ECLIPSEVILLE, KENTUCKY Were prepared for The Solar Eclipse
We featured in to the multiple media jiants all over the country. The verge, BBC, NewYorker and many more.
Where to Eat
8th Street Cafe
801 S. Main Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Amanda’s Cupcake Cafe
1010 S Main St Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2701 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Bar B Q Shack
4687 Pembroke Rd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Buffalo Wild Wings
2916 E Fort Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
4250 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240
707 S Virginia St, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1133 N Main St Hopkinsville, KY 42240
4570 Fort Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Davo’s Burgers & Fries
3115 Canton St Hopkinsville, KY 42240
East India Cafe, LLC
622 North Dr Hopkinsville, KY 42240
El Bracero Restaurant
200 Richard Mills Dr Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Ferrell’s Snappy Service
1001 S Main St Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2715 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240
3806 Lafayette Rd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2910 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
497 North Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2112 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
201 Clinic Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Jersey Mike’s Subs
2413 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Jersey Mike’s (Oak Grove)
16472 Ft Campbell Blvd Oak Grove, KY 42262
Joelles Bakery & CafÃ©
225 Burley Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Kobe Steak House
2620 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
4320 Fort Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Las Fuentes, LLC
3119B Canton Pike Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Little Caesars Pizza
2819 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
McDonald’s (North Dr)
502 North Dr Hopkinsville, KY 42240
209 Claire Ave Oak Grove, KY 42262
4223 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Osaka Japanese Restaurant
2602 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2415 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd Dawson Springs, KY 42408-9212
1100 South Main Street, Suite 1, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Roundies Rock LLC
115 E 1st St Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Senor Lopez Cantina & Steak House
232 Thompsonville Rd Oak Grove, KY 42262
Senor Lopez Grill & Cantina
125 Turtle Creek Dr Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2303 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
2525 Fort Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Taco Express Restaurante
1115 N Main St Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Tangy Roots Frozen Yogurt, LLC
2711 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
The Place Restaurant
104 E. 6th Street
100 Navaho Trail, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
420 E 9th Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1821 W 7th Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
4002 Ft Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville, KY 42240
The Total Solar Eclipse Comes to “Eclipseville,” Kentucky
Around ten o’clock yesterday morning, not long before the total solar eclipse began, a friend and I were driving down the empty two-lane roads of Christian County, Kentucky, past fields of forest-green soybean, dark tobacco, and gangly maize, past one-room Baptist churches and little tents under which bored National Guardsmen sat sipping red Gatorade. More than a hundred thousand people had descended on the city of Hopkinsville for the event, and we’d expected more traffic. By the time we got to Orchardale Shepherd Farms, our viewing destination, it was already nearly ninety degrees. Everyone seemed to be here: Governor Matt Bevin (his nine children were watching elsewhere);
Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton; two young journalists from London; a Japanese television crew; a trailer full of nasa scientists; the Voodoo Bone Lady, of New Orleans, and her two Mandarin rat snakes, Damballah and Allegua; an Australian radio host, who ended up speaking live for sixty-eight minutes straight; Carter Hendricks, the mayor of Hopkinsville; Steven Tribble, a county judge; the Kentucky State Police; and even the Christian County jailer. He had eight hundred and twenty prisoners back in downtown Hopkinsville. He said he wasn’t able to let them watch the eclipse—“Not enough room.”
As the appointed hour drew nearer, Bevin held a press conference. “It will be very fun in terms of just the fun factor,” he said. “Everyone likes the idea of the sun going dark in the middle of the day. I don’t care what your perspective.” The Voodoo Bone Lady (she doesn’t go by any other name) waited in her S.U.V. and fussed over her snakes. “They’re not feeling well,” she said, shaking her head, causing the tiger teeth on her dress to rattle. She planned to conduct a ceremony during totality that would harness the eclipse’s energy and use it to promote peace. Outside nasa’s R.V., a piece of moon rock, embedded in Plexiglas, was on display, and a straw-hatted engineer named Rick Burt was giving away protective eyewear. “We have seen counterfeit glasses,” he said. “I’m also trying to increase awareness by reminding people to live in the moment and watch totality.” Over by a hay barn, Officer Sean Wint surveyed the scene. “We actually probably overprepared,” he told me. “We have thirty extra state troopers in the area. There’s probably never been anything this size in rural Kentucky. Social media has brought an awful lot of people all together today.” He suddenly excused himself—Bevin was being whisked away by some large men in black eclipse T-shirts.
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People began putting on their eclipse glasses, waiting for the curved black edge of the moon to nibble into the orange disc of the sun. “Is it coming from the top or the bottom?” Elizabeth Marshall, a Kentucky native, shouted out, looking skyward. Someone else yelled, “From the top-right corner!” There were hoots and cheers. “Did you see what’s happening in the barn?” a thirty-one-year-old hot-sauce purveyor from Brooklyn asked anyone who would listen. “It’s making a pinhole-camera effect.” Sure enough, there were little Pac-Man shadows on the dirt next to the hay bales, where the sun was shining through tiny holes in the barn’s rusted corrugated roof. Kids hanging off the backs of A.T.V.s went whizzing by. A horse pulling a wagon galloped down the road. The wind picked up.
