Day 19, Berea, KY – Rest Day

A welcome day of rest in the picturesque town of Berea.

Enjoyed breakfast at the Berea Coffee and Tea Cafe.

Not nearly as good as Grounds for Thought

Coffee shop is just around the corner from the famous Boone Tavern

After all the riding we’ve done, I treated myself to a luxurious massage.

Such pleasure!

Lunch with my fellow riders (Aonne from Holland and Mark from England)!

My favorite shop was Warren May’s furniture shop. His furniture was exquisite . . . dovetailed joinery and silky finishes.

Here’s Warren May with his featured woodworking pieces — dulcimers. I bought a gorgeous one made from swirled grain cherry wood!

Interesting history to Berea College.  It was founded in 1855, before the Civil War, by abolitionist John Gregg Fee, and admitted both black and white students.  At around the turn of the century, after almost 50 years successfully graduating black and white students, an “enlightened” Kentucky Senator introduced a bill stating that the “mixing the races” should be forbidden and that Berea College was not to enroll black students.  This was challenged by the college and went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the Kentucky law was upheld.

Berea College then formed another college for black students, Lincoln Institute, near Louisville.  It wasn’t until 1950 that the state law was amended and Berea College could once again admit black students.


6 comments on “Day 19, Berea, KY – Rest Day

  1. Russ,

    Been following along and enjoying your posts. We may cross paths this summer. I will be starting the TransAm Trail in Astoria on June 20th and heading east.

    See you out on the road!

  2. Glad you enjoyed our town. And it’s every bit as picturesque and laid back as you said, full of interesting people and fine artisans. Thanks for posting about it.

  3. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  4. Love the ‘mini’ history lessons. I am glad you are taking time to see the sights.

  5. We enjoy the stories too! A wuestion from our audience…Colin wants to know if you’ve heard any cool local ghost stories? 🙂

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