Attractions Open to the Public
106 Brewer Dr.
Central City Kentucky businessman Clarence Brewer Jr. began the construction of his racing enterprise, Brewco Motorsports, in 1994 with one racecar and a small shop. Now he begins his 11th season as a car owner in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division. Visitors are welcome at Brewco Motorsports and can go on a self-guided tour of the Motorsports shop where cars are being completed for each race. It's not unusual for visitors to watch the assimilation of the car and the process of bodywork and detail given to each car. The race car team transporters are also an added attraction along with the trophy room that houses many wins. Visitors can also purchase souvenirs in the gift shop, and meet the staff who are always happy to provide answers to any question that guests might have.
Paradise Park Museum Complex is
a full size coal mining town from the 1920s era. The complex celebrates
Muhlenberg's once world class coal mining as well as some of the old
country homes, schools and musical traditions. The late Merle Travis
birthplace, which contains his memorabilia is housed in the complex.
Located between Greenville and Central City Kentucky, the museum complex
is also the site of the two-day international thumb picking event that
begins the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend.
Springridge School, was located off River Road in Central City. It is a two room school house that was built in 1935. It was the first structure to be moved to Paradise Park. Today it contains articles and antiques from Muhlenberg County’s past.
The Hall of Fame Stage is located in the museum complex and is complete with a small dressing room and a sound and equipment room. In 2001 concerned thumb pickers (via the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame) met and agreed to underwrite the cost of a stage, which was estimated to run around $5,000. When completed in 2002, the cost --after donations of materials and labor—was just over $1,700. “Pickin’ in the Park” is held every Friday night June-September.
The Coal Mines Shotgun House was the second structure moved to the Paradise Park area. The shotgun house, formerly a company house, was furnished to coal mining families who worked at the local mines.
Merle Travis Birthplace
The Four Legends Fountain is a tribute to four great guitarists (Kennedy Jones, Ike Everly, Mose Rager, Merle Travis), who used the thumb picking style of guitar playing. The fountain stands in Drakesboro, KY near Highway 176.
122 South Cherry St.
The Duncan Cultural Center
located at 122 South Cherry Street in Greenville, KY was built in
1912. It is the only stucco mansion with spectacular leaded-glass
windows typical of the Arts and Crafts Movement of that time. Donated
by the Hamilton Duncan family of Duncan coal mines, the center serves as
a museum of local culture, agriculture, coal mining, religion, arts and
crafts, community activity center, and a sponsor of various programs
such as the
119 N. Main St.
Muhlenberg Community Theatre Inc., located at 120 North Main Street in Greenville, is listed under the National Register of Historic Places and presented silent movies and vaudeville acts in the early 1900's. The theatre closed in 1970 and was later used as a wrestling arena. In 1983, a group of interested citizens purchased the establishment and converted it into a stage performance theatre. On February 25, 1999 its grand reopening took place after extensive renovation/restoration in 1998.
Luke's Town and Country Flea Market Inc. located at 2006 US Highway 62 W. in Greenville, KY is open every Monday afternoon and every Tuesday morning. The market covers 13 acres with 50 dealers Monday afternoon and up to 400 dealers on Tuesday morning. The rustic surrounding area is scenic with Lake Malone and many other state parks nearby. There is a real family atmosphere at the flea market and a large antique display and collection to view. Concessions are available. 270-338-4920 or 270-338-6284.
Central City, Kentucky Tourism Commission