Things to Do and See in EclipseVille
507 S Main St / 270-887-4023/ www.pennyroyalarts.org
Audiences in the 780-seat proscenium theatre enjoy this renovated theatre with expansions, comfort, and restored molding that is patterned after the original 1928 styling. An annual Live at the Alhambra series offers a variety of shows and musical performances presented by the Pennyroyal Arts Council. The Alhambra now features showings of classic films.
Brushy Fork Creek Gallery & Studio
1550 Pleasant Green Hill, Crofton / 270-424-5988 or 888-424-5928
Brushy Fork Creek Studio & Gallery owners Paul and Patricia Ferrell, create and display their various works of art including woodturnings from hollow-form vessels, bowls, oil lamps, decorative wooden wine tops, and ikebanas made mostly from burlwood and spalted wood from Western Kentucky. They also produce a variety of unique functional stoneware pottery and a distinctive line of woodfired pots.
Casey Jones Distillery
Casey Jones Distillery
2813 Witty Lane/ 270-839-9987 / www.caseyjonesdistillery.com
Take a tour through the Golden Pond, Kentucky history. Were born in to this handcrafted spirit. We hope that youll take a tour, or take a sip, and join us in appreciating this legendary Kentucky moonshine. The copper still is the heart of Casey Jones Distillery, and the key to making our spirits so special. With the Casey Jones still, we capture the rich tradition of craft a process through and through proven to produce a superior product. In Golden Pond, Kentucky Casey Jones was a legend. In a time when it was a risk to be this kind of legend, Casey Jones built an estimated 150 stills from the 1930s to the late 1960s.
Christian Way Farm
Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf
19590 Linville Rd / 270-269-2434 / www.christianwayfarm.com
Christian Way Farm opened in 1998 to teach and provide a true farm experience. They offer outings that teach children about farming as it relates to their current curriculum requirements, and provide teachers with supplemental materials. Fall activities include a U pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, and hay rides. There is an 18 hole miniature golf course to test your skills and have fun for the whole family with an antique tractor theme.
Copper Canyon Ranch
14750 Ovil Rd / 270-269-2416 / www.coppercanyonkentucky.com
Call for appointment and rates.
The Copper Canyon Ranch LLC is located about 15 minutes North of Hopkinsville, in Christian County. Starting with prop style store fronts, Copper Canyon has worked its way into a fully built Western town complete with furniture, props, etc. Get married in the 1880s with an old Western style wedding. Have a company picnic away from the hustle of the big city. Bring the class out for a school field trip. Take your chances during Halloween as you enter the haunted Ghost Town. Or, just come on out, spend the day with us, and watch local actors perform a good old fashion gunfight.
8690 Shurdan Creek Rd / 270-885-4957
Copperhead Supercross LLC. would like to invite you out to some of the best ATV and motorcycle racing in the area. Established in the fall of 2010 we have become one of the premier racing facilities in the area with full concessions, restrooms, bleacher seating, and plenty of parking to offer. We are located just 7 miles from the city of Hopkinsville and no more than 10 miles from I-24 or the Pennyrile Parkway. The track itself was built with all riders skill levels in mind from beginners to the more experienced riders.
2600 Thomas St / 270-887-4290 / http://www.bluegrassdiscgolf.org/Hopkinsville.html
Designed by HB Clark Signature Disc Golf Course Designs, Hopkinsvilles disc golf course opened in 2008. The 9-hole course is sloped, with trees, a creek, a pond, and tall grass areas, providing players with a variety of distances and challenges.
Hopkinsville Art Guild
Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery
4000 Ft Campbell Blvd / www.hopkinsvilleartguild.org
The Hopkinsville Art Guild has a new Gallery in the Bradford Square Mall. The Gallery offers Guild members an opportunity to exhibit original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photographs, wood turnings, sculptured pieces and pottery items for sale. The exhibit will change quarterly. Membership in the Hopkinsville Art Guild, which is a non-profit organization, is open to all persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, or national origin upon payment of annual dues. Art classes will be offered for adults and children in a variety of areas. There will also be workshops presented, as well as teas, receptions and reserved luncheons.
Hopkinsville Carnegie Library
708 Liberty St / 270-719-9462
Currently undergoing restoration
Built in 1913 and occupied in 1914, this Classical Revival building served as Hopkinsvilles public library until the need for a larger building arose in 1976. One of 27 Carnegie Libraries built in Kentucky; it will reopen as the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library of Kentucky Architecture. It will be a multi-purpose cultural facility. In addition to being a repository for information on Kentucky architects, it will also be a facility for regularly scheduled lectures on architecture. There will be gallery space, with exhibitions that will change every 60 days. Perhaps the Carnegie Librarys most important function will be the after school tutoring programs to help students of all ages with their writing skills.
