Over the many years that I've been a licensed driver, I've spent a good deal of spare time finding and driving the backroads of Daviess County (I believe there are still a few I haven't hit) and Kentucky (I believe there are QUITE a few I haven't hit).

I don't know if you'd call me old-fashioned because of this--I'm really not sure WHAT this is--but I absolutely love to drive. In fact, I still marvel at the whole process. For many of you, it's about as noteworthy as putting on your shoes. I get that. But for me, I'm still like a new driver behind the wheel.

Yes, I've traveled many a Kentucky road and actually tackled some new ones just this past weekend. Well, they were new to me. About four years, I drove a Kentucky highway that was new to me but, in actuality, is as far from NEW as you can get when it comes to roads in the Commonwealth.

The Oldest Road in Kentucky

Completed in 1835, the Maysville Road is a 67-mile-long stretch of U.S. Highway 68 from Lexington to Maysville.

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The Importance of the Maysville Road to Rest of America

Of course, it wasn't numbered when it became the first American highway that led folks west across the Appalachians. Professor Karl Raitz from the University of Kentucky's Department of Anthropology and Nancy O'Malley--the assistant director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at the university--wrote a book called Kentucky's Frontier Highway: Historical Landscapes Along the Maysville Road that explores the history of this transformative byway.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Heritage Spotlight describes it here:

It was the first highway in the trans-Appalachian West and was one of the most important roads in post-colonial America. It linked the “Eden of the West” (early 1800s
Lexington) to the
commercial centers of a growing nation.

What to See Along the Oldest Road in Kentucky

Now, what can you see today as you travel along Kentucky's oldest highway? Well, you'll either begin in Lexington or WIND UP in Lexington, but we're all well aware there's plenty to do in the Commonwealth's second-largest city. So let's move on to Paris KY and a 4K virtual tour of the city. Now this tour is VERY detailed, so you might want to skip ahead to the 21:00 mark where a look at the downtown area begins. But if you want to go straight to a TOTALLY expected landmark, go to 23:24:

Up the road, you'll find Millersburg, a town that prides itself on not only its Christmas Experience at Mustard Seed Hill...

...but also its historic and abandoned Millersburg Railroad Bridge.

And, of course, the road ends in Maysville, the best small southern town in the nation according to USA Today.

With spring upon us and the weekends getting warmer and warmer, you may have just landed on a cool road trip opportunity. Soak in the history of the Maysville Road and, perhaps, make some awesome personal history of your own.

See Inside the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY

This summer, we visited the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, and we had an absolute blast. The world's only "Equine Theme Park" you can enjoy a horse-drawn trolley ride, meet world-champion horses, see horses "dance," and learn about all the ways horses have enriched the human experience throughout time. Here's a sneak peek in the park. Visit kyhorsepark.com for more info!

Gallery Credit: ASHLEY SOLLARS

See Photos of a 100 Year Old One-Room Kentucky Schoolhouse

Just over a century ago a one-room schoolhouse was built in Monticello, Kentucky. Jennings Hollow School once taught students up to 7th grade and operated until the 1960s. The schoolhouse has been restored recently, and it's absolutely gorgeous! You can own it too as it's for sale.

Gallery Credit: Melissa Awesome

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