Annual Herbst Tour in Camp Springs Takes Visitors Back in Time

The mere mention of Camp Springs and its “Herbst Tour” will attract returning tourists and first-time guests and families to the rural and historical valley of picturesque Camp Springs, Kentucky during the 9th Annual Herbst (Autumn) Tour on Sunday, October 18 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. The entire Herbst Tour offers visitors a free self-guided auto tour that highlights the many historical and cultural features of the region.

Starting the tour is as easy as picking up the complimentary Herbst Tour brochure and map at the Camp Springs Fire House at 6844 Four Mile Road. The brochure includes a short description of each of the stops and the business listing of those whose support makes this free tour possible

Your visit includes active agricultural farms and gardens, horse farms and a wide array of locally owned merchants that are part of this tranquil community. For added convenience, food, refreshments and restrooms are available at many tour stops.    

But the Herbst Tour would not be complete without experiencing the preservation of Camp Springs’ most noted group of historical and renowned stone masonry houses, one of the largest collection within the Midwest region. These Camp Springs dwellings were constructed during the mid 1800’s by German immigrants and vintners from the Rhine River wine districts who viewed this pristine valley as its newly-discovered American home.  

Older area historians also note Camp Springs’ prominence during the early days of its establishment for its achievements in wine making and its ultimate distribution of wine throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the entire nation. Present owners of the area’s wineries, vineyards and stone houses continue to capture the significance of Camp Springs’ historical contribution to the region. Many of these properties were added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Also, experience the unique southern hospitality and artistic treasures present in the historic churches that have served the faith-based community of Camp Springs for over 170 years.   

To contact one of the tour organizers prior to or during your visit, please contact Sharon Ramler at 859-760-3500 or Rose Chalk at 859-240-4010.  For more information, visit www.campsprings.com and like us on Facebook at Camp Springs Herbst Tour.       

The Camp Springs Herbst Tour is organized in cooperation with the Camp Springs Initiative (CSI) a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.  

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