The Mayfield-Graves County Tourism Commission has announced the addition of four local tourism sites to Kentucky’s Western Waterlands Interstate 69 Road Trips, found on the Kentucky Tourism website at www.kentuckytourism.com.
The Kentucky Tourism website says the I-69 Trail, “…cuts a scenic path across beautiful Western Kentucky and highlights some of the best art, history and recreation the Bluegrass State has to offer.”
To be included on the Trail list, sites need to be available for view year-round and easily accessible by an I-69 exit.
In a press release, Mayfield-Graves County Tourism Commission Chair Jodie Hansen said, “We knew with the state’s description of the I-69 Road Trip that Cartwright Grove, the Ice House Gallery, the Fancy Farm Vineyard and Winery, and the Wooldridge Monuments all had to be included.”
Jennifer Beck Walker, Mayfield-Graves County Tourism Executive Director, added, “Once I-69 was badged through to Mayfield, we had the opportunity to add some of our tourism sites to the I-69 Trail, and the state was eager to work with us to include these additions.”
Cartwright Grove, located at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds, is based on the Cartwright Farm, a family farm that was decorated with an 1800s theme during the Christmas season and hosted numerous community events.
The Ice House Gallery is a community arts center that features various artists’ work in a variety of mediums, including gourds that serves as the basis for the annual Gourd Patch Festival in the fall. The gallery also holds several artistic classes for the public. The Ice House also serves as the home for the Mayfield Graves County Tourism Commission and Barton-Davis Museum.
Located in the small Graves County community of the same name that’s known for barbecue and politics, the Fancy Farm Vineyard and Winery sits among six acres with different varieties of European grapes to create Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Malbec, Chardonnay, Viognier and Riesling wines.
The Wooldridge Monuments are a collection of 18 life-sized statues of humans and animals, including a horse and two dogs, commissioned by the late Henry Wooldridge and situated into his 17 foot-by-33 foot plot in Maplewood Cemetery in Mayfield. The statues, also known as “the strange procession, which never moves,” features two of Wooldridge, who died in 1899. The display made international renown when it was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.”
The Mayfield-Graves County (MGC) Tourism Commission was established pursuant to KRS 91A and includes representatives of local government, the hospitality industry, and other interested community partners. The purpose of the MGC Tourism Commission is to promote tourism in the City of Mayfield and Graves County that will contribute to growth and development of the community; tourism activities are funded by transient room taxes.