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Featured Events

Aug28

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Five days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep8

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

The September Sale is globally acknowledged as the Thoroughbred yearling auction, and... more
Sep10

Jefferson Street Soiree

The restaurants and bars along Jefferson will offer food and beverage tastings, and live... more
Sep13

Crave Lexington

Unique among music festivals, the Crave Lexington food + music makers’ festival... more
Sep26

Anderson County Burgoo Festival

Lots of burgoo, music, entertainment and vendors of all kinds.    Held in... more
Oct2

34th Annual Festival of the Horse

Exhibits, concessions, parades, carnival, arts and crafts and 5K run. ... more
Oct3

Keeneland Fall Race Meet

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct4

Perryville Battlefield Commemoration

Battle re-enactments, living history, parade, food and crafts.... more
Oct10

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more
Oct11

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair

The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen’s Fall Fair is an event you cannot... more
Oct11

Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

Featuring Celebrity Chef Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.  Now in its sixth year,... more
Oct24

Haunted Train Ride

Haunted Halloween Train Ride!  Enjoy an 11 mile, 90 minute round trip train... more
Oct28

Alltech National Horse Show

The National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established... more
Oct29

The Kentucky Experience

A partnership of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Phelps Media Group, Rood... more

Farm to Table

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

"Farm to Table" is a hot food trend around the US and it is a movement I can fully get behind. The trend is focused around knowing that your food is fresh and not processed from a facility 900+ mils ...

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Dogs and Horses and Polo

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Dogs and horses have a long shared history on farms. Visitors to Bluegrass horse farms can usually count on seeing some dogs (as well as some cats in the barns who keep mice away ...

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The Kentucky Hot Brown

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Here in the Bluegrass we are known for a few things...The Kentucky Wildcats (#BBN), Bourbon, Horse Racing, Beer Cheese, and one of my personal favorites...The Kentucky Hot Brown!I always take for ...

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Ponies!

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The photo is of a Fell Pony, a rare equine breed. Not too long ago there were only about 20 Fell Ponies in the U.S.

Thanks to the efforts of Victoria Tollman, the Director of the Equine ...

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Isaac Murphy

6. Isaac Murphy
(1861-1896)

Born on a horse farm in Lexington, Isaac (Burns) Murphy is well known in the history of Thoroughbred racing.  A leading jockey of his time, Murphy's family once lived in downtown Lexington on "Jordan's Row," which "faced the public square." (In 1805, Henry Clay's law office was also located on "Jordan's Row," the present day 110-112 North Upper.)  Later, Murphy lived on Megowan Street near the Thoroughbred Park.  In 1884, 1890 and 1891, he won the Kentucky Derby.  Murphy is buried in the Kentucky Horse Park cemetery on Iron Works Pike where his remains were moved in 1977.

IsaacMurphy
Photo courtesy of Kentucky State
University Special Collections & Archives

Click on each number to learn more about these 10 sites.

1. Main Street Baptist Church, 582 West Main Street
2. "Forgotten Pioneers," A doctor's office that was located at 118 North Broadway
3. Cheapside
4. Historic Pleasant Green, 540 West Maxwell Street
5. Baptism scene, between Bolivar and Scott Streets
6. Home of Isaac Murphy, Eastern Street
7. St. Paul AME Church, 251-253 North Upper Street
8. Old First Baptist site, corner of Short and DeWeese
9. Polk-Dalton Infirmary, 148 DeWeese
10. East Second Street Christian Church, 146 Constitution Street

Click on each number to learn more about these 10 sites.

Click here to the print the African American Heritage Trail in pdf format. (4 pages)

Doris Wilkinson, Retired
Department of Sociology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027

Click here for selected references on Lexington's African American Heritage.