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Welcome to Rockcastle County, Kentucky
While visiting a local car show, or whatever brings our friends to this area, we want to make them feel right at home.  For this reason, we provide a list of attractions and contact information for places to stay, eat, and relax.
We welcome you and hope you enjoy your visit.
Charlie Napier, DJ to the Cars
Brodhead, Kentucky
Telephone 606-758-8993
 Mt. Vernon Area Map
 Rockcastle County


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Click on the logo or click here to visit the website of Renfro Valley for the best in Country Music with Star performances.  While in the area, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Renfro Valley Barndance and Shows are a must to see.  Visit the village, gristmill and stay in the RV Park!

Renfro Valley (Home of the DJ)

 

Bittersweet Cloggers started in Rockcastle in 1986.  The group has had three team leaders:Ruth Allen who now lives in Florida, John VanWinkle who currently lives in the area, and Shari Proctor, who is current leader, still resides here in Rockcastle. Contact this group at smproctor@kih.net or phone 606-758-8076.  Rt. Box 455 Brodhead, Ky 40409
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Attractions
Telephone

Rockcastle County Public Library
606-256-2388
Hiatt's 5 & 10 is surely missed.  The one stop place for many kinds of crafts, school supplies, or great gift ideals.  Billy Hiatt was a friend and a client of mine at WRVK radio back in the day.
 Hiatt's 5 & 10 Pic
Renfro Valley Barn Dance
606-256-2664
Old Barn Dance Pic.
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
 800-765-7464
 Rockcastle Tourism Commission                   800-252-6685
 Rockcastle Regional Hospital-Proudly serving our region.
               Rockcastle Regional is proudly serving our community and has a world renouned respiratory care center.
 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum                   877-356-3263
 KY Music Hall of Fame  Pic.
 Tourist Information Guide
 Bradley KinKaid


Renfro Valley Settlesment seen as you come into the valley for some real country music.
                 
This tiny village captures a look back at the past as small settlements sprung up along the way going West.  Here you can see the Burley Tobacco growing in the village.  Stop in when you visit Renfro Valley.
 Rockcastle Trading Company alway a great stop over off interstate 75 at exit 59.
                  606-843-0854
 Trading Company-Livingston  Pic.
 Brush Arbor                  888-229-0797
 Rockcastle Country Club The Rockcastle Country Club offers  golf, swimming, and a place for the community to meet for special occasions.  Located about 4 miles West on US 150 from Mt. Vernon.
  Renfro Grissmill located next to the village..Campers, check out creekside camping now in Renfro Valley. 
Our store offers a wide variety of different items, including R.V. camping supplies, tobacco products, snacks, soft drinks, delicious old-fashioned hand-dipped ice cream,  jams and jellies, honey, sorghum molasses, country ham, and of course    authentically stone ground corn meal made right here at our own working gristmill. Put Rockcastle on you list of places to stop.606-256-0821
Mountain Spring Water
We offer the worlds finest spring water from King Bottling, Inc. of Climax, KY..Located in the foothills of Rockcastle . Contact David King at 606-256-4142.
Picture of Springs
WRVK Radio 1460 AM and W249DT 97.7 FM Radio

Stop by for a visit on Red Foley Drive in Renfro Valley.
Online around the world

Come Visit the radio where it all started for me in the early 70s.  WRVK is owned by Charles and Bobby Saylor who have put this station on the map by playing Classic Country, Rock and Gospil.  I am employed there as sales Mgr. and Disc Jockey on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Noon till Six...  On the Web at www.wrvk1460.com

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Local Weather Conditions in Mt. Vernon, KY

Motels in Rockcastle County
When you make your visit, this is a list of places to stay as compiled by Rockcastle Tourism.
Campground Locations
Campsites that are available. (compiled by Rockcastle Tourism)
Shopping
Shopping spots around Rockcastle County. (compiled by Rockcastle Tourism.


Rember the Five & Dime-Check in to Hiatt's Five & Dime, downtown Mt. Vernon.  Now Amburgey Law Office
                 606-256-2691
Bittersweet Cabin Museum-Artifacts dating back to the 1700s                  800-252-6685
Cox Hardware-Friendly service and nastalgia makes this 100 year old hardware a must stop to visit.  Been out of business for awhile, but was the best stop for hardware or specialty items like getting a screen repaired.
 
