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Ten treasures of eastern Kentucky
If you go to Mill Springs battlefield, you may want to visit these other interesting sites, tooBy Eve Carr

Date published: 7/15/2006

By Eve Carr

W HETHER YOU'RE you're inter- ested in history, local culture, world-class music, a variety of lively outdoor recreational opportunities or just good food, nearby eastern Kentucky has a lot to offer. Here are some of my favorites:

Berea, Ky., is the official crafts capital of Kentucky. Whether you purchase high-end artwork at individual shops, the historic Berea College or the new state-of-the-art Kentucky Artisan Center, you will come away with quality merchandise produced by true artisans.

But Berea offers much more. Here you can be a vital part of an ongoing tradition if you stay at historic Boone Tavern Inn, operated by the students of Berea College, dedicated to the equal education of all, including women and blacks, since 1855. Today, Berea College carries on the tradition, offering a free education to needy and deserving people from around the world. For visitors, it's a chance to step into another world and see that such a utopian society can really exist (800/598-5263; berea.com).

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. A surprising number of musicians hail from Kentucky. While many are bluegrass and country celebrities, other musical heavyweights include Rosemary Clooney and Lionel Hampton. With inductees' memorabilia, lively interactive displays, induction ceremonies and other musical events, it keeps Kentucky's rich musical tradition alive (Renfro Valley, less than one mile off Interstate 75 at Exit 62, 40 miles south of Lexington; 877/356-3263; KyMusicHallofFame.com).

The Marble Super Dome. This is actually a quaint shack where grown men not only play marbles, but are extremely serious about them; they even make their own flint shooters. After 4 p.m (after all, there's work to be done), it's fun to watch these international champions hunker down in the dirt and play a unique game called Rolley Hole. Who says you can't be a kid again? (Highway Armory Road, Tompkinsville; 270/487-1314; monroe county.virtual ave.net).


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