads biologist to alternative ways to see the world

When he was a farm boy growing up in rural Iowa, John Pollpeter was like most kids. He played Little League baseball and golf and was a mid-halfback in football. And living close to the Mississippi River provided adventures in the great outdoors. He was fascinated by animals, mammals especially, and that turned into a lifelong passion. Around the time he was supposed to get his driver’s license,...

Constance Alexander: A host of golden daffodils tells stories of the past in Kentucky’s Golden Pond

In springtime, daffodils cluster around invisible houses in what used to be Golden Pond. A sharp eye might spot remnants of foundations from family homes, or a pair of maple trees that once flanked a front porch. Random artifacts like these offer silent testimony from the hundreds of families displaced from that close-knit community when the Tennessee Valley Authority created Land Between the Lakes. According...

Ky. Heritage Council’s 35th annual Archaeology Conference set for March 2-4 at Kentucky Dam Village

A focus on cemeteries, traditional cultural properties, and other preservation issues will be at the forefront of the 35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Archaeology Conference convening Friday through Sunday at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville. The conference is an opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky and neighboring states to network and share...

State Agriculture Department, local officials take steps to address floodwater mosquito infestation

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is working with local officials in western Kentucky to combat an outbreak of floodwater mosquitoes in the Land Between the Lakes area. “We chose to take a proactive approach to stop these floodwater mosquitoes from becoming a major public nuisance,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The local governments in the area want to get ahead of...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: LBL a recreational treasure; new book details area’s amphibians, reptiles

The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is a true recreational treasure. The 171,280-acre national recreational area in western Kentucky and Tennessee is unique in many ways, as it straddles Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, two of the region’s largest reservoirs, and offers visitors a full spectrum of outdoor activities in one of the largest blocks of undeveloped forest in the eastern United States. The...

Old Time Kentucky: Marker tells story of youngest drummer boy in the War of the Revolution

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist A farmer said to be the Revolutionary War’s youngest drummer boy is buried on a remote Trigg County hilltop in Land Between The Lakes. Nathan Futrell’s grave is evidently not a top tourist attraction in the popular 170,000-acre national recreation area in western Kentucky and Tennessee. Futrell rests for eternity in his family cemetery, close to Wranglers Campground....

Constance Alexander: Rich heritage of ‘Between the Rivers’ captured in stories of daily life and loss

Unlike Haley Joel Osment, who played the creepy little boy from the movie The Sixth Sense, I don’t exactly see dead people, but I do hear their voices. Before you suspect some sort of psychosis, let me assure you that my clairvoyance can be attributed to an oral history project I conducted almost 20 years ago with former residents of what is now Land Between the Lakes. Through grants from the Kentucky...

Hunting season for coyotes at night opens Feb. 1; several federal areas are off limits

A new regulation allows hunters to use lights to hunt coyotes at night in Kentucky from Feb. 1 through May 31 in permissible areas.   Hunters may take coyotes either during the day or at night year-round in Kentucky. However, lights may only be used at night during the upcoming season.   Hunters should be aware of the different regulations which apply to coyote hunting during the day or the...