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Miniature Horse; Farm Machinery; Kentucky's Anniversary

2017 marks the 225th anniversary of Kentucky's statehood and Doug visits the Old State Capitol in Frankfort; Patrick is a miniature horse with a huge fan base and a rock-star lifestyle from Bullitt County; Second Stride in Oldham County rehabilitates, retrains, and places retired thoroughbreds; and host Doug Flynn tours the expo floor at the National Farm Machinery show in Louisville.
Season 22 Episode 15 Length 26:43 Premiere: 05/02/17

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Kentucky Life features our state’s great diversity with stories of its people, places and ideas. Since 1995, Kentucky Life’s focus has always been to help Kentuckians celebrate unique and regional people and cultures and present stories capturing the history and heritage of Kentucky.


Host, Chip Polston

Chip Polston began his tenure as host of Kentucky Life with the premiere of season 28.

A familiar face to Kentuckians, Chip has appeared on air during several KET pledge drives, was the host of KET’s Mixed Media and the longtime on-air personality for the Kentucky Lottery.

Chip is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. He is a lifelong Kentuckian and is thrilled to be traveling the state to highlight stories of the Commonwealth’s fascinating people and places.

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Kentucky’s 225th Anniversary and Re-training Retired Racehorses!

Meet Patrick, the miniature horse with a huge fan base and a rock star lifestyle from Bullitt County. Second Stride in Oldham County retrains retired Thoroughbreds and places them in new homes. Host Doug Flynn tours the expo floor at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. The year 2017 marks the 225th anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood.

Patrick the Miniature Horse

A miniature horse named Patrick has a great big fan base: more than 30,000 followers on Instagram and 4,000-plus followers on Facebook. A 22-year-old gelding, Patrick has gained renown as a performance and therapy horse.

His owner and trainer, Sarah Schaaf of Shepherdsville in Bullet County, has grown up with Patrick. It began in 1998, when Sarah’s mother, who raises standardbreds, got her daughter a miniature horse. Patrick came to live with the family when Sarah was almost 2.

“Miniature horses are just big horses made smaller,” she said. “If you didn’t have any size references whatsoever, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a miniature horse and a larger sized horse.”

Patrick is 33 ½ inches tall. When Sarah was a child, the family started showing Patrick in county fairs. “My mom would lead him around while I rode him,” she said. Later, Patrick and Sarah began competing in halter and jumping classes, even costume classes (his first was as a reindeer). “You can just put anything on him and he’ll just stand there, and he doesn’t care,” Sarah explained.

They also take Patrick to local horse shows and the Kentucky State Fair horse show. “But every year there are fewer and fewer miniature horse shows,” Sarah said, adding that the horses are not nearly as popular as they used to be. “I really want to engage more interest in the breed again. I mean, the most common question I get is, what can you do with a miniature horse? And I want to show people what you can do.”

To that end, Sarah made a plan, complete with Super Girl costumes made by her mother for them both. “I came up with a routine for Patrick that would be fun for people to watch. It would show his abilities and the abilities and versatility of the miniature horse breed. He jumps and does tricks, and then we meet with the crowd and answer all of their questions.”

She has shown Patrick at BreyerFest, a model horse show that also includes demonstrations by live horses, the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event and the national horse show at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Patrick is motivated by treats. “Patrick adores treats. He will do anything for treats,” Sarah said. He easily picked up tricks like rearing up on his hind legs, bowing, and standing on a pedestal. “He’ll just put his feet up on it all by himself—especially if someone has a camera.”

One trick took longer to teach. “It took me five years to teach Patrick to lay down,” Sarah said. “It’s a real act of trust for them to be able to do that because they’re prey animals. They want to run away. And lying down is not exactly a good way to get away.”

People love to meet and pet him, Sarah said. “He adores attention. He’s always been wonderful around people,” she said. In 2014, Patrick and Sarah were registered as a therapy team with Pet Partners, and they visit hospital patients. Patrick has special shoes so he doesn’t slip on hospital floors. Patients are amazed at his gentleness. “He’s just the kindest horse I’ve ever known,” Sarah said.

