BLUES TO BLUEGRASS SCENIC BYWAY - DAVIESS COUNTY

Continuing east on Hwy 60, the traveler will pass by St. Peters Catholic Church. 

Just a few miles down the road is the Dream Riders of Kentucky, a facility offering therapeutic horseback riding programs for individuals with disabilities.

One then passes Ben Hawes City Park (see photo on right), a city park offering 300 acres including 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses, driving range, pro shop, mountain bike and walking trails, plus a large recreational park.

The City of Owensboro, also known as Kentucky's Festival City, offers three museums, many historic buildings, picturesque riverfront, and more.  Owensboro’s major festivals and events attract thousands of visitors from all over the United States and around the world to the city each year. 

Stroll down the Hometown Hero” Hall of Fame located within the Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau on Second Street and view the celebrities that have reached national or international acclaim in their field that are from Owensboro and the surrounding regions.  http://www.visitowensboro.com

Or if one visits from mid-April through mid-May, walk the picturesque and beautiful blooming tree-lined boulevards on Griffith Avenue and adjoining streets on the Dogwood & Azalea Trail.

Other sites to visit while in Owensboro include:

IBMM is the only international museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history, collections, and artifacts of bluegrass music - an exciting, original American art form with its gensis in Kentucky. The state-of-the-art cultural center, pays tribute to the bluegrass pioneers and other legends, enlightening its public and inspiring its future. IBMM is committed to being a Living Museum and serves as the base of operations for numerous arts projects augmenting the public's awareness, acceptance, and love for this original Kentucky art form. They provide an exciting hands-on museum experience complete with live music and clogging for larger tours. Visit exhibits showcasing photos from the earliest bluegrass music festivals of this nation and works of art inspired by the folklore traditions and beauty of our music. The museum offers many varied tours.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art presents traveling exhibitions from major museums, galleries and private collections and rotating exhibitions from the permanent collection. The facility includes two structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites; the 1909 Carnegie Library and the John Hampden Smith House, a pre-Civil War era mansion which serves as a decorative arts wing. The permanent collection features American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present; a stained glass gallery of late 19th and early 20th century German stained glass windows; a collection of contemporary studio art glass; a major collection of American Folk Art with emphasis on the works of 20th century Appalachian artists and craftsmen; and a collection of works by artists and craftsmen with Kentucky connections from the early 1800's to the present. The Museum Gift Shoppe offers works for sale by regional artists and craftsmen.

This large museum encompasses many adventures, including a unique hands-on exhibit area and displays depicting local history. You will also have the opportunity to learn about government in the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center or Owensboro's NASCAR connection with a cruise through our motorsports gallery, The SpeedZeum. New to the Museum is their Coal Mine Gallery, an exhibit based on the Rudy Mine that was in Bon Harbor in the 1930’s. Admission is $3 adults/children, $10 family, and special group rates are available.

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is a premier producer of live classical and pops music for the Western Kentucky region. According to the Kentucky Arts Council, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is among the top twenty Kentucky arts organizations. Under the leadership of Maestro Nicholas Palmer, Executive Director Bill Price, and an active and dedicated Board of Directors. the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra performs over 60 services annually, reaching an estimated audience of over 50,000 per year.

  • Owensboro’s Sassafras Tree
    corner of Frederica Street and Maple Avenue

The largest known Sassafras tree in the world approximately 300 years old, is located on one of the main streets of Owensboro. The tree measures over 100 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference. A few other sassafras trees are 60 feet or taller, but the average sassafras is 30 to 50 feet tall.

This family orchard offers opportunities to pick your own fruits, learn about farm life, enjoy seasonal activities, and even sample some of the homemade goodies at their store. Each fall, the Reid's Orchard Apple Festival is celebrated on the third weekend in October. New to the orchard in 2009 is ReidLand play area, which features the Apple Slider, a 14-foot-high platform with two 40-foot pope-enclosed slides, and Rat Racers, PVC pipes that children can get inside and race.

RiverPark Center, beautifully situated overlooking the Ohio River, is a bustling regional performing arts and civic center hosting nearly 200,000 visitors every year, including nearly 50,000 students from the Tri-State region. The hundreds of activities taking place at RiverPark include professional Broadway tour productions, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra concerts, free family movies on a gigantic outdoor screen, Friday After 5 music concerts all summer, Bluegrass festivals, hundreds of educational programs, and many festivals including Winter Wonderland, which offers a magical atmosphere for the holidays along the downtown riverfront with an outdoor ice rink, children's activities, and thousands of twinkling lights!

  • Shelton Memorial on Veterans Blvd
    Currently not in place

Downtown on the riverfront, this memorial is named for Colonel Charles Shelton, the last POW from the Vietnam War.  This monument recognizes and honors all POW/MIA’s and family members of all wars. 

Trunnell's Farm Market features Absolutely FreshProduce and Kentucky Proud productsall year-round! Come on out for Fall Family Fun every weekend in October, featuring hay rides, pumpkin & face painting, a straw maze, straw pyramid, corn pit, pumpkin maze, corn hole, pumpkin toss, and more. Trunnell's Farm Market is the flagship "Kentucky Proud" location in the region.

With seven established gardens - Butterfly, Rose, Daylily, Iris, Herb, Fruit & Berry, and the newest, the Takahashi Japanese Memorial Garden - the WKBG is becoming a center for the growth and display of hundreds of outstanding plant selections as well as a beautiful location for social gatherings. Appreciate the wonders of the environment and learn to interact with nature. Special seasonal activities are enjoyed each year. Meeting space and catering are available. Groups are welcome.

At this point, continue east on Hwy 60 which takes one through the Bill Monroe Bluegrass section of the trail through Hancock and Ohio Counties. Traveling along Hwy 60.

  • Scenic farmland
  • City of Maceo, Holy Spirit Church
Owensboro, county seat of Daviess County, is known for its barbecue restaurants, bluegrass heritage, sporting events, and hospitality. The

Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at 215 E. Second Street, will be happy to fill in visitors about what is happening in Owensboro. Their website, www.visitowensboro.com, has a full calendar of festivals and events, plus information about lodging, dining, shopping, and recreation.

Turn left on Hwy 60 Bypass then right onto Hwy 56 takes one past

  • Harvest Temple
  • Grove Pleasant Church
  • Through the town of Sorgho
  • Mount St. Joseph Academy near Maple Mount and Possum Trot Road before entering McLean County

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