‘Autumn fog wraps a field like spirits moving low above the reeds;
where chilled air, rings birdsong on tendrils of suns first light’
Midway, KY is quaint as it is picturesque, with its rolling horse fields, tobacco barns, old stone walls that decorate the country roads for miles and the historic homes and buildings strewn about its countryside.
It seems to be a place from an old story-
Midway, KY was established on January 31st of 1835 and settles in Woodford County.
This lovely town is famous for its thoroughbred race horse breeding operations, tobacco farms, bourbon whiskey, cattle, historic stone walls and homes and the Midway Distilling Company which continued a legal operation in Prohibition era.
In the very early days before the Europeans settled, this area was home to ‘Mound Builders’. There have been several large and small American Indian Mounds discovered on the farms nearby.
In 1832 the small settlement was called Stevenson’s and it had its first Post Office.
In 1835, the Lexington and Ohio Railroad purchased from farmer, John Francisco, 216.375- acre land for 6,491.25. The land was used to establish Kentucky’s first railroad town and rightly called it Middleway, because the local was relative to Lexington and Frankfort, KY.
In 1837, the town would be renamed to Midway.
The legendary racehorse, Man o’ War was foaled at Nursery Stud Farm in the nearby county of Fayette.
The mother of Jesse and Frank James, Zeralda James, was birthed at the Black Horse Inn at the intersection of U.S. route 62 and old Frankfort Pike. Her Father ran the Tavern there and she resided with him.
There are so many beautiful old places to see in Midway and one of the oldest is the Weisenberger Mill, which has been in the Family for seven generations. It is the oldest operating mill in Kentucky and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Woodford County was formed in 1788 from part of Fayette County, Virginia. It was named after American Revolutionary War general, William Woodford.
Woodford County has a rich history that is home to Kentucky’s oldest bourbon whiskey distillery, Labrot & Graham from 1812.
Lane Ends Farm, during 2007, even had Queen Elizabeth II as a guest before the Kentucky Derby.
Autumns New Fire
Autumn, …whirls in like a strange angel
Its touching is sacred and cold.
All gloriously bathed in frostweed down, purple ironweed and goldenrod;
Burning hues that glow in the dusty hollow where the wingless live and have been silent.
A seasoned, ash winter will relinquish and venerate to a winged spirit of the freshly awakened birth-
Tommie Flannery Baskis- Writings by Duskflyer Vision-2016