Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries,
ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying
to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.
Here are a few queries from November
I have Luffa (Vining Okra) seeds that I would be happy to share
with Kentucky Explorer readers.
Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
1006 Cedarlake Court
Kernersville, NC 27284
Lady Pen Pal
From Southeast Kentucky
For years I've made friends around the world via pen paling.
I'd love a lady pal living in remote southeast Kentucky mountains.
This person rises each day to see the beauty of the mountains
and observes wildlife in its natural habitat. This person clings
to the old ways, the simple life, perhaps out of necessity or
perhaps because they prefer it. Surely there is someone who would
like to correspond with me to share her everyday happenings and
to describe the beauty around her.
I grew up in Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky. Life was so
simple then. We were free to enjoy our childhood while playing
along the creeks and running the meadows and observing nature
at its best. The mountains were ever in our view. I miss it all.
Perhaps someone can revive my memories by reminding me that there
are still places of beauty and peace in the mountains.
Thanks to The Kentucky Explorer for the work done each month
to promote our beautiful home state. The magazine brings us all
"back home" for awhile each month.
4519 Taft Court
Bryan, TX 77802
I'm looking for quilt patterns that were used during the underground
I would like the patterns and their meaning, for I have not been
able to find a book or much else on the subject.
I live in Robertson County, Kentucky, just a few miles from the
Ohio River, where the slaves crossed to Ripley, and the John
Rankin house which was a safe house until slaves could travel
farther north to freedom.
I would appreciate any information.
Dixie Courtney Scott
1158 Alhambra Road
Mayslick, KY 41055
I would like to acquire a book about the swinging bridges in
Breathitt County, Kentucky. I once had a good book written about
Caney Creek and Lost Creek. I loaned it and never got it back.
Also, I want a copy of the book about Josep "Rail Jake"
Any help would be appreciated.
Lucy Neace Begley
14 Conquistador Street
Leesburg, FL 34748