Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Paducah bus tour
Connie and I try to do something new on each trip. This time we decided to take the bus tour of Paducah which included a stop at Whitehaven.
Whitehaven is now a rest area and welcome center off of I-24 in western Kentucky. The original building was built around 1860, with many additions since. The mansion became vacant in the late 1960s and was virtually destroyed by vandals. To view it today, it is difficult to believe that it was ever in such a miserable condition.
Besides serving as a welcome center and rest area, the mansion also houses memorabilia from Vice President Alben Barkley who served under President Truman.
Historic buildings provide lots of inspiration for quilting patterns. The stained glass, stencils and ceilings all provide a starting point for desdign.
Eleanor Burns opened a new storefront downtown and also had a building with tents a short distance from the Rotary Show. Connie and I walked into a tent full of bolts priced at $4.00 a yard. Each day a color was chosen for an additional discount. When we shopped the color was blue. Here is Connie checking out the blue bolts. About half of my yardage came from the tent, so the $ damage to my wallet wasn't as bad as the picture in my last post might appear.