Heroes and Horses: Tales of the Bluegrass

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Heroes and Horses presents a series of delightful vignettes evoking a way of life almost beyond recall. Bourbon County, the touchstone for Ardery's life, is the center that holds together the tales in this collection. Stories about Ardery's family home, Rocclicgan, boyhood activities on the farm, and the servants' kitchen gossip paint vivid portraits of a lost time in Kentucky's history. Ardery gives us a personal account of the rise and fall of Edward F. Prichard, Jr., whose life seems something of a Greek tragedy. We hear the story of Reuben Hutchcraft, the county's greatest hero of World War I. We learn the history of Barton Stone and the Cane Ridge Meeting House, where the Disciples of Christ denomination was born before the Civil War. And in one of the most moving stories in the book, Ardery tells of his respect and admiration for the wisdom of Cap'n, a former slave who worked on the family's farm during Ardery's boyhood.

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About the Author:

Philip Ardery (1914–2012) was a decorated veteran of World War II and a Louisville lawyer. His also wrote Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II.

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"The real juice in this book is in Ardery's recollections of farm life, the people of the farms, and the history and atmosphere of Bourbon County."―John Ed Pearce

"Ardery writes about his family and his boyhood, portraits of a time gone by when life was gentler and far more respectable. He picked his topics well and set about to tell each story in a way to please anyone with even a passing interest in Kentucky."―Louisville Courier Journal

"Ardery's description of growing up as the son of a gentleman farmer-attorney is so vivid and loving you'll feel you are roaming through the woods and fields in his shoes."―Spur Magazine

"Well-written, with a genuine human appeal."―Thomas D. Clark

"The Bluegrass is indeed fortunate to have produced someone who captures its rich legacy as capably as Ardery."―Georgia Historical Quarterly

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