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James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...

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Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...

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Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...

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Tour Guide

    Big Blue Pedaler

  • 266 Jefferson St
  • Lexington, KY 40508
  • (859) 469-6929 
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  • Contact: Lloyd Woods
  • This 14 passenger party bike can be chartered for special bookings such as sporting events, wedding events,bar hops, corporate outings or promotional rides. Participants can help power the bike, but it does have a motor as well.

    Blue Grass Tours & Charter

  • 817 Enterprise Dr.
  • Lexington, KY 40510
  • (859) 252-5744 
  • Fax: (859) 255-4748
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  • Contact: Pam Upton
  • Charter Service (motor coaches, minibuses, vans). Meeting and convention planning. Step-on guides. Limousine service, spouse tours, customized local tours and much more!

    Central Kentucky Tours

  • 200 Sexton Road
  • Harrodsburg, KY 40330
  • (859) 492-3413 
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  • Contact: Bruce Ashford
  • From horse farms, to bourbon, to wineries, to historic sites, let Central Kentucky Tours show you around the Bluegrass Region. Based in Harrodsburg, the company does pickups at The Campbell House and Marriott Griffingate in Lexington, as well as Shaker Village, the Beaumont Inn and Bright Leaf Golf Course in Harrodsburg.

    D W Guided Tours

  • 3580 Leestown Road
  • Lexington, KY 40511
  • (859) 361-4390 
  • Contact: David Wilson
  • Narrated tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays. The van drives through two famous farms and other points of equine, historic and cultural interest and includes downtown. Tour lasts three hours. Pick ups at local hotels.

    Destination Bluegrass, INC

  • 1481 Leestown Road
  • Lexington, KY 40511
  • (859) 264-7822 
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  • Contact: Karla Stahlman
  • From the starting gate to the finish line, this destination management company strives to provide a unique Lexington experience. Spouse programs, tours, registration services, meet and greets, incentive trips, special event functions.

    Historic Downtown Walking Tours

  • 220 Market Street
  • Lexington, KY 40507
  • (859) 321-5897 
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  • Contact: Carolyn Hackworth
  • Learn about the history of downtown Lexington as reflected in its historic homes, churches and commercial buildings. See Henry Clay's law office, Christ Church Cathedral, Transylvania University, the pre-civil war homes of Gratz Park, and more. Regular tours offered on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, as well as custom group and private tours by appointment.

    Horse and Barrel Tours

  • 3368 Montavesta Road
  • Lexington, KY 40502
  • (859) 797-3605 
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  • Contact: Abe Owen

    Horse Country, INC

  • 250 West Main Street
  • Lexington, KY 40507
  • (859) 963-1004, (888) 414-7087
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  • Horse Country, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides a central booking outlet for member farms and medical equine clinics. The organization strives to connect visitors with the story of the horses, the land and the people of the Bluegrass Region at more than 20 locations across the Bluegrass. Visit the website to purchase a ticket for a tour.

    Horse Farm Tours, Inc.

  • 3429 Montavesta Road
  • Lexington, KY 40502
  • (859) 268-2906, (800) 976-1034
  • Fax: (859) 266-8603
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  • Contact: Margaret Woods
  • Owned and operated by a native Lexingtonian. Each tour visits two or three horse farms and Keeneland Race Course, plus a drive-by Calumet Farm. Two tours daily, seven days a week, at 8:45 am and 12:45 pm. Lasts about 3 hours. Air-conditioned 15 passenger vans.

    Horses of Kentucky

  • PO Box 21772
  • Lexington, KY 40522
  • (859) 277-4625 
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  • Contact: Lois Hill
  • Private guide. Step on guide for groups.

    Karen Edelstein

  • 1824 Fielden Drive
  • Lexington, KY 40502
  • (859) 266-5465 
  • Fax: (859) 231-7616
  • Contact: Karen Edelstein
  • Private tour guide.

    Kentucky Horse Tours

  • P.O. Box 745
  • Versailles, KY 40383
  • (859) 312-1124 
  • Fax: (859) 873-1124
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  • Contact: Mary Ann Squires
  • Rare opportunity to get inside the Thoroughbred industry. More than twenty years experience providing a 1 to 3.5 hour tours of Thoroughbred farms and Keeneland Race Course. Custom private and group tours.

    Kentucky Living History Tours

  • 2580 Waterwild Lane
  • Lexington, KY 40511
  • (859) 321-2466 
  • Contact: Jamie Millard
  • Former Lexington History Museum president offers private afternoon tours in your vehicle. He'll cover the unusual, the unique, and even the extreme. See stations (forts), first houses, original neighborhoods, slave auction sites, burial grounds, bawdy houses and speakeasies and more, including the backstory to Gone with the Wind.

    Kentucky River Cruises

  • 800 Louisville Road
  • Frankfort, KY 40601
  • (502) 696-0607 
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  • April through October. One hour narrated cruises on a 12 person 24-foot pontoon boat. Free. Reservations required. Departs from River View Park and cruises to Lock 4 before turning around and heading to Capital View Park.

    Lane Tours

  • 418 Linden Lane
  • Nicholasville, KY 40356
  • (859) 806-2107 
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  • Contact: Brenda Lane-McCulley
  • Whether you are traveling solo or bringing a group, Lane Tours can make all your arrangements to ensure a memorable visit to Lexington and the Bluegrass Region.

