What's a Kentucky Home Inspector to do when you gotta go from point A (Richmond, KY) to point B (Nicholasville, KY) with a big river between the two.
Well, I could use the interstate and suffer the traffic of Lexington, KY to get from a home inspection in Richmond, KY to a home inspection in Nicholasville, KY.
Or I could have a peacefull back country experience and see some great Kentucky countryside and Kentucky horse farms.
There is, between the two, the oldest continous operating Ferry in the United States, the Valley View Ferry on Tates Creek Road.
So, that's what I did to get from Point A (my Richmond, KY Home Inspection) to Point B (my Nicholasville, KY Home Inspection.
Very relaxing. Much more so than the hustle and bustle of the interstate and Lexington traffic.
It'll only carry three cars at a time, but traffic there isn't ussually that heavy.
It was great to get a small break from the hustle and bustle.
The ferry was chartered in 1785. It's transported pioneers, Revolutionary War & Civil War soldiers, farmers and business people over its two centuries of operatrion. It is the last ferry left on the Kentucky River and the oldest continuously operating ferry in the United States.
Of course, it does shut down for high water. The top of the blue paint on the right column tower, 18 feet above the base of the tower ( I'm standing at the base to take the pictures) is apparently the high water mark since record keeping began. The actual river level on the day I was there was aboiut 15 feet below the base of the tower. I wouldn't want to be there when the water was WAY up.
Find out more about the Valley View Ferry here: Valley View Ferry Website
Take a break in your day when you get a chance. You never know when the next break is coming.