A couple of pictures I neglected to put on yesterday’s photoblog include one of the Bruckheimer’s farm. It is difficult to get a picture of their house, so below you will see a photo of the surrounding fields, which includes a barn-like structure in the distance that houses their own private ice-skating rink.
I also forgot to include a picture of the church I attended with my family in my formative years. The Bloomfield Church of God was pastored from the 1960s until just a few years ago by Sister Ruby Richardson (she is now 89 and in a nursing home in Bardstown, KY). This church was my home from the time I entered the second grade until my graduation from high school, and almost everything I learned about God and the Bible until I attended seminary was imparted to me by Sister Ruby and my various Sunday School teachers over the years. For them and their influence, I thank God.
Later on Sunday morning I drove to Bardstown, KY, the county seat of Nelson County, of which Bloomfield is a part. Bardstown is also the home of “My Old Kentucky Home,” about which Stephen Foster penned his famous song. This is now the official state song of Kentucky and Stephen Foster is part of the fabric of life here. In fact, Stephen Foster: the Musical is one of America’s longest running outdoor musicals. Below you will find pictures of Federal Hill (literally “My Old Kentucky Home), the old Nelson County Courthouse (which sits in the middle of the main intersection in Bardstown), and The Old Talbott Tavern (established in the late 1700s). Bardstown is filled with history and certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.
Stephen Foster Pictures
A Grave Marker at Federal Hill
Old Nelson County Courthouse (Two Views)
The Old Talbott Tavern
Though I am already back home, having arrived yesterday evening. I still have some catching up to do when it comes to my recent trip. Hence this post.
After taking some sunrise pictures on Sunday, I went back to Bloomfield, KY (my hometown where my mom still lives) and took some pictures of the downtown. Bloomfield currently has about 850 residents (down from 1100 when I graduated from High School in 1979), and so the downtown is not very large. But Bloomfield does have something unique about it. About half of the the buildings in downtown are now owned by Jerry Bruckheimer and his wife Linda. And yes, I am talking about that Jerry Bruckheimer:
the mega-successful film and TV producer. Just a sampling of his films include “Top Gun,””Flashdance,””Beverly Hills Cop,””Black Hawk Down” and “Coyote Ugly.” Since 2000, he’s conquered the small screen with the hit TV series about forensics, “C.S.I.,” followed by many related series, plus “Without a Trace” and “Cold Case.” Bruckheimer’s foray into reality television sends couples around the globe in “The Amazing Race.”
While I won’t go into detail about how this happened here (you can read more here and here), a few years ago the Bruckheimers bought an old farm on the outskirts of town and then bought several buildings in town and renovated/restored them for their use. They have also bought my old Junior High School and are currently using it, I am told, for storage and as a place where they and their Hollywood buddies (like Bruce Willis) can shoot some baskets in the gym when they are in town.
The town has never looked better. The Bruckheimers have really made a positive contribution to the town, especially with the Olde Bloomfield Meeting Hall, which is a family-style recreation center, where children and their parents can bowl, roller-skate and play pool and pinball.
Below are the pictures I took.
My Old Junior High School Above.