    Lexington History Walks

  • 2650 Bowman Mill Road
  • Lexington, KY 40513
  • (859) 321-4728 
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  • Contact: Jonathan Coleman
  • Two Saturday tours offered. The Grand Tour at 6 pm (family-friendly) and the Spirits!Scandals!Sordid Secrets! tour at 8 pm. Both are about 1.3 miles of easy walking. No reservations necessary. Dr. Coleman is also available for special guided walks for groups.

    Lexington In Touch, Inc.

  • P.O. Box 910746
  • Lexington, KY 40591
  • (859) 224-4226 
  • Fax: (859) 223-7618
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  • Contact: Linda Wharton
  • Meeting planning assistance and ideas. Provides customized tours, transportation and events to client specification. Unique itineraries available for individuals or groups. Step on guides.

    Lexington Livery Company

  • 171 Saunier Avenue
  • Lexington, KY 40507
  • (859) 259-0000 
  • Fax: (859) 299-7428
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  • Contact: Danny Raley
  • Evening tours by horse-drawn carriage depart from the corner of Main and Broadway or Short and Broadway, (both locations) weather permitting. Reservations recommended.

    Lexington Private Tours

  • 309 Twin Spires Trail
  • Lexington, KY 40514
  • (859) 278-9488 
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  • Contact: John Midbo
  • Private guide with more than 25 years of experience in planning and guiding tours ranging in size from a carload to multiple busloads.

    Lexington Thirsty Pedaler

  • 148 Jefferson Street
  • Lexington, KY 40508
  • (859) 619-4161 
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  • Charter this 15 passenger "bike" for a unique bar hopping experience of downtown Lexington. Plan an unforgettable outing for your next corporate event, or book the bike for a bachelor or bachelorette party. You'll spend about half your time helping power the bike, and about half your time enjoying the ambiance of some of Lexington's hottest bars. There's an "electric assist" if you need it!

    Lexington Walking Tours

  • 217 Barberry Lane
  • Lexington, KY 40503
  • (859) 825-8702 
  • Contact: Kevin Steele
  • Entertaining walking tours of downtown Lexington, including the seasonal "Creepy Crawl".

    Mint Julep Tours

  • The Galt House
  • 140 North 4th Street
  • Louisville, KY 40202
  • (502) 583-1433 
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  • Contact: Ashley Casebier
  • Customized tours of bourbon and horse country. Quality tours packed with interesting history and fun facts tailor made for your group.

    Old Lexington Tour Company

  • 3376 Blackford Parkway
  • Lexington, KY 40509
  • (859) 806-5001 
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  • Contact: Tim Fisher
  • Old Lexington Tour Company provides entertaining experiences of downtown Lexington. Choose from themed packages for families, couples or corporate functions. Romantic Date Night walking tours, a Bourbon and Cigar walk and general history tours are just a few of your options. All tours are easy and relaxing and last between 60 and 90 minutes.

    Rackhouse Events

  • 829 National Avenue
  • Lexington, KY 40502
  • (859) 619-1841 
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  • Contact: Rayna Wallen
  • The event company for Bourbon enthusiasts, Rackhouse Events is a full service event production firm and destination management company that also offers tours guides. Creating one-of-a kind experiences that reflect your mission and brand. Stylish, sophisticated and Southern always go together, and Bourbon is always better in the Bluegrass!

    Scott Goodlett Events

  • 145 Inverness Drive
  • Georgetown, KY 40324
  • (800) 450-6444, (800) 450-6444
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  • Contact: Scott Goodlett
  • Dynamic corporate event planning for companies of all sizes. Exclusive "behind the scenes" tours of the Thoroughbred, bourbon and auto industries. Creative team building exercises, catering, venues for any event style, entertainment and transportation options and access to all audio/visual needs.

    Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours

  • 1900 Clays Mill Road
  • Lexington, KY 40503
  • (859) 260-8687, (800) 808-9533
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  • Contact: Larry Miano
  • Daily van tours are offered at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and depart from several easily accessible hotels. This three-plus hour tour includes a drive by Calumet, a tour of Keeneland Race Track, points of interest from the movies Seabiscuit, Dreamer and Secretariat, and an up close personal encounter with Thoroughbreds.

    UnBridled Horse Tours

  • PO Box 614
  • Midway, KY 40437
  • (859) 806-9688, (859) 333-8940
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  • Private, personalized tours. Visit breeding farms, stud farms, training facilities, and historic sites. Meet living equine legends and the people behind their success.

    Unique Horse Farm Tours

  • 1579 Astaire Drive
  • Lexington, KY 40511
  • (859) 213-6653 
  • Contact: Shaun Washington
  • Hear behind-the scenes stories about the individuals and horses that make Lexington the Horse Capital of the World. Regular tours depart from the Embassy Suites. Other pick up points can be arranged in advance.

    Your "neigh"-borhood Horse Farm Tours

  • 1511 Versailles Road
  • Apt 516
  • Lexington, KY 40504
  • (859) 227-7159 
  • Contact: Bill Shaw
  • Same day tours visiting some of the world's most famous farms. "Driving only" escorted tours also available. Step-on guide services.