I started this blog as a way to share the amazing places and stories I’ve been lucky enough to experience – mostly across my native Kentucky, but also from other places around the world. As a professional architectural historian, most of my work – gathered over weeks of trudging through towns or across farm fields, snapping photographs and writing as quickly as I can on my notepad, then spending hours in front of the computer, and in libraries, building a context of the area – goes and lives on a shelf in an office, far removed from the public eye. Gardens to Gables grew out of my desire to disseminate that information – to spread the gospel, as it were, of historic Kentucky.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been brainstorming about how to make the Gardens to Gables site more user-friendly and more enjoyable. It’s a work in progress, but I am so excited that the new site is live – and all of the technical wizardry that made it so is due to the folks at Mediocre Creative in Lexington, Kentucky.
But so many thanks are due to YOU. Yes, if you are reading this right now, then I am so very grateful.
The response I’ve gotten – the people who have commented or told me how much they enjoy either these blog posts, or my daily posts on Facebook and Instagram – you make finding the time to do this worth it.
And sometimes it is incredibly hard to stay awake and try to write, after I’ve put the baby to bed, and all I want to do is go to sleep myself. But I think the incredible richness of Kentucky’s historic architecture, the diverse and complicated stories of our past, and the fight to understand, interpret, and save significant sites for future generations is so important.
One of the elements I’m most exited about on the new site is the interactive map of Kentucky. Interested to see whether there’s a story from your neck of the woods? Click on the county name, and if I’ve been there, the posts will come up.
I’ll stress again, this new site is a work in progress – and there are things you would like to see – please tell me! Want a page dedicated to architectural terms? It might take me a while, but that can happen.
And as always, please share your stories. I love hearing them, and I tuck them away carefully, until I have the time to write about them.
Thank you so much for your encouragement, suggestions, and comments. I hope the new look is just a precursor to many more journeys across Kentucky and other interesting places I might go.