Department of Parks
Jesse Stuart Weekend At Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Sept. 22-23
GREENUP, Ky. – Jesse Stuart, the popular writer and poet, was born 100 years ago this year. His fans can celebrate his life and works with a visit to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park for Jesse Stuart Weekend Sept. 22-23.
Stuart, who was the poet laureate of Kentucky, often wrote about education and life in rural northeastern Kentucky where he was born and lived. The lodge at the state park is named after him.
The weekend, in its 24th year and sponsored by the park and the Jesse Stuart Foundation, will feature several activities centered around Stuart’s writings. On Friday, Sept. 22, there will be a memorial service at at his grave at Plum Grove Cemetery. At , there will be a program on the influence of “The Thread That Runs So True,” Stuart’s classic about education. The Jesse Stuart Foundation will present its special edition reprint of the book to commemorate the author’s 100th birthday. A reception at the lodge will follow at
Saturday will feature a tour of W-Hollow, where Stuart grew up and the place that inspired many of his stories. A room will be open during the weekend for viewing Stuart films. There will also be a tour of the foundation’s offices in Ashland, book evaluations, and mountain music.
At Saturday night Jimmy Lowe will present a one-man drama on Stuart’s life and literature followed by a panel discussion.
The event is free and open to the public.
The park restaurant will feature the traditional Kentucky cuisine buffet on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov