Welcome

Welcome to the Hemp Highway of Kentucky, the self-directed free tour that gets you off the interstate and rolling through the beautiful Bluegrass countryside.

The Hemp Highway of Kentucky starts with the 12 historical road side markers in 11 Kentucky counties that reference the hemp industry in Kentucky.  11 of these markers are located within 10 contiguous counties stretching through the lush Bluegrass countryside, giving form to the Hemp Highway of Kentucky. These historical markers document key events and characters in the regions rich hemp history from early pioneer days through the mid-20th Century.

The Hemp Highway of Kentucky fleshes out this skeleton by identifying additional sites and attractions in each county that have a connection to the history or future of the hemp industry in the Commonwealth. These sites and attractions range from restored mansions originally built with hemp generated wealth, warehouses and other structures built by pioneers in the hemp industry to businesses and farms run by today’s pioneers in Kentucky’s hemp pilot program.

Finally, watch this site as we begin to color these “pictures” with essays and audio files that help bring the historical characters and events to life.

The Hemp Highway of Kentucky will also serve as a resource for kind places to shop and eat along the way. Look for Hemp Highway of Kentucky gear at our partner businesses and please tell these merchants that you found them in the Hemp Highway of Kentucky.

Finally, the Hemp Highway of Kentucky is sort like a treasure hunt. There will be attractions, sites and stories that you will discover that we have not. Please share these “treasures” with us. If we include them in the tour you will get your free choice of one of our bumper stickers.

So, pick a destination and Hit the highway, the Hemp Highway of Kentucky!

Disclaimer: The Hemp Highway of Kentucky is an educational and entertaining historical tour of Kentucky. We do not promote condone, advocate or encourage any activity illegal in the state of Kentucky. Sometimes we twist the language to attract attention. To quote Mary Poppins, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” The “medicine” is a history lesson, about the vital role hemp played in rapidly transforming frontier into civilization while puns are the “sugar” sprinkled through some of our promotional materials.