Patrick makes equine friends too, and when he’s at the horse park he visits Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion. Patrick is also the official mascot of the Secretariat Festival in Paris. Charlie Davis, Secretariat’s exercise rider, always has peppermints for Patrick. “He calls him Little Red, instead of Big Red, [Secretariat’s nickname]” she said.

Sarah has created a children’s book, “Patrick at the Fair,” for his littlest fans. “He has some very loyal fans from all across the world who just adore him,” she said. “It amazes me that he brings that much happiness to other people.”

Sarah and Patrick have grown up together. “He’s taught me so many life lessons. He’s given me so many opportunities and made me a better person.” Time with Patrick is never wasted, she said. “He’s my best friend, and he’s everything a horse should be.”

225th Anniversary of Statehood

Kentucky became the 15th state on June 1, 1792. Kristin Branscum, travel and tourism commissioner for the state, said events are planned all year long to celebrate the 225th anniversary.

The state’s Travel Department created a Kentucky Bucket List, offering 225 suggestions from A-Z: from Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace and the Ale-8-One factory to the “Zip, Paddle and Saddle” package in Pikeville and Hart County’s ZorbKY, the longest known Zorb ball trail in the nation (Zorb balls are giant human hamster balls).

Other suggestions include donating to a Kentucky-based charity, watching a clogging performance, riding on one of the state’s excursion trains, and holding a family reunion. “We’re looking forward to Kentuckians who are outside the state maybe coming back in to the state,” said Branscum.

Many historic places, such as Constitution Square in Danville and Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg, are holding events, as well as many of the state’s bourbon distilleries. The Kentucky Horse Park has events this year to mark the 100th anniversary celebration of the racehorse Man O’ War.

More information about the festivities can be found at http://www.ky225.com/

National Farm Machinery Show

The largest indoor farm show in the nation draws thousands at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville each February to see the latest in agricultural technology and equipment.

“It offers something for everyone. To spend a day or multiple days – it’s actually hard to cover this show in one day if you try to walk every aisle –but it’s special to the people of Kentucky that we own it,” said Steve Kelly, executive director of expositions for the Kentucky State Fair Board, which oversees the show.

One eye-catching piece of machinery was a John Deere harvester with a corn row head. Beverly Flores, media relations manager for John Deere, said the harvester automates much of the corn harvest. “A lot of times you just look at the food in the grocery store and don’t know what went in to getting it there. And obviously one of the key components is getting it out of the field,” she said.

Another high-tech item farmers are finding useful is the drone, which can be used to scout fields, said Jono Millin, chief of product for Drone Deploy. “What we’re seeing is just this informed decision making. Instead of just randomly walking around and trying to find problems, we can now get the drones to do that scouting for us,” he said. “And when we walk our field we take our samples, we’re saying I see hot spots here, I see cold spots here, I need to go to these specific places, in order to take my measurements and understand what’s happening.”

Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., extension associate professor at the University of Kentucky, said UK’s exhibits at the National Farm Machinery Show cover everything it offers, from machines to soil and water conversation topics, as well as farm management, and weather. “Kentucky is still a very rural state, and agriculture plays a huge role in our state. It’s a big part of our economy,” she said.

Second Stride

After retirement from racing, most Thoroughbreds will enjoy 15 or more years of life. In Oldham County, Second Stride helps retired racehorses make the transition into successful new careers.

The average racehorse retires between the ages of 3 and 8, according to Kim Smith, the founder of Second Stride. “And these horses are going to live until about 30, a long lifespan ahead of them where they may have one or two jobs along the way.”

Second Stride placed about 150 horses in new homes in 2016. “As a matter of fact, the biggest problem when they come is that they’re spoiled rotten,” she said. “And getting them used to not being bathed and brushed, you know, pampered all day. It’s hard for them to acclimate to regular, daily horse life.”

Trainers often have only days to find a place for a racehorse who’s suffered an injury and must retire. “That’s where our programs can step in and offer a place for those horses to come basically to transition. We can afford them one to three months’ time, or even longer for some.”

The racehorses are used to being ridden every day. Volunteers like Kara Lee help the horses adjust to their new lives. “We usually try to turn them out in the grass and let them kind of decompress and take a breath and realize that life is not going to be a racetrack anymore,” said Lee. “It’s not going to be go, go, go. It’s going to be breathe in, breathe out, and let’s re-evaluate life for a minute.”

