Around the end of the 19th century, the town of Hanson, Kentucky was actually a very popular stop along the railroad stop for tourists and traders. Well, today, the beautiful historic downtown area of Hanson is a true gathering place for folks that are passionate about antiques and arts.

Hanson’s Village Arts Festival is an annual event that’s the first festival of the year that’s taking place in March. Throughout the year, several festivals draw huge crowds to the city’s most charming historic business district. This year’s Village Arts Festival took place in March so if you want to see what it’s all about, check out Hanson next year and you’ll be surprised at what’s on display and for sale. With a wide variety of activities, this annual festival is offering something to please everyone.

Let’s see what this year’s Village Arts Festival in Hanson had on offer:

Crafters and artists from all across the tri-state region displayed and sold their work. There were over 25 authors that contributed to the festival’s book fair. Fans of fabric arts could enjoy the interesting quilt exhibit and there was a great chainsaw artist demonstrating his craft and art. All through the days, there was live music at Hanson’s downtown gazebo and visitors could learn interesting new crafts at hands-on workshops and for the children, there were special craft lessons and classes throughout the day.

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Hanson is a small historic city located in the northern portions of Hopkins County, Kentucky. U.S. 41 (here named Hanson Road) is passing right through Hanson’s center and I-69 passes through the city’s eastern portions. You can access Hanson from Exit 120.

The county seat of Hopkins County, Madisonville, is located some 6 miles to the south and the city of Henderson, located on the Indiana-Kentucky state line, is just over 30 miles to the north.

The city of Hanson was established in 1869 on a 50-acre vast area of land that was donated by Reverend Roland Gooch and Judge Robert Eastwood to be developed by the Henderson & Nashville Railroad, today known as the Seaboard Railroad.

Hanson is named for Henry B. Hanson, a railway surveyor and civil engineer who was working for the railroad. He plotted and developed the town. and in December of 1869, the city received a post office to be incorporated at the end of March 1873 by the state assembly.

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Historic Hanson, Kentucky, is often referred to as the Antiques and Art Center Of Western KY. The town has the true distinction of being the smallest historic district in Kentucky and has a thriving and recognized arts & antiques business community.

What Hanson town lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm. The town’s recent upgrading and rehabilitation of the downtown area has resulted in that its sidewalks are again welcoming visitors and shoppers to the town’s charming downtown stores, cafes, and restaurants.

Hanson boasts architecture that dates back to the late1870s-early 1890s and what you can see from the outside is at least as fantastic and impressive as the magnificent shops and boutiques that are housed inside the town’s architectural treasures. Hanson, Kentucky, has a lot to offer for everyone, from antiques and art shops to the finest B-B-Q restaurants.

In earlier days, Hanson was an important business town on the railroad and educational opportunities were relatively easy to access. If, for example, today one of the town’s residents would like to earn a high school equivalency diploma, it’ll be a matter of following an online GED prep course such as MyCareerTools GED resources travel to Madisonville to attend a physical class.

Hanson is the smallest historic district in Kentucky. The town’s historic district includes one block of restaurants and shops clustered around the one traffic light that you can find here. During the 1800s, the town’s main business and source of revenue was tobacco and the crop was shipped across the country on the railroad tracks.

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Hanson? Just Like When I Was a Kid….Except the Toilets are Indoors Now.

When her hometown threatened to condemn 8 historic buildings (dating from 1879-1895), Teresa Anthony purchased all of them. Over the following years, she restored and rented out all of them. Here’s her remarkable story.

Q: Could you give us some sense of growing up in Hanson, KY? Is there a major city within an easy drive?
Hanson was a great place to grow up. Even though it’s a rural area it was still close enough to town to get what you needed. When I was a kid the downtown had a wonderful old general store (Parish’s) and the Hanson Grill. The other old buildings were antique shops and an electronics repair shop.

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When you’ll be visiting Hopkins County in Kentucky, here is a to-do list that you use to have the time of your life. We’ve compiled the top 20 things to do this year in Hopkins County. When you are looking to enjoy some great new adventures, yummy food, or fun events in 2019, check out these year-round activities in Hopkins County.

The following video gives you an impression of the Friday Night Live Concert Series in Madisonville as XG The Xtraordinary Gentlemen (with Alonzo Pennington) performed at Madisonville’ Friday Night Live (June 14, 2019).

