Seniors Drop By Greenville

Greenville_9As travel editor of,  I am continually searching for some of the Best Small Towns in America. When I input Kentucky, up came Greenville, the county seat in Muhlenberg County with a population that runs close to 4,500.  Senior travelers will find Greenville nestled among the hills and valleys of western Kentucky’s coal field region.

Formed in 1798 from the neighboring counties of Logan and Christian, Muhlenberg County was named after General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, a clergyman, a soldier, and a politician of the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Post-Revolutionary eras.

Founded in 1799, Greenville is an idyllic small American town renowned for its warm Southern hospitality. Greenville’s picturesque and historic town square is the location of a beautiful Beaux-Arts style courthouse built in 1907. It  features the state’s second largest bell tower dome and the biggest pre-fabricated cupola in the whole country.

Seniors Enjoy Greenville’s Festivals


Greenville’s quaint downtown is fast becoming known for its festivals which include Saturdays on the Square,  a series of summertime events, and an outdoor art festival Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar and Fall Festival. Events are held throughout the year with a summer concert series voted a Top Ten Event by the Kentucky Travel Industry.

Greenville was settled in 1799 on an estate donated by local landowner William Campbell in order to establish a seat of government for a new county. I always like to know the derivation of a town’s name. The city was probably named for the Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene.

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Local lore holds it was named by Campbell’s wife after the abundant green forests seen from the town’s hilltop location. Being a Master Gardener myself, I have always loved the color green and would enjoy visiting Greenville Kentucky.

Seniors Hike The Rail Trail

Senior hikers, toss in your boots as the Muhlenberg County Rail Trail is a paved trail following an old Paducah and Louisville railway route between Central City and Greenville. This trail is open to pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle traffic.

If you enjoy indoor quad racing, hop on board a racer and scoot around the track. If you prefer horses, Steve Newman & Darrel Townsend monthly horse and tack sale is the 3rd Saturday of each month.  For the 2016 season concerts will take place in the front of the courthouse on the veranda formed by the steps.


The Spring Victorian Tea is held each year and can give senior visitors a glimpse of what it would be like to attend a traditional Victorian afternoon tea. Thistle Cottage, which was built soon after the end of the Victorian era, is decorated appropriately with photos and fresh flowers. Attendees are treated to a light meal and a variety of carefully chosen teas.

Looks like a great place to spend some time. Seniors, set your GPS for Greenville and enjoy some great southern cooking in the local restaurants. -jeb

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