“And then I’ll start trying to work with them and teach them things like, ‘Hey, we’re not going to go around this arena five times the same way. We’re going to switch directions,’ which on the track they might switch directions once or twice but it’s not a lot of figure 8s or serpentine or anything like that. Or I might take them through the field, or go down the road and kind of take a little trail ride, because for a lot of the horses, all of this is new to them.”

The horses are desensitized to the sights and sounds of a racetrack, but they may never have seen a drain culvert, Lee said. “That might be a big problem for them,” she said.

Second Stride has a team of volunteers who screen applicants who wish to adopt horses and do reference checks. Then they try to match the applicant with a suitable horse, said Smith. “They’re very expensive and they’re very large. So specialty programs need to be out there to transition these types of pets the same way there are for cats and dogs. Mass euthanasia is not quite an option for horses. There is a home for every horse. We just need to find it.”

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Exploring the Louisville Zoo

S22 E20 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 06/24/17

Beverly Hills Supper Club; Valhalla Golf Course; Lynch

S22 E19 Length 27:15 Premiere Date 05/27/17

Devou Park; Big South Fork; Racehorse Lexington

S22 E18 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 05/20/17

Midwives; Sports Radio; Rowan Co. Broadcasters

S22 E17 Length 27:18 Premiere Date 05/13/17

Audubon SP; Taylorsville; Constitution Square; Joe Downing

S22 E16 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 05/09/17

Miniature Horse; Farm Machinery; Kentucky's Anniversary

S22 E15 Length 26:43 Premiere Date 05/02/17

Winery Visit; Primate Rescue; Pianist Kory Caudill

S22 E14 Length 24:30 Premiere Date 04/24/17

Breweries; a Botanical Garden; Singer Kelsey Waldon

S22 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/17/17

Songwriting; Comic-Con; Bloodhounds

S22 E12 Length 27:03 Premiere Date 04/10/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Three, Old Postcards; Kentucky Wesleyan

S22 E11 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 02/25/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Two; Carter G. Woodson Center; Hickman

S22 E10 Length 27:50 Premiere Date 02/18/17

Louisville Zoo-Part One; Charles Young; Rosine

S22 E9 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 02/11/17

Alpacas; Rock Climbing; Kentucky By Design

S22 E8 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 02/04/17

Botherum House; Baker-Bird Winery; Minnie Adkins

S22 E7 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11/19/16

Good Works in Kentucky

S22 E6 Length 26:08 Premiere Date 11/12/16

Celebrating Kentucky Veterans

S22 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/05/16

Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; Hilltoppers Preview

S22 E4 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/22/16

KY Life Theme Song; Glema Mahr Center; Indigenous Life in KY

S22 E3 Length 25:24 Premiere Date 10/15/16

Maysville; Ceramics; Walt’s Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont

S22 E2 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 10/08/16

Speed and Gateway Museums; Lake Cumberland; Kenny’s Cheese

S22 E1 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 10/01/16

Eastern Kentucky Flood

Clip Length 13:40 Premiere Date 05/31/23

Mojothunder Live at KET

Clip Length 16:35 Premiere Date 03/09/23

Bardstown, KY Named "Most Beautiful Small Town In America"

Clip Length 08:02 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Barrel Racing Sisters

Clip Length 07:02 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Fort Knox Gold

Clip Length 07:28 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Icelandic Horses

Clip Length 07:00 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Jesse James in Kentucky

Clip Length 07:45 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Traveling the Bluegrass

Clip Length 04:30 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Zenyatta (Thoroughbred Racehorse)

Clip Length 07:30 Premiere Date 02/23/23

USS Sachem

Clip Length 07:10 Premiere Date 02/23/23

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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants - S24 E13

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

Premiered On: 04/27/2019

People throughout the nation are training thousands of wild mustangs and showing off their skills to help find homes for these beautiful horses and take a trip to Tokyo to meet with some of bluegrass music's biggest fans. A 2019 KET Production.

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String Mountain Music, Appalachian Astronaut, Kentucky Coal Museum, Bluegrass Bullies - S29 E9

James Webb Musical Sales and Repairs is a luthier shop in Martin County playing a crucial part in preserving Kentucky's traditional mountain music; travel to the International Space Station with the Middlesboro School System and astronaut John Shoffner; the Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, Kentucky aims to educate visitors in the history of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky; and a negative stigma of pit bulls has caused an overabundance of the breed at local humane societies that often keeps them from being adopted. A 2024 KET production.

