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Leaving the Kentucky Artisan Center, turn left onto KY 595 and proceed to Interstate 75. Turn right onto I-75 North and travel 13.0 miles to Richmond, Kentucky. Irvine. Participant 4, Oak Tree Inn, will be on your right side when you enter Irvine’s business district. The Oak Tree Inn is a family-owned and operated motel business that will provide you with a pleasant Take exit 90. Follow US 25/ stay in Irvine. There mission is 421 south for 4.2 miles to the to “exceed our guest’s stoplight at the 52 East expectations for cleanliness, junction. Turn left onto 52 E friendliness, and product and travel to Irvine, Kentucky. quality as we provide them with Turn left onto Route 1457, then an attractive, well-maintained, The Collection of Overlook right on Cedar Grove, and left secure place to stay at a fair Stained Glass and Gemstones onto Overlook Drive. price.” Right across the street Participant 1, Overlook will be a great place to sit down Stained Glass and Gemstones, and eat a home-cooked meal. most beautiful land. The will be at the end of the road. Participant 5, Cedar Village, is legendary scenic beauty of You can choose from jewelry right across from the Oak Tree Estill County is largely already made up or pick out and Inn. The restaurant provides embodied in the Daniel Boone design your own stones. All buffet style dining, daily National Forest. When you visit jewelry is of precious metal. Estill County, you are seeing specials, catering, group Bob and Brenda Clair have the spectacular land that meetings, a pick-up window, always been nature lovers and a banquet room. Continue Daniel Boone once explored. involved with art. They have driving east on US 52. Right been working with precious past the McDonald’s, turn right. While enjoying the Red Lick stones for over twenty years. Take a left onto Red Lick Road Valley, you can stop overnight Drive back to Route 1457 and and Participant 17, Bicknell’s and stay at Participant 18, continue up the hill. Participant Soggy Bottom Farms will be Snug Hollow Farm Bed and 2, Cynthia Cusick: Cusick on your left side at the big red Breakfast. This farm bed and Creations, will be on your left barn. This farm was established breakfast is nestled on 300 side. Her creations usually in 2000 to give family fun to the acres of meadows, creeks, involve natural elements to local and surrounding flowers, and wildlife. You can some degree and almost always communities. It includes a spend a lazy afternoon sipping employ some sense of irony, Farm Fall Festival, which has a tea in the sun-dappled kitchen, humor and whimsy. Ms. ten-acre corn maze, petting zoo, browsing the library loft, or Cusick, originally from New gift shop, hay rides; pick your enjoying the charming York City, began exploring the own pumpkins, and sorghum sunroom. Proceed back medium of painting her black production. If you continue on and white prints under the Red Lick Road, you can enjoy guidance of Fernando Natalici. your surroundings of Participant 18, Red Lick Valley. This part Continue back to US 52 and of the driving trail takes you continue heading east towards along some of Estill Counties Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails

through Red Lick Valley and to the main US 52 highway. Turn right and keep traveling east towards downtown Irvine. Take a right onto Route 89. Follow Route 89 to Route 851 and then to Route 3329. Stay to the left. You will then travel for 5 miles. Participant 7, River Rat Boatworks, is your destination. The road will turn to a gravel road and you will follow that to a gate. You can enjoy a pleasure cruise on a towboat and barge for up to six people on the Kentucky River. With this participant you will be able to sightsee along the Kentucky River, fish, and photograph wildlife including wood ducks, mallards, wild turkey, Great Blue Heron, Whitetail deer, beaver, muskrat and the occasional elk. Take the Routes back to the main highway. You will need to head east on US 52 towards downtown Irvine. After entering downtown, take the first right towards Ravenna. Participant 12, Picture This Studio, will be on your left in downtown Ravenna. The McClanahan’s Gallery offers original watercolor, pastel, oil, and mixed media paintings. Other services include custom framing and art classes. The McClanahan’s have been teaching art together for over 30 years. Be prepared to fall in love when you see one of Russell McClanahan’s paintings or enjoy how Delores McClanahan portrays the delicate but colorful nature of

