Department of Parks
Jesse Stuart Weekend Sept. 28-29 at Greenbo Lake
GREENUP, Ky. – Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will honor Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart during special weekend events Sept. 28-29.
The weekend, celebrated annually, is dedicated to the works and memory of the former Kentucky poet laureate, who was born in Greenup County, worked as an educator and became known for his poems, short stories and novels. He often used education and his Greenup County surroundings for themes in his stories.
The weekend begins Friday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m., with a trip to Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve, which was once part of his farm. There will be a program and reception beginning at 7:30 p.m. that evening at the park’s Jesse Stuart Lodge. On Saturday, Sept. 29, there will be a tour of W-Hollow, where Stuart lived, a visit to the Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, a book evaluation, and that evening a musical drama based on Stuart’s “Songs of a Mountain Plowman.”
The weekend event is free and open to the public.
For more information about lodging, call Greenbo Lake State Resort Park at 1-800-325-0083. For questions about the program, call the Jesse Stuart Foundation at 606-326-1667.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on KY 1, 18 miles north of Interstate 64 from the Grayson exit, or 8 miles south of U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway, on KY 1. Greenbo Lake features the Jesse Stuart Lodge, with 36 rooms, convention center and Anglers’ Cove Restaurant. The park has a 225-acre lake for boating and fishing, tennis courts, and 25 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The campground is open April 1 through Oct. 31. Greenbo’s amphitheater features musical concerts and plays during the summer and fall.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov