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Woodford County: Revolutionary Kids Day at Jack Jouett House July 27

July 23, 2013 

Take a 90-minute ride on one of the newly repainted passenger cars at the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum in Versailles.

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site will host its third annual Revolutionary Kids Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can experience life in Revolutionary War-era America through a variety of family activities. Admission is free.

Costumed interpreters portraying Continental soldiers, Virginia militiamen and Kentucky frontiersmen will talk about their clothing and equipment, as well as demonstrate skills such as flintlock rifle shooting, fire starting and tomahawk throwing. A colonial tinsmith, an indentured servant washerwoman, a basket weaver, a butter churner and a balladeer will showcase the civilian side of Revolutionary life.

In addition to visiting the re-enactor stations, children will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as learning to write with a quill pen, making a fan and playing frontier games.

They will be able to attend a children's tea party hosted by Sally Jouett or enlist in a military unit to participate in drills. Special children's historic house tours, pony rides, a petting zoo and concessions will also be available.

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craig's Creek Road, just off McCowan's Ferry Road. For more information, call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902 or visit Jouetthouse.org.

Rail museum nearly done rehabilitating two coaches

The Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum in Versailles has almost completed work on the rehabilitation of two 80-year-old passenger coaches. The coaches, which have been repainted inside and out, were built in 1933 and used by the New Jersey Central Railroad in commuter service in New York City.

Seat reupholstery work is complete in one coach and the all-volunteer, non-profit organization is raising money to complete the seats in the second coach.

Visitors may ride in these coaches for a train tour each Saturday and Sunday during the summer. The round trip from Versailles to the Kentucky River lasts about 90 minutes.

More information about the museum and train rides is available at BluegrassRailroad.com.

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