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Madison County / Tates Creek Road / Valley View Kentucky


Madison County / Tates Creek Road / Valley View Kentucky

Every creek in Kentucky has a road beside it. Well not all but most of them do.

Kentucky is second behind Alaska for the state with the most waterways. How did the roads develop? I have to wonder if they first had Indians and settlers walking along them to get to the next settlement.

The paths became wider over time with wagons and carriages. Later were paved in asphalt to become our modern day roads.

One of my favorite ones is Tates Creek Road between Richmond and Lexington.

The trees are a green tunnel that has a leafy ceiling in the spring and summer. Later in the fall turns into a multi-color petals that swirl around your car as you drive through.

What is wonderful about Tates Creek Road is that it stops at the Kentucky River at a little place called Valley View. To get across the river you will need to drive your car aboard a ferry that holds 3 cars.

The Valley View Ferry was established in 1792 and now owned by the state. It is the oldest continuest business in Kentucky. It's free of charge to use. 

Last Christmas, I surprised the captain with a pretty wrapped box of chocolate truffles. I'm sure he will remember me the next time I drive across. He probably thinks I was the only paying customer last year!

I'm always amazed how beautiful it is here in Madison County. I feel a sense of pride in showing out-of-towners around before they purchase property. Just sharing a bit of paradise is fun!


Lizette Fitzpatrick- Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 10 2008 01:25AM


Morning C,

Nice piece for Localizm. Is the ferry a novelty mode of access or the only means? I would enjoy spending a day in the fall, driving those roads and enjoying the beautiful colors of the foliage.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - Kentucky boasts more shoreline than Florida, I believe, but it is counting all of it's lakes and rivers. I agree, Madison County is pretty good looking in most places. Lived there for 4 years. And the ferry is a regular means of crossing the Kentucky River, unless it is swollen and running high and fast after heavy rains.


Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Hal. Lizette did a fantastic job, as always. :-)

Mike, I'm looking forward to a visit. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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