  • Stop by the Historic Downtown area of the village of Hanson. Here you can browse unique shops and antiques outlets and enjoy some amazing food at one of Hanson’s restaurants housed in the town’s charming historic buildings that date back to the late 1890s – early 1900s.
  • Check out The Ledge VR. This is a state-of-the-art virtual gaming center located in downtown Madisonville. Here, you can immerse yourself in virtual experiences like phenomenal globetrotting or get busy with an action-packed virtual game. You can make your reservation online and check out game titles that are available.

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Kentucky Living History Farm is a 530-acre working family farm in the heart of the Bluegrass where guests experience the sweep of agricultural history from 1829 to the 21st Century. See, hear, and touch the things that real farmers experience every day: Burley tobacco, cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, horses — and perhaps the blue heron pair down on Goose Creek.

The educational video above relates to a family’s journey to Kentucky in the late 1700s. It gives a clear picture of what it took to go down the Ohio River on a flatboat to reach the rich Kentucky land. The video is about the hardships that came with pioneer life and the continuous search for new fertile land as the early pioneers and settlers set out beyond the Mississippi.

Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln’s mentor
At the Kentucky Living History Farm, you can learn the story of Denton Offutt, the man who employed young “Honest Abe” Lincoln at his store in New Salem, Illinois, and who went on to become America’s most famous horse trainer — as his protege became the Savior of Our Nation.

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If you want to have endless fun throughout Kentucky, your options are plentiful. There’s still plenty of warm weather left in summer, so it’s time to check out the endless opportunities for family entertainment and fun that exist throughout Kentucky. Just check out the following video about the Mohammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky:

Every region in the state presents opportunities throughout the year. Use our map and have a look around the state for enjoyable and uniquely Kentucky travel ideas … right in your own backyard!

Various Activities Across Kentucky include:

Located in the heart of downtown Louisville Ky, the Muhammad Ali Center is both an international education center and a cultural attraction where the inspiration of its founder Muhammad Ali and his ideals are everywhere. The Center’s 2 1/2 levels of innovative exhibits, public and educational programs, and Ali’s global initiatives carry on the legend of Muhammad Ali and continue to inspire the exploration of greatness that’s within ourselves.

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English exploration and colonization of the United States started here more than four hundred years ago. In 1587, a party of colonists arrived who were destined to become Sir Walter Raleigh’s “lost colony” on Roanoke Island. It was not until 1663 that serious efforts were once again made to settle this region. In that year, Charles II granted a royal charter for land in North America to eight influential supporters and appointed them the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1664, Albemarle County was created and within a few years, it had been split into four large, regional precincts: Chowan, Currituck, Perquimans, and Pasquotank. The majority of early eighteenth-century settlers were English and came from neighboring Virginia. They usually came across overland trails and inland waterways rather than via the perilous coastal waters. North Carolina grew to become a royal colony in 1729.

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The Legacy of Dora Ann

In 1843, on March 28, James A. Drawdy and Dora Ann Fletcher were married in Georgia’s Irwin County. Unfortunately, James died at the age of only 26 in 1848. Dora Ann then married William Jackson Drawdy, James’ first cousin, on September 13, 1849, also in Irwin County. It is possible that Dora Ann called William Drawdy by the name “Jim” which may explain some confusion in some accounts that Dora ASnn had moved to Florida to marry James Drawdy.

Dora Ann and William were living a frontier life in their new state. In 1845, Florida had joined the Union. At that time, the peninsular portions of Florida were consisting of only unexplored wilderness. Only rough trails that were made by soldiers that fought the Seminoles were not part of the wilderness. There are no written records of this horse-drawn trek through north Florida and Georgia nor of the couple’s plunge into the unknown and unsurveyed. In her later years, though, Dora Ann was telling the stories to her children and grandchildren.Continue Reading

Americans like to visit scenic areas and historic sites – but where can they go to do both at the same time?

Imagine taking your next vacation where the Sundance Kid once held up the local bank, where dozens of wineries and luxurious spas vie for your attention, or where four world-class museums are within walking distance. Or you could be at the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, on a baseball field where Babe Ruth once played, or on the rocky, windswept California coast.

The National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations answers that question. The National Trust chooses 12 communities from all across America that offer our citizens enjoyable historic, natural, aesthetic, cultural, and recreational experiences.

Each location demonstrates a commitment to historic preservation and has an interesting architecture, a dynamic downtown, cultural diversity, walking access for visitors and residents, and a locally owned small business economic base.

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