By: Robin Cooper Kentucky
State Motto: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” State Nickname: “The Bluegrass State” State Motto and Nickname
State Song “My Old Kentucky Home” "My Old Kentucky Home" (originally titled "Poor Uncle Tom, Good Night!", and sometimes also titled "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!") is the state song of Kentucky. It was published by Stephen Foster in 1853 and was adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly as the official state song on March 19, 1928. Lyrics: The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home'Tis summer, the people are gay;The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,While the birds make music all the day; The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,All merry, all happy, and bright,By'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,Then my old Kentucky home, good night! (Chorus)Weep no more, my lady,Oh weep no more today!We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,For the old Kentucky home far away. They hunt no more for the 'possum and the coon,On meadow, the hill and the shore,They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,On the bench by that old cabin door; The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,With sorrow where all was delight;The time has come when the people have to part,Then my old Kentucky home, good night! Chorus The head must bow and the back will have to bend,Wherever the people may go;A few more days and the trouble all will endIn the field where sugar-canes may grow; A few more days for to tote the weary load,No matter, 'twill never be light,A few more days till we totter on the road,Then my old Kentucky home, good night! Chorus State song
Built at the location of Lincoln's birth the solid marble, neoclassical monument houses the symbolic cabin of Lincoln's birth.
Although Daniel Boone is often remembered as Kentucky's most famous pioneer, Dr. Thomas Walker was actually the first frontiersman in Kentucky, preceding Boone by 17 years. A physician and surveyor, Walker led the first expedition through Cumberland Gap in 1750. Dr. Walker was an agent for the Loyal Land Company of Virginia and was exploring the western wilderness seeking land for settlement. Near the river, which he named the Cumberland; Dr. Walker built the first cabin in Kentucky, a replica of which stands on the site today. Dr. Walker’s journal, recorded during his four-month exploration, described plentiful wildlife, thickly tangled woods and rugged terrain.
Since there’s a marina right on site, all you need for a long day on Kentucky Lake is right at your fingertips. Bring your boat and dock it steps away from your accommodations. Or rent one for the ultimate sun-drenched day on the lake – don’t forget the sunscreen! Sail over the Kentucky Dam Village for dining and incredible views. This Kentucky family resort puts you in the heart of the action of the lakes!
The Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the head of the executive branch of government in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Fifty-six men and one woman have held the office of governor of Kentucky. The governor's term is four years in length, and since 1992, incumbents have been able to seek re-election once before becoming ineligible for four years. Over the state's history, four men have served two non-consecutive terms as governor, and two others have served two consecutive terms. Kentucky is one of only three U.S. states that hold gubernatorial elections in odd-numbered years. The current governor is Steve Beshear. His term is set to expire in 2011, and he is seeking re-election.
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