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Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley - S24 E15

Premiered On: 05/04/2019

Johnson county's Jim Ford is the greatest Kentucky songwriter you've probably never heard of; injured animals get their best chance for recovery at Second Chances Wildlife Center in Bullitt County, and Centre College's Sheldon Tapley paints luminous landscapes and still lifes. A 2019 KET Production.

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Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan's Louisville; U.S. Grant (Part 2) - S24 E16

Premiered On: 05/11/2019

The annual Living Archaeology Weekend turns Red River Gorge into Kentucky's most popular outdoor classroom; "Antiques Roadshow's" Wes Cowan reminisces his Louisville roots and a vintage life; and part two of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant's Kentucky connections tracks his rise as a general, beginning with his battles in the west. A 2019 KET Production.

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African-American Heritage Trail; Downtown Glasgow; U.S. Grant (Part 3) - S24 E17

Premiered On: 05/18/2019

Explore Lexington's history on the twelve stops along the African-American Heritage Trail; Doug explores downtown Glasgow, and the final part of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant picks up with his presidency and enduring significance to Kentucky and the nation. A 2019 KET Production.

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Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen - S24 E18

Premiered On: 05/25/2019

World War II veterans board a flight honoring their service to our nation; Liberty may be home, but the Indianapolis Speedway is his heart - Bill Marvel has made a life in racing; and Elmer Lucille Allen is a pioneering scientist with artistic flair. A 2019 KET Production.

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Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc. - S24 E19

Premiered On: 06/01/2019

Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave talks about his incredible career; kids in need in Central Kentucky celebrate their birthdays with the help of Sweet Blessings; the American dream of home ownership comes true through the work of HOMES Inc. in Whitesburg.

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Tahlsound, Planting Appalachia's Future, the Flooding of Old Burnside, Theatre Camp for Everyone - S29 E10

Tahlsound is a concert series providing opportunities for regional musicians to perform for the Lexington community; Green Forests Work is converting reclaimed, non-native grasslands and shrublands into productive forestland, providing jobs and restoring ecosystems; discover the history of the once-thriving city "Old Burnside" by hearing from former residents, located along the Cumberland River; a summer theater camp for kids on the autism spectrum in Bowling Green stages a production of "The Wizard of Oz." A 2024 KET production.

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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - S24 E20

Premiered On: 07/20/2019

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and Kentucky Life takes a trip through its 25-year history to celebrate this achievement. Past stories include retired NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave; Eastern Kentucky University's Hummel Planetarium; an interactive space exploration experience for 6th graders at the Challenger Center at Hazard Community College; and the famous Moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park in Whitley County.

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Paws on Patrol; Penn's Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown; Chicken Swap - S25 E1

Premiered On: 10/05/2019

Adoptable dogs walk the beat with the Louisville Metro Police; "Kentucky Life" celebrates its 25th season with a "Kentucky Life" Memory at the Outhouse Races at Penn's Store; beer cheese makes Kentucky - and Winchester - proud; and the Pralltown neighborhood in Lexington celebrates its sons and daughters. "Kentucky Life" Moment: Lawrenceburg Chicken Swap. A 2019 KET Production.

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Castle & Key; Children's Charity; Downtown La Grange; Mona Bismarck - S23 E14

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Chia; Regional Meals; Farmer Brown Tha' MC; Venerable Trees - S23 E13

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Speedzeum; Reptile Zoo; College Heights Brewery; Ward Hall - S23 E12

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Treetop Adventure; Ward Hall; Feminist Artists of Kentucky; Filson Historical Society - S23 E11

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Bosnian Exhibit; Bosnian Coffee; Northern Kentucky Brotherhood; Wyatt Dagla Severs - S23 E10

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The Great Kentucky Hoard - S29 E15

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South Union Shaker; Capital City Museum; West End School Louisville; The LEXington Theatre Company - S23 E9

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Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers; Maker's Mark; Effie Waller Smith; Haven Gillespie - S23 E8

