Louisville Magazine

JUN 2019

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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1 Surrounded by horse farms, stone walls, waterfalls, vineyards, and centuries-old traces of Native American mound builders, Midway is a small historical town located in central Kentucky. Incorporated in 1848, it's known as the first town in America to be completely developed by a railroad company. 2 Midway is located just o Interstate 64 and is midway between Lexington and Frankfort (Kentucky's state capital) and Georgetown and Versailles. 3 All but two of the town's original streets were named after executives of the Lexington and Ohio Railroad Co. the founding company. Some 176 buildings in Midway are registered on the National Register of Historic Places. 4 Visitors to Midway may first notice the majestic trees that line many of the town's streets. The downtown business area includes a line of shops along both sides of the railroad tracks that divide Main Street. Each shop is a virtual museum, with buildings dating back to the 1900s, some with cast-iron facades. These shops sell everything from antiques to men's and women's clothes to art and ice cream. 5 In the mood for dining? Midway's seven restaurants o er an array of dining experiences. With choices ranging from fine dining to home cooking, the dining options are sure to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. The Midway Bakery o ers fresh pastries, bread, scones and a variety of other baked goods. 6 Midway University has been part of Midway history for more than 170 years. Incorporated as Kentucky Female Orphan School in 1849, the school opened its doors with one teacher and 16 female students. Later, it was the sole women's college in Kentucky until 2016. Over the years the institution has served as an elementary school, high school and junior college. Today, Midway University is a co-educational institution with more than 1,500 students. 7 Walter Bradley Park is a 28- acre urban escape that is easily accessible from downtown. Visitors to the park can enjoy the four miles of woodland walking trails, picnic pavilions, open picnic areas, and unleash their dogs at the park's fenced-in dog park. Leashed dogs are allowed to walk the trails and splash in the creek. 8 The Midway area has a long history of well-known horse farms and horses. Thoroughbreds such as Kentucky Derby winners War Emblem and Monarchos, along with several Kentucky Oaks winners and other noted horses, were bred in this area. Three Bars, foundation sire for the Quarter Horse industry, was from a Midway farm. During the Civil War, the Confederate states conscripted hundreds of horses from this area to use as calvary mounts. 9 Midway is the home of former Kentucky Governor Brereton Chandler Jones. Other notable residents have included Woody Stevens, Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer, and David Lee Whitney, 2010 inductee to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize playwright, Academy Award nominee actor, author, screenwriter, and director made his home in Midway before his death in 2017. Midway is also the birthplace of Zeralda James, mother of Frank and Jesse James. 10 To visit Midway is an experience that leaves visitors wanting to return and bring friends. Downtown Midway is like stepping back in time to enjoy the best of small town life. Even your dogs are made to feel special. SPEICAL ADVERTISING SECTION Midway Things to Know About Your Town 10

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