Visit Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, which is the main attraction of Southwest Louisville, Kentucky, an important
historic site on the Ohio River and see the marvelous view of the area.
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Chaz Rough: Welcome everyone to this edition of lookin"@Louisville. I am Chaz.
Stacey Yates: H! I am Stacey.
Chaz Rough: We are here in the Southwest part of Louisville which is where I grew up, my old stumping ground and in fact, we have a restaurant that people love, called Mike Linning, which is a escape, and not only in south end, but in north.
Stacey Yates: That's right, in fact, I didn't grow up in this area but my grandparents did, and I remember coming here as a little girl and probably swinging on similar slings and picking out the Ohio River. It's a great spot.
Chaz Rough: It's a great place to bring your family, the prices are great, the food is great, the ambience is wonderful.
Stacey Yates: It is amazing, I mean really. Yeah.
Chaz Rough: Just talk about that. What did you get?
Stacey Yates: Oh! Well I have the broil fish and green beans.
Chaz Rough: That was a lot.
Stacey Yates: Yeah, it was. You ate some and some sliced tomatoes, still summer. Mark had the fried fish sandwich, which you know, I tasted. You have got to have that out here and you had.
Chaz Rough: A grilled sword fish and I had a salad and we hit a big amount of onion rings and hush puppies.
Stacey Yates: I also had a hand grilled oyster. I might have to walk all the way back down the Levee back to town just to burn up those calories.
Chaz Rough: So speaking of that, right over shoulder here we are definitely going to get a little walk in here.
Stacey Yates: We are.
Chaz Rough: What exactly is that over my shoulder?
Stacey Yates: Oh! This is the Levee, there is a trail, there is also a part of the bike path that's going to be the Louisville loop when it's completed and actually this portion is 25 miles back towards downtown Louisville and end up with Waterfront Park.
Chaz Rough: Mark did that.
Stacey Yates: It's 25 miles out, 25 miles back, great sort of like playing golf at the turn. You know, you stop here for hot dog; you stop here for fish sandwich, at Mike Linings. We are right here on the Ohio River, I took a little walk earlier. I may take you down there. It's a gorgeous vantage point, it really is. It's just completely unspoiled, harkens back to the days when Mike Lining first opened, is that this was a working family farm, it was a fruit stand and you really feel like you are back in time.
Chaz Rough: It opened up in 1925.
Stacey Yates: That's right.
Chaz Rough: Well, now outside of the great food and the Levee and the trail and the bike riding. What else are we going to do in the south end?
Stacey Yates: We are going to check out the riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing a very similar setting, similar vista of the Ohio River. It's a historic home on 300 acres of farmland and we'll learn more about it when we go and visit.
Chaz Rough: Let's go check it out.
Stacey Yates: Alright.
Chaz Rough: Now, tell me a little bit of the story about this, because I know that it was a super highway back then, in the 1830s and 1840 when this was built. That was a super highway on Oho River.
Patti Linn: Absolutely.
Chaz Rough: So, let's talk a little bit about the house and what that meant to have a house on the river.
Patti Linn: Well this, the Farnsley-Moremen House states to about 1037 and this was the center of a large plantation with an active river boat landing, and they made a very successful living by trading goods to passing river boats. As you should said, that was the highway to the world. The first floor tells the story of Gabriel Farnsley, the builder and his life here, and it's the 1830s and 1840s downstairs. When you go upstairs, you travel to the 1880s when the Moremen family, the second major almost lived here. So, it's interesting to compare and contrast their lives here, but what remains constant is an important relationship with the river.
Chaz Rough: We left the main house and now we are in what they call the kitchen.
Patti Linn: Right, this is the detached kitchen.
Chaz Rough: Detached kitchen, so you actually have to leave the house. So if it's barely hot or freezing cold, they would have to come out and make their food. Here now, this is the reproduction of what it was, correct.
Patti Linn: Right, this is based on archeological investigation. We worked here three years with professional archeologist discovered the kitchen location where a lots about the artifacts that were still here and we are able to reproduce what we thing is a really accurate copy of the original kitchen.
Chaz Rough: Now, on the kitchen floor they have an area that you can actually lift up to go to a pit-seller, and this is what. Oh, my God that's heavy. This is what you'd actually call back then something that will keep the food fresh. I guess, you could say like a version of a refrigerator, some sorts to keep the food edible and usable. I'll tell you what; it's got to be safe as well because this door is extremely heavy.
Stacey Yates: George Washington's home now at Mount Vernon, and it is just laid out so similar, that's very stately overlooking like the River Vista and the detached kitchen. It just sits, it's almost like this is Louisville's miniature Mount Vernon.
Chaz Rough: It truly is. We were just talking about how peaceful and quiet this really was. I can imagine like in 1800 relaxing in a peaceful world.
Stacey Yates: Can you just imagine watching and this was like I think this was like I-65. This was the main transportation corridor, so I can picture sitting in a rocking chair with my Madulet maybe, fulltime, and just watching the world go by. Literally, this was there.
Chaz Rough: Then someone would come by and say, I got some merchandise for you or some stuff. Do you want to trade? So you're now trading goods.
Stacey Yates: Sure, you want to spend the night?
Chaz Rough: Yeah.
Stacey Yates: Really cool.
Chaz Rough: Not only is this attraction available for everyone to see here the southwest part of Louisville, but there many more attractions. In fact, you can get a brochure with twenty attractions in the south end.
Stacey Yates: You can go the website where you can get that right now at few, worth mentioning the Little Loom House which is a great little jewel at southwest Louisville with probably the textile and weavings and it was the first place that the happy birthday song was born.
Chaz Rough: Was born.
Stacey Yates: Then, this fall, I am going to take the kids for sure out to Jefferson Memorial Forest. It is the largest municipal urban forest in America.
Chaz Rough: Really?
Stacey Yates: Right here in our city, out in southwest Louisville as well.
Chaz Rough: Of course, we have here the Waverly Hills Sanatorium which has become a huge attraction of many we have yet to be there.
Stacey Yates: We still need to go. We still need to do that podcast. Maybe we will look to do that this fall.
Chaz Rough: Every time I turn the TV, there are celebrity shows going out there, or something, so we definitely need to hit on.
Stacey Yates: I think definitely for visitors this part of town is often overlooked. It's a little bit of a drive, but it's also a great a bike ride, as we've learned from Mark who is staying in the downtown area and can ride a bike if you own a bike. It's 25 miles out. Stop at Mike Linings for fish and some drinks and I've take in the Farnsley-Moremen House.
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Stacey Yates: That's right.
Chaz Rough: So, as always
Stacey Yates: You are lookin"@Louisville.
Chaz Rough: See, you real soon. Well, Stacey it doesn't get any better than ending to and being able to sit back on rocking chairs with the Ohio River going behind us, quietly.
Stacey Yates: It does get better; we haven't met Juliet (ph), right.
Chaz Rough: Yeah, that's true. Several, after that we could take the bottle that was inside there.