Department of Parks
Jesse Stuart Weekend At Greenbo Is Sept. 18-19
GREENUP, Ky. – Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and The Jesse Stuart Foundation will host the annual Jesse Stuart Weekend on Sept. 18-19.
The weekend is dedicated to the works and memory of Kentucky Poet Laureate Jesse Stuart, who died in 1984. Friday’s program begins with a 1:30 p.m. hike to the Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve, and a 7:30 p.m. program by Dr. James Gifford featuring excerpts from his forthcoming biography of Stuart, followed by a reception at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday’s program starts with a 9 a.m. tour of Stuart’s home W-Hollow, 1:15 p.m. tour of The Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, and ends with a program by Tom Adkins on Violet Pennington Hylton, Jesse Stuart’s grandmother. Also during the weekend there will be videos available for viewing, book evaluations, and music.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on KY 1, 18 miles north of I-64 from 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, Gift Shop, and Anglers’ Cove Restaurant. Park has a 225 acre lake for boating and fishing, tennis courts, 25 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The newly renovated campground is open through Oct. 31. Greenbo Amphitheatre features musical concerts and plays during the summer and fall.
The events this weekend are free and open to the public. Call 606-473-7324 for lodge reservations and more information.
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 Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov