Whitesburg KY

Bardstown house has history, ghosts


More snow came to Bardstown last week. We awoke to cold weekend mornings with light dustings of snow.

Joann Hobbs, the owner of The Homestead Bed and Breakfast just a few miles outside of the city, had her annual Christmas open house this weekend and she invited me to be a part of it. I met some very interesting people who were there with tables set up with fresh honey, handmade leather crafts, fairy houses and fairy dust, handmade fossil jewelry, wood-burning and other arts and crafts.

I also met Thomas Freese, who is the author of several ghost stories in Kentucky. Thomas also makes wood jewelry.

Joann worked to restore this three-story plantation cabin and it still has the original rooms that were built in early 1700s. At one point in history during the Civil War, it was used as a hospital for soldiers. At that time, it was only one of three houses that were between Bardstown and Bloomfield.

Joann says that she hears people talking or sees them and sometimes a fingersnapping sound will chase her dog and she will tell it to stop, and the spirit doing it will.

She remodeled a lot of it, simply replacing the fallenin ceiling and the floors. The kitchen floor is brick, but used to be dirt as it has served as slave quarters.

There are three stairways that lead up to a separate bedroom, and are three bedrooms in the bed and breakfast.

I was set up in the Victorian Room, which was right up my alley. The romantic room has frilly, lacy and crochet doilies, and empty perfume bottles and knickknacks and antiques galore.

There are so many crafts and antiques through the Homestead that you forget where you are and it’s such a comfortable place to be.

Joann made homemade chili and sandwiches our first day there, and those of us who were set up met in the kitchen for lunch and socializing. I met very interesting people who were from several places: Rosemary had honey and visits Blackey regularly. Paul was originally from Canada and had traveled through Utah and Oregon, then across the U.S. to Kentucky. He does hand-crafted leather product such as saddles, belts and many other items. Patricia came from a town outside Bardstown with jewelry and crafts made from fossils that she found around were she lives, that are called crinoids fossils.

These are fossils of marine animals that existed millions of years ago and resemble flowers and some people call them ‘Sea Lilies.’

There was also wine sampling from Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery. Justine was a ‘fiber artist,’ and she makes bib necklaces, purses, coasters and hats. She told Thomas a story of a ghost cat that she has in her home, that her own cats do not enjoy. Ruth did wood burning and woodcrafts.

Amanda brought pumpkin spice cakes, gingersnaps and carrot cake.

It was a nice, sociable, entertaining weekend, as well as profitable and fun. I met people traveling from Leatherwood, and Breathitt County.

The temperat u re s dropped down to 19 on Sunday night, and around 3 p.m. it was getting quite bone chilling outside. A lot of us called it a day as most of the customers had already come by on Saturday and enjoyed hot cider, and the two men playing guitar and singing Christmas and bluegrass in the living room. You could hear the music throughout the entire home due to how the structure is built.

An adjoining bathroom connects two bedrooms and with the doors open, the warmth from the fireplace in the kitchen filters throughout the top floor as well.

Happy birthday wishes this week go to Hassel Hampton of Eolia, on Dec. 10.

Bardstown City Schools will have their last day of classes on Dec 17, and will resume classes Jan. 3.

I guess that is all the news for this week. Blessings to all and merry Christmas!

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