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Woodland Native Americans; Indigenous Peoples Day in Stanford; Blue Wing Landing; Kathy Conroy - S23 E7

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USA Cares; Beattyville Exhibit/Veterans Wall; Fort Knox Therapy Dogs - S23 E6

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Dr. Clark's Kentucky Treasures - S12 E22

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KSU Aquaculture; Golden Retrievers; Sue Darnell Ellis; Seafood Lady - S23 E5

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The Bell Observatory, CMH23 Radio, Hopewell Museum, Butchertown - S29 E14

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Thomas Noble; Downtown Mt. Sterling; Three Toads Farm; Bread of Life Cafe - S23 E4

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Latitude Arts Community; Kayaking Bourbon Co; Webster Co. Coal Mine Disaster; Camp Zachary Taylor - S23 E3

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Hopkinsville Eclipse; Eclipse at Franklin; Man o' War Anniversary; Lost John - S23 E2

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Idlewild Butterfly Farm; State Fair; Dan MacPhail Antlers; One Fateful Pitch - S23 E1

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The Louisville Zoo - S22 E20

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Guns to Gardens, Bowling Green International Festival, Fashion Activism and Sustainability, Black Patch Tobacco Wars - S29 E13

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Beverly Hills Supper Club Tragedy; Town of Lynch; Valhalla Golf Course - S22 E19

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Devou Park; Central Kentucky; Stearns; Old Fort Harrod (Kentucky's Anniversary) - S22 E18

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Certified Midwives; Garden Roller Rink; Sports Radio Broadcasters in Rowan Co. - S22 E17

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Downtown Taylorsville; Henderson Wetlands; Joe Downing; Constitution Square (Kentucky's Anniversary) - S22 E16

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Old State Capitol (Kentucky's Anniversary); Patrick the Miniature Horse; Second Stride; National Farm Machinery Show - S22 E15

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Lincoln: "I, too, am a Kentuckian" - S14 E27

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STEM Camp, The Little Loomhouse, Putting Paws to Work, The Falls of the Ohio - S29 E12

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Primate Rescue Center; Cave Hill Vineyard & Winery; Kory Caudill - S22 E14

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Boyce General Store; Pivot Brewing; Western Kentucky Botanical Garden; Kelsey Waldon - S22 E13

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Haven Gillespie; Pasta Garage; Lexington Comic Con; Arson Dogs - S22 E12

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Louisville Zoo - Part 3; Kentucky Postcards; Rhonda McEnroe - S22 E11

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Buried Treasure

“The Coins Kept Coming”

In 2023, a Kentucky farmer discovered a cache of more than 800 gold and silver Civil War-era coins buried in a cornfield — a rare find one coin expert said was “hard to comprehend.” The discovery triggered an avalanche of media interest from around the globe, with stories appearing in The New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine and USA Today, among others.

On this brand-new special episode of Kentucky Life, for the first time, we hear from the farmer, as well as antique coin expert Jeff Garrett with Mid-America Rare Coin Galleries, offering their thoughts about that fateful day and the discovery now known as The Great Kentucky Hoard. We also hear from UK historian Amy Murell-Taylor on what was happening in Kentucky during the Civil War that may have led to these coins being put in the ground, and we go exploring with three guys who call themselves The Dirt Nerds as they search for buried treasure in the Bluegrass.

Fearing an onslaught of fortune seekers on his property, the Kentucky farmer went to great lengths to remain anonymous and silent — until now.

“I initially found the 1856 Seated Liberty Half Dollar probably 20 to 30 feet from where the hoard was located,” the farmer told Kentucky Life. “I would have never believed what came next. Things that only happen in dreams. When I continued walking and saw the glint of gold – a thick reeded edge. When I pulled the coin from the ground, I was astonished when I realized I was holding a $20 Double Eagle from the 1860s. After I flipped the first clump of dirt over the next 45 minutes to an hour, the coins kept coming. I knew it was hundreds.”

Premieres: KET Saturday, May 11 • 8/7 pm


Chip Talks with the Farmer

Had you ever made any discoveries like this before, and was this the type of thing you were looking for?
Never in a million years did I think I would ever come across anything even close to this. Normally, when I’m not working, I wander the fields searching for native American artifacts and anything that may have been lost hundreds of years ago.