Jeffers Bend Environmental Center
Metcalfe Ln & Hwy 41 N / 270-885-5600 / www.jeffersbend.org
Consisting of a 40 acre grassland, 1 acre lake, 2.7 miles of walking trails and six buildings, Jeffers Bend once housed the Hopkinsville Water Treatment Plant. The facility now offers nature trails, a windmill-aerated lake, bird observatory, amphitheatre, welcome center and environmental classrooms. Herb and butterfly gardens are maintained by volunteers and a new childrens garden allows kids from nearby neighborhoods to plant and grow their vegetables.
Jefferson Davis Monument
Hwy 68 E, Fairview, KY 42221 / 270-889-6100 / www.parks.ky.gov
The Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site is a memorial to the
Confederate president born on the site in 1808. The 351-foot concrete
obelisk rests on a foundation of Kentucky limestone and contains walls
seven feet thick at the base, tapering to two feet thick at the incline. The site
includes a Visitors Center with gift shop, picnic shelters and a playground.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West
5817 Ft Campbell Blvd / 270-889-6106
A 25-foot eagle and a 65-foot pole for the American flag mark the entrance to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West. On grave sites marked with white crosses, Veterans of all wars and ranks are buried side by side. A computer terminal in a brick entry building with a heated foyer helps visitors find the graves or stored ashes of loved ones.
L& N Depot
425 E 9th St / 270-887-4295 / www.pennyroyalarts.org
Open: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Built in 1892, the L & N Depot is on the National Register of Historic Places and now houses the Pennyroyal Arts Council. During its operating years, the depot was a popular layover spot for those traveling by train. The L & N Depot is now home to the Pennyroyal Arts Council.
MB Roland Distillery
MB Roland Distillery
137 Barkers Mill Rd, Pembroke / 270-640-7744 / www.mbrdistillery.com
Open: Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
MB Roland is a small-scale, craft distillery using local grains to produce quality, handmade distilled spirits to include whiskies, rum, authentic True Kentucky Shine and whatever else they get an itch to try out. The distillery offers free tours and tastings. Stop by for tours, tastings & sales. MB Roland is a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Distillery Tour.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd / 270-797-3421 or 800-325-1711 / www.parks.ky.gov
Surrounded by the beautiful woods of Western Kentucky on the serene Pennyrile Lake, this state resort park features a rustic wood and stone lodge, rental cottages, camping, horse camping, restaurant, golf course, meeting rooms, nature trails, fishing, boating, mountain biking, swimming, tennis, and picnic shelters.
Edgar Cayce Exhibit at Pennyroyal Area Museum
Pennyroyal Area Museum
217 E 9th St / 270-887-4270 / www.museumsofhopkinsville.org
Encounter the early life of Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet, come face to
face with masked vigilantes of the Black Patch Tobacco War, pay tribute to
military heroes, and discover the regions rich African American heritage at
the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Nestled on 9th St. in the former 1914 Post Office,
Hopkinsvilles oldest museum showcases the community and region history
through permanent exhibits, educational programs, and special events.
Sunken Treasure at Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort
Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort
602 Christian Quarry Rd / 270-887-2585 / www.pennyroyalscuba.com
With water ranging from 5 to 130 feet depths, Pennyroyal Scuba is a breathtaking 22-acre spring-fed quarry located in Western Kentucky, and its not an average dive site. It offers a full-range of diving experiences from beginner to advance adventures. Divers can explore over 40 sunken treasures, and enjoy the clearest waters inland. We also offer a full service dive shop on site with Air & Nitrox fill & rentals, onsite service department, classes and more.
Round Table Literary Park
720 North Dr
Nestled among a grove of trees on the Hopkinsville Community College campus, the park features King Arthurs Sword in the Stone, a 22,000 pound replica of King Arthurs Round Table, Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy, a Greco-Roman amphitheater, a Medieval Wall, and the Delphian Tholos.
Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center
Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center
9503 Eagle Way Bypass / 270-890-0730 / www.tiebreakerpark.com
Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center features a twisting tube, lazy river, and splash interactive playground with poolside concessions on site. The Center is open daily from Memorial Day through the start of school, and weekends until Labor Day.
Trail of Tears Commemorative Park
Trail of Tears Commemorative Park
Skyline Dr & Hwy 41 / 800-842-9959 / www.trailoftears.org
Situated on a portion of the campground used by the Cherokee Indians
on the infamous Trail of Tears, this portion includes the grave sites of
Chiefs White Path and Fly Smith. Also on the site is a restored log cabin,
Heritage Center and picnic areas. A Trail of Tears Pow Wow is held annually
the weekend following Labor Day with native dance competitions, crafts,
food and more.
Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum
310 E 9th St / 270-887-4270 / www.museumsofhopkinsville.org
Cruise down memory lane with classic cars at this Kentucky museum. Part
of the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County family of museums,
the museum resides in the citys old Central Fire Station and honors fire fighters
while preserving history. The collection traces the history of transportation
with a buggy, wagons, gas pumps from the 1930s and 40s, a 1927 Chevrolet
Pumper antique fire truck, a 1909 Model 10 Buick, and a 1926 Model T Ford.