flowers and her soft landscapes with subtle beauty. Continue down Main Street in Ravenna and Participant 21, Pandora’s Box, will be on your left side. Here you can find items from the past and step into the beauty of the collectibles of the present and future. Owned and operated by Brandon and Beverly Thompson, Pandora’s Box will tickle your fancy and make for a memorable trip that you will want to make over and over again. Stay on Main Street and proceed towards Highway 213 on your left. Follow to Marbleyard Road on your left. You will see signs for Participant 16, Cottage Furnace. After entering Daniel Boone National Forest, you will see a recreational sign on the right. Merge left at the fork in the road and follow to picnic area. Cottage Furnace has a nice parking and picnic area, so bring your family, friends, and food and stay awhile. It is an old iron furnace in rural Estill County that produced “pig iron” in the middle to late 1800’s. The remains are in very good condition. Watch closely, as one can walk right by this furnace and never see it. Drive back to Main Street in Ravenna, but turn left and proceed towards 1571 east. Follow this until it ends at US 52. Turn right and you will find Participant 13, The Glass Garden and Greenhouse. Owned and operated by Maria

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The Cottage Furnace

Lainhart, you can visit her studio and greenhouse for her works of art. Stained glass work is available for purchase or if you have an idea and would like to have a custom piece created, Maria will help you design your piece. Turn back towards the way you came, but stay on US 52. Turn right on Route 1182 and immediately onto 975. Proceed to the end of the road and you will find Participant 14 and 15, Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center and the Fitchburg Furnace. Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center is a 304-acre Christian retreat, recreation, camping and worship center owned and operated by the United Methodist Church of

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Kentucky. Facilities include a 10-site full hook-up RV park, tent camping, rustic cabins, dorm lodging, and modern chalet-like retreat cottages for both individuals and groups. The Fitchburg Furnace is also on site. This National Historic site is open to the public and features the largest coal-burning furnace in the world. The Fitchburg Furnace begun in 1869 and was built by masons from Ravenna, Italy. This is the only double furnace in Kentucky. Travel back towards downtown Ravenna and turn right at the stoplight onto Main Street in Irvine. When you see Broadway Street, turn right. Participant 11, the Estill County Historical and Genealogical Society will be on your left. Organized in 1981, people come here to meet and to learn more about their Estill County families and history. You are welcome to browse the collection of over 700 books, the file drawers of family files, and newsletters from 1981 to the present. You next stop is Participant 9, Artrageous! Follow Broadway back to Main Street and turn right. It will be on the left side in downtown Irvine. This learning center for the arts has a working studio and gallery. At Artrageous! you can be taught lessons in piano, guitar, band instruments, voice, drawing, painting, pottery, and stained glass. Participant 10, Front Porch Gallery and Studio,

will be on the right continuing down Main Street. It is two doors past the Post Office and is located inside a house. The mother and daughter-owned gallery represent more than 52 artisans from around Kentucky. Take a few minutes from your busy day and have a glass of tea, sit, or swing on our front porch swing.Next on the Estill Trail, keep following US 52 (turns into Route 89). Stay left on Route 89 past the 82/89 intersection. Turn right on Hargett Parvin Road and follow to Domain Farm and Participant 3, Robin Fassas. This artisan is known for her equine portraits using original watercolor, acrylic, and ink wash. Part of her fine collection includes renderings of famous Arabian, Rocky Mountain and Saddlebred horses. She also rides, trains, and continues to show Arabians, Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, and National Show Horses from her 145 acre Domain Farm. Travel back to Route 89 and continue north. Turn right on KY 1880/Route 1889. Follow road to stop sign and turn right. Cross the railroad tracks and follow the gravel road down the hill, across the creek, and up the hill to Participant 4, Sundance Christmas Tree Farm. They offer precut trees or you may select your Christmas tree on our farm and they will be happy to cut it down for you. Pine, spruce and fir are available. During the Christmas season, enjoy free hot cider, donkey cart

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Front Porch Gallery and Studio

rides, and coloring books for the children. To end your driving back at the Kentucky Artisan Center, follow Route 89 to where it runs into US 52 and continue back through the trail to Richmond, Kentucky. Take a right onto US 25/421 and follow to I-75. Merge onto I-75 South and travel to exit 77 in Berea, Kentucky.

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