Residents of Boyd and Lawrence counties who seldom wander far from Ashland and Louisa have a superb opportunity to see new parts of the counties at this years Heritage Harvest Tour. Expanded to two days and 10 stops by popular demand , the annual Heritage Harvest Tour of farms, country churches, and other home-spun stopoffs in Boyd and Lawrence counties will enable area residents to partake of some excellent meals, visit some working farms, take in a bit of history, and see some things that many probably never knew existed so close to home. And, in so doing, they will enjoy the gentle hospitality of the rural people of the two counties.The driving tour along U.S. 23 and Ky. 3 will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. People can partake of whatever portions of the tour they choose during those times. The event will be conducted regardless of the weather.
The self-guided tour winds it way down Ky. 3 from Cannonsburg to Louisa and then up U.S. 23 to Catlettsburg — or the other way around, if participants are so inclined. Along the way visitors may eat a country breakfast, see operating farms, buy quilts and other Kentucky-crafted items and watch apple butter and sorghum being made at the 7 stops on the tour.
Now in its eight year, the tour grew from a seed planted by several farms along Ky. 3 that wanted to expand agritourism opportunities. The extension offices in the two counties are the primary sponsors of the tour.
How important is the tour? Well, more than 800 motored through last year’s tour route, and at the Lawrence County stops alone spent more than $50,000. That doesn’t account for money pumped into the local economy at that Boyd County stops or at gas stations, restaurants and other establishments not on the tour.
In Short this makes the tour a fairly significant tourist attraction for people from all over the tri-state area.
The tour itself is free, but one stop, Kentucky Roots charges a small fee and other stops will have food, crafts and other items for sale. How much one spends on the tour is each person’s choice.
For more information or to request brochures with tour maps, call the Lawrence County office at (606) 673-9495 or the Boyd County office at (606) 739-5184 or visit www.heritageharvesttourky.com or
We suspect even some who have lived in either Boyd or Lawrence counties for decades — or maybe even all their lives — will learn something new about the counties by taking the driving tour. The tour is not for everyone but for those who are not in a hurry, do not mind driving a few miles and are seeking hard-to-find crafts and good meals, it can be an enjoyable way to spend a weekend — especially if Mother Nature cooperates with a couple of beautiful autumn days this year.