Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Old Washington Kentucky

Our route north was designed to keep us off interstates, on scenic highways and in the direction of our next stop in Dayton Ohio.

We like to travel around 200 miles a day.

To keep our average camping costs down we sometimes stay in Walmart parking lots where it’s allowed and with the permission of the manager of the store.

All these lined up for an overnight stop in Maysville KY which is on the Ohio River east of Cincinnati.

After setting up we went looking for somewhere to eat. We’d seen the signs for the “Antique District” and thought there might be somewhere neat there. 

We didn’t find a restaurant but we did find Old Washington KY.

The next morning we took some mail to the Post Office there and explored this fascinating little place.

The Old Washington Post Office

Some interesting facts? The northernmost skirmish of the civil war was here when Morgans Raiders were attacked by Union Cavalry.

Harriet Beecher Stowe witnessed a slave auction here while visiting the village. She later wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” based partially on what she witnessed here.

The first Postal Facility West of the Allegany’s was here.

The first houses built here used the timbers from flat boats that brought the settlers here along the Ohio River. At the time this was the "Wild West" the furthest anyone had explored.

A terrific little find only made possible by throwing away the planned itinerary and playing it by ear!

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