Talk me through the day leading up to the discoveryin general, what had you been doing?
I was in the fields as any other normal day, when I had gotten off work, I started walking a portion of the property I had seen broken pieces of pottery and brick strewn in a fairly confined area when I came across the first coin. Something that has happened a decent amount of times. I found my first “old coin” when I was maybe 9 walking the fields around my hometown looking for arrowheads, and boom, there it was a pristine 1937D Mercury dime, sitting there basking in the sun. This time it was a little more exciting beings it was a beautiful 1856O Seated Liberty half dollar which was almost perfect minus a few marks from where it had been struck by farm equipment. Little did I know what that would lead to next.

When you first looked down in the dirt and saw the coins, what was going through your mind? Did you realize the enormity of what you had just found and that this was a life-changing event?
I initially found the 1856 Seated Liberty Half Dollar probably 20-30’ from where the hoard was located. I would have never believed what came next. Things that only happen in dreams. When I continued walking and saw the glint of gold….a thick reeded edge… when I pulled the coin from the ground I was astonished when I realized I was holding a 20$ DOUBLE EAGLE from the 1860s. After I flipped the first clump of dirt over the next 45 minutes to an hour the coins kept coming. I knew it was hundreds. I guessed initially around three to maybe 400 coins. To my surprise when I got home and started counting the total was over 800 coins. 770 of which were gold.

The very first thing I would have done would have been to clean off the coinsJeff said you were smart enough to not do this as it greatly enhanced their value. How in the world did you know not to do this?
I have been in the hobby of walking fields and admiring coins from the age of we’ll say ten or younger. My dad had gotten me into coins after he had collected all the way back since the late 1970s. He had always warned me against cleaning anything silver. Knowing that gold is far softer than silver it was a no-brainer for me to leave them be. They had quite a bit of rust on the surfaces, I assumed either they were in an old iron box or something that corroded over the years and left a lot of the coins encrusted.

Walk me through the days after the discovery – what were you thinking?
I knew right away that I had made an enormous discovery. I hadn’t heard of such a find in the US in ages. I spent hours researching each coin and the different years and varieties to check for rarities and key dates. I knew that anything with a D mint mark from the time would be very rare and valuable. Out of 700+ gold coins, I believe only ONE was minted in Dahlonega Georgia. I found a few other gold dollars with mint marks some rarer than others…but after researching the key dates for the Liberty Head 20$ I realized I had not one…but EIGHTEEN of one of the rare dates, the 1863 20s. This is when my head began to spin and I knew I needed help.

Jeff literally wrote the book on coins like this – how did you find him, and how much reassurance did it bring you that you’d connected with such an expert?
I had actually posted on a social media group I am a part of, and one of the members mentioned that I should reach out to a Jeff Garrett. They said he was the expert on US minted Gold Coins. I began to research his name and read of his incredible and very extensive background in the coin world. I was skeptical at first, something of this magnitude is HUGE and people can be extremely greedy in times of other’s fortunate events. I sent him a very vague, very short email with a picture of one single 1863 Double Eagle, stating only that I had a coin I knew was potentially valuable. We agreed to meet in his office in Lexington, where I brought six of the Double Eagles and a few other coins from the find. By the end of our meeting, I revealed to him that was a very very small portion of what I had discovered, and that I had 12 more 1863 Double Eagles at home along with several hundred more gold coins of the same timeframe. Everything else from there came down to personally transporting the coins to Sarasota to NGC where we met with Mr. Mark Salzberg and Dave Camire for the next steps in cleaning, grading and preserving this incredible discovery.

Any advice you’d offer to treasure hunters or anyone else out there captivated by this story?
Keep your eyes out and never stop looking. I never even imagined I would find one gold coin in my entire life. Let alone something so significant it has its own hoard name. There are hundreds of stories of lost treasure, hidden staches from bandits and just the superstitious wealthy old guy who didn’t trust the banks…

Has this changed the way you walk around and look at things?
Surprisingly, not much, as I said I have spent many years wandering the fields and river banks looking for anything that catches the eye. My Father did it before me, my great-grandmother had one of the most incredible museum-worthy collections of arrowheads all found walking cultivated land and the banks of the rivers. I guess maybe it’s in my bones, I have always been extremely fascinated with discovering items from the past.

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