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Tourism numbers up at Mountain HomePlace

By: Whitney Burks
By: Whitney Burks

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is well known to many Eastern Kentuckians, but officials say word is spreading quickly about the Mountain HomePlace farm.

It is an 1850s style working farm, and tourism officials say tour numbers are booming.

Nestled in the mountains of Johnson County, step onto the grounds of the Mountain HomePlace and you step back in time.

"We have everything in here from the 1850s to 1875 and we do farm work daily," said Farm Manager Russell Honeycutt.

From raising animals to growing produce, if it was done on a Civil War era farm it is done there.

"It's just an experience for everyone to come and see," said Honeycutt.

Tourism officials say word is getting out.

"We've had visitors just this season from over 20 states and from two different countries," said Paintsville Tourism Director Wendi VanHoose.

Tourism officials believe what really attracts people to the Mountain HomePlace is the fact that it is a real working farm. They use period equipment to work the farm as it would have been in the 1800s.

"When you actually come to Eastern Kentucky it's kind of a cultural entity in itself, but coming here to the farm it truly is like you're stepping back in time," said VanHoose.

In fact they say since tours began this season in April they have seen an increase of nearly 40% since last year at the same time.

They attribute it to guided history lessons.

"They're just knowledgeable about it, and I think that's one of the reasons we see this increase," said Honeycutt.

Officials say they have given more than 400 tours so far this season.

For more information about visiting the Mountain HomePlace visit their website link below.

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