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Kentucky's Frontier HighwayHistorical Landscapes along the Maysville Road$
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Karl Raitz and Robert Roland-Holst

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136646

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.001.0001

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Gentleman Farms and the Inner Bluegrass Landscape

Gentleman Farms and the Inner Bluegrass Landscape

(p.139) 15 Gentleman Farms and the Inner Bluegrass Landscape
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides a narrative about the gentleman farms that align the road, one of the world's most extraordinary landscapes. A gentleman farm often produces amenity livestock such as race horses, and much of the land is reserved for aesthetic bluegrass pastures enclosed by oak-planked fences. The horse farm country here is, in addition to being an aesthetic showcase, a very complex node in a national and international convergence of land and horse ownership; race and training tracks; support personnel; publishing and advertising; animals and money. Interspersed among the horse farms are sites of historic inns and road-oriented settlements, many now gone.

Keywords:   Parkland, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Rock fences, Elmendorf Farm, Architecture

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