Georgetown, Kentucky

My ties to Georgetown began in 1961 when the company my father worked for in Cleveland relocated. The town was a little too small for us big city folks, so we chose Lexington as our new home. I harbor great memories of driving my dad to and from work as a teenager. Even though I had to get up really early to make the one-hour commute, it was well worth it to keep the car for the day.

Bud has his own memories of attending Georgetown College. He lived on campus and in surrounding housing during the ’60s. Our paths probably came close at some point. We discovered that both he and my dad frequented Sam’s Truck Stop on Route 25, which means their paths may have crossed, too.

Today we return to the old stomping grounds to visit Yuko-En Japanese garden located on the Elkhorn Creek north of Georgetown. It was designed in 2000 as a Bluegrass interpretation of a Japanese garden, and it was designated the official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden by the Kentucky legislature.  The connection with Japan stems from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant that opened in Georgetown twenty-five years ago.

We also cruise through Georgetown College campus and seek and find Showalter Drive where my dad’s plant was located. A plethora of houses now surrounds the building, which keeps us guessing how to reach it. On our way back to Lexington we stop at Sam’s Restaurant (no longer a truck stop). Images of my dad and his buddies cross my mind: “Chewing the fat” (chatting, for those who don’t know the expression), downing tons of coffee, and smoking cigarettes (which they still allow in part of the restaurant).

Now, come stroll through the Japanese garden with us.

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Tokugawa Gate entrance

Tokugawa Gate entrance

Tokugawa Gate door

Tokugawa Gate door

4 seasons pavillion

4 seasons pavillion

Japanese Tea House

Japanese Tea House

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horse bench

horse bench

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transformation

osage orange

osage orange

tree children

tree children

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inside-out

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