By Reva Schottenstein
One of the things I love about living in Lexington is that you can drive less than 30 minutes in any direction and find a charming little town to explore. One of the closest and most charming towns in the heart of the bluegrass is Midway. Midway is just a twenty minute drive down Leestown Road. With its lovely Victorian homes and quaint Main Street shopping district, Midway is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon.
The town was founded in the mid nineteenth century as a railroad town and still maintains this status, as cargo trains continue to pass through Main Street multiple times a day. An entire afternoon can be spent wandering through Midway’s galleries and boutiques. With three different galleries and about a half dozen antique shops, Midway is the place to find unique local art and antiques to add that “only in Kentucky” flair to your home’s décor.
My favorite of the antique shops is Calamity Jane Primitives. This shop offers well-preserved antique home décor. Meandering through Calamity Jane Primitives can feel as though you are walking through a museum, with the items laid out together so intentionally. It is a unique trip through time from which you can take pieces back home.
Among the shops along Main Street there are also several great places to find refreshments. Midway can satisfy any hunger from chili dogs and milkshakes at Railroad Drug and Old Time Soda to fine dining at Heirloom. Two of the restaurants in town, Grey Goose and Darlin Jean’s Apple Cobbler Café both have plenty of outdoor seating, which you can’t beat on a spring or summer evening.
Midway’s treasures are not only to be found on Main Street. Be sure you spend some time walking or driving around the town to view the beautiful architecture of Midway’s homes. With quiet roads, Midway is very walkable. The homes that makeup the town’s neighborhood are beautiful examples of Victorian architecture with gabled roofs, gingerbread trim, and large front porches. There are also small historic shotgun houses, which have been lovingly restored.
Midway, in the heart of the Bluegrass, is an example of what gives this area so much of its character. The town is a living and breathing representation of the value that Kentuckians have for heritage and history.
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