Whitesburg: We’re 3 – 3 1/2 hours from everywhere!

Seedtime is held at the Appalshop, 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, KY 41858.  If you’re a-comin’ from surrounding cities, here’s how it works–

 

from LEXINGTON / LOUISVILLE:

take I-64 East past Winchester to exit 98 for the Mountain Parkway.  Stay southeast on the Mountain Parkway until exit 43; get off at exit 43 and join KY-15 South.  Follow the signs to stay on KY-15 South through Hazard (stay right and don’t take the Business-15 road which goes through downtown Hazard), stay on 15 into Whitesburg.  At the intersection with a Wendy’s / car lot on your left, stay straight to take old 15 into downtown.  You’ll go through town on Main Street.  Main Street will then veer to the left at a strange 5-way intersection (at Bella’s Furniture), so turn left to stay on the road.  Follow it as it then veers to the right and you’ll see the Appalshop on your left, just across the bridge over the North Fork of the Kentucky River.  Hooray!  You did it!  Get yourself a sandwich and relax.  Expect a trip from Louisville to take around 3 1/2 – 4 hours (I made it in just over 3 once but if you also cannot afford any more tickets, give yourself a little more time to enjoy the view, because Kentucky is huge and wild and lovely), and Lexington should be around 2 1/2 – 3 hours.

from KNOXVILLE:

take US 25-E North out of town, all the way into the Cumberland Gap along the Kentucky border.  At Pineville, KY, jump on US-119 North / Harlan Road.  This road will take you nearly all the way into town, running parallel to the south face of Pine Mountain for about 70 miles until you actually drive over the darn thing in Letcher County, just past Eolia and Oven Fork.  Stay on 119 until you are essentially in Whitesburg; you’ll be at an intersection with a McDonald’s and a Post Office.  Stay straight, and turn left at the BP station to take old 15 into town.  Old 15 will wind around a bit, past the sign demarcating Whitesburg’s Current Grouch Population, then you’ll need to turn abruptly left to stay on 15.  15 will then take you right past the Appalshop.  Stop!  Take a load off!   You made it!  Google says this trip is a little under 3 hours.

from ASHEVILLE:

take I-26 W north out of town, entering Tennessee (or Tennisshoe, as Wiley might say).  Jump on US-23 North (fans of Dwight Yoakam take note!), which you’ll ride through Virginia and all the way into Kentucky, crossing Pine Mountain at Pound Gap.  After you cross the mountain, jump on US-119 South, which will take you the final 10 miles into Whitesburg.  At the McDonald’s / Post Office intersection, turn right to take old 15 into town.  After you turn right, take your first left at the T-intersection where the BP is to get on old 15.  Old 15 will wind around a bit, past the sign demarcating Whitesburg’s Current Grouch Population, then you’ll need to turn abruptly left to stay on 15.  15 will then take you right past the Appalshop.  Hooray!  You made it!  Park the catamaran and come hear some tunes!  Google says this trip also is a little under 3 hours (and you thought I was kidding back there at the top of the page).

from CHARLESTON / W. VA:

Take US-119 out of Charleston and all the way across the southwest portion of the state, crossing into Kentucky.  119 will actually take you all the way to Whitesburg; At the McDonald’s / Post Office intersection, turn right to take old 15 into town.  After you turn right, take your first left at the T-intersection where the BP is to get on old 15.  Old 15 will wind around a bit, past the sign demarcating Whitesburg’s Current Grouch Population, then you’ll need to turn abruptly left to stay on 15.  15 will then take you right past the Appalshop.  Congratulations!  Felicitations!  You made it!  Find a shady spot for the Model T and come enjoy a great weekend.  Google says this (Charleston) trip also clocks in at a little under 3 hours (again, wasn’t kidding about the 3 hour thing).