In the early 1800's President Andrew Jackson authorized the negotiation of a land purchase from the Chickasaw Indians, and here his name is used daily - Graves County is located in the middle of the "Jackson Purchase". This fertile land attracted early settlers from Virginia, North and South Carolina and Tennessee who brought with them a degree of education and culture and a fierce determination to succeed on the land. Remarkable in their achievements as craftsmen and farmers, they put down roots to blend a political, economic and social environment unique, perhaps only to Graves County.
A trip from Paducah and Interstate 24 takes travelers down beautiful four-lane Highway 45 lined with a mixture of commerce and industry and lush farmland into Mayfield and is a fitting introduction to Graves County. Downtown Mayfield features a historic district with antique-era light fixtures and renovated sidewalks with brick inserts.
While in Graves County make sure to stop by the Edana Locus Mansion in Mayfield which serves as the local commerce center. There is a most unusual sight you will probably not see anywhere else, the Wooldridge Monuments in Maplewood Cemetery. It is referred to as "The Strange Procession that Never Moves". It consists of life-sized statues grouped around the tomb of Henry G. Wooldridge, a local horse trader who moved to Mayfield in the 1840's. While in town, make sure to stop by the Ice House. This is home to the art guild and there is always a show hanging and lots of crafts and art to take home remember your trip. Take a drive south of Mayfield to the community of Wingo and experience the Rails to Trails walking/hiking/biking trail in downtown Wingo. This peaceful, shaded stroll of 3 miles up and back was once a busy railroad line commuting people from the outlying areas to other communities. If you have a chance to head further south, head down to Water Valley where Camp Beauregard once stood. This Civil War sight is full of rich history, active spirits and a gorgeous view. As you head north through Symsonia make sure to stop by Henson's Broom Shop. You'll experience so much more than just a shopping excursion. Be prepared to stay a little while, and to be completely entertained.
Festival & Events
Fancy Farm Picnic - Fancy Farm, KY
Stump speeches, retail politics, barbecue galore & games make this distinctive event - the "world's largest picnic" according to the Guinness Book of World Records - central to Kentucky political life. First Saturday in August.
Amish Consignment Sale, Dublin, KY
Each year the Amish community in Graves County comes together to sell off excess items. You will find horses, buggies, tack, quilts, housewares, tools, etc. The Amish ladies always bring out cakes, pies, breads and home-made donuts. If you plan to come, plan to stay for the day.
Community Performing Arts Center, Mayfield, KY
Community theater presenting six productions a year plus a dinner theater in the fall. Performances Fri/Sat: 7pm, Sun: 2pm
Mayfield Trade Day - Mayfield, KY
Started as Mule Day in the early 1800's to trade mules & equipment - evolved over the years into a very popular weekly event. Operates year round - Every Monday 5 am to ?
Glory Days - 4th of July Car Show & Festival - Mayfield, KY
Every July 4th the City of Mayfield sponsors a car, truck & bike show along with free rides & entertainment for children. That night the sky lights up with the region's best fireworks.
Gourd Patch Festival - Art Show & Festival - Mayfield, KY
A-Maize-Ing Farms - Corn Maze - Mayfield, KY
Summer Music Fest - Mayfield, KY
Free concert every Saturday night during June & July. A variety of music from gospel, bluegrass, blues, country & a cappella fills the air during the summer. Bring your own lawn chair.
For more information contact www.visitmayfieldgraves.org.