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 Jim Cox-Owner
Cedar Rapids Golf Course-A challenging semi-private nine hole course.  Hwy. 150                   606-256-4112
Rockcastle River Trading Company-Nearly 50 years ago the Carloftis family opened their business on the banks of the Rockcastle River, surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest.                 606-843-0854
Trading Company-Livingston
 Rockcastle River In the Southern end of Rockcastle County, near Livingston, you'll find camping on the river, canoeing, and shady fishing.  If you love the outdoors, you'll really enjoy this peaceful part of our county.
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Restaurants
Telephone
Wendy's Restaurant Exit 62
606-256-5611
 Wendy's Mt. Vernon
KFC Exit 62
606-256-4910
KFC, Mt. Vernon
Hardee's Exit 62
606-256-4702
McDonald's Exit 62
606-256-3753
Pizza Hut Exit 59
606-256-4713
Snack Shack Mt Vernon
606-256-2212
Marcella's Farm to Fork
                     Located on new US 150
Limestone Grill
                      Located US 25 on the hill at Exit 62
Brodhead Dari Delite
606-758-8814
 Brodhead Dari Delight




  Rockcastle County Schools Check out the Rockcastle County Schools via the web.
Rockcastle County High School Rockcastle County Schools offers this community and  industry looking to locate here a state of the art educational program with highly trained educators instructing all children to meet the challenges of the future.  Call John Hale Principal at 606-256-4816
WRVK AM, FM and online
Country Around the world here...click, click
Owned and operated by Charles Saylor  and Bobbie Saylor.  WRVK 1460 am or 97.7 FM and online at www.wrvk1460.com  plays the traditional songs of the past as well as a touch of the new.  Pete Stamper( Picture ) Deceased 2020, Jerry Pensol is on mornings and Country Charlie is on afternoons noon till 6:00 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Phone 606-256-2147.  Country and Rocking Charlie Napier (Pictures) on the afternoon drive from 12:00pm till 6:00pm Monday through Wednesday .
Mt. Vernon Signal  Serving Rockcastle Co. Since 1887

 About one-fourth of the county is in Daniel Boone National Forest. The most interesting geological feature is probably the Great Saltpeter Cave, which produced an important ingredient for gunpowder in the War of 1812.  READ MORE HERE
Daniel Boone Forest, Great Saltpeter Cave, and Trailtown in Livingston, KY
About one-fourth of the county is in Daniel Boone National Forest. The most interesting geological feature is probably the Great Saltpeter Cave, which produced an important ingredient for gunpowder in the War of 1812.  READ MORE HERE
 Ann Lair Henderson Ann Lair Henderson is the daughter of the late John Lair.  Anne still plays a very active roll in the development of Renfro Valley.  Ann and Joe operated the barn dance for several years.  Ann would say, "Welcome to Renfro Valley."
 Pete Stamper(Deceased) Pete Stamper was a mentor for me, and I owe him much for all his help and direction.  Pete was master of ceremonies, Disc Jockey, comedian, stage manager for Dolly Parton for a time, worked the Sunday Morning Gathering for many years, and did hundreds of bookings across the country.  Pete Currently works for the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and is morning DJ for WRVK Radio Station located on Red Foley Drive. Pete has written a book called, "It All Happened In Renfro Valley". You can get your copy by calling him. Phone 606-256-4634
 Tourism Task Force This task force has set about getting a sign at the entrance of Mt. Vernon off US 25.  Top Row: Susan Laws, Charlie Napier  Second Row:Ann Lair Henderson, Martha Cox,  and Judy Duerson.  Not seen are Vicki Cox, Jerry Pensol, Lawrence Bullock, and Danny Settles.  For a donation to the task force call Susan Laws at 606-256-9814.
Rockcastle County's Red Hill Horse Camp.  Eugene & Rosalind Philbeck 606-758-4706  Red Hill Horse Camp 
Kentucky Gen Website-Rockcastle County
Jennifer Kidwell Fish was a fifth grade student.  Now she takes the lead in developing this exciting website about our roots in Rockcastle County.

 

A few photos from History.

1.    The old Rockcastle County Courthouse Circa 1950.
2.    Renfro Valley Settlement - How It Was Then!
3.    The Renfro Valley Lodge in the 1950's.
4.    Renfro Valley Barn Dance
5.    Old Renfro Valley Barn
6.    Brown Memorial School, Rockcastle County, KY
7.    Old Peoples Bank of Mount Vernon
8.    Langdon Memorial School, Williams St.  This postcard dated 1922.
9.    Old Mount Vernon Graded & High School
10.  Do you remember this one? (Gregory's Old Hotel)
11.  Log Cabin Camp, US 150 Brodhead (postcard)
12.  Adams Building, Mount Vernon - This is one of the earlier buildings located at the corner of Church Street and East Main Street in Mount Vernon, KY.  Formerly, there was a skating rink in the basement.  It is the site of the Cincinnati Bargain Store and clothing and dry goods store owned and operated by Harold C. & CLara Mae Jones.  More recent was the operation of  a floral shop in this building.
13.  Covered Bridge in Rockcastle County - The covered bridge is located at Mullins Station, crosses over Roundstone Creek and is owned by a Powder Company.  This bridge did not get listed in the history of Kentucky Covered Bridges by Vernon White, since it does not have wooden trusses.  However, it remains today a landmark to Rockcastle County, KY.


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