*This post was updated on June 10, 2017 and includes additional photographs.
If you’re a regular follower you already know that I’m a huge fan of the Milky Way Farm in Giles County, TN. Hands down it is one of my favorite places on earth. It always has been ever since I first visited the place thirty years ago as a sixteen year old kid. Although I’ve always gone back as often as I can, my husband inspired a Christmas time visit a few years ago which led me to publishing my first book. The book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians,” was a look at an historical Arabian horse breeding program once located on what remains a part of the Milky Way Farm. I lived and worked there during an especially important period of my life. In 2015, I encouraged a group of ladies to go on a trail ride of the Milky Way. Immediately they were as hooked as I was and we quickly agreed to make the trip an annual one. The following pictorial post includes photographs taken during return visits to the farm in 2013, 2015, and 2016. We are already planning to ride it again! If you’ve never visited before you should run, not walk, to take a visit! I’ve provided descriptions of photographs where appropriate. After viewing them I just know you’ll want to see the Milky Way Farm in person!
Photos & Videos from our Summer 2017 Milky Way Farm Trail Ride
End entrance to the ruins of Sheep Barn #3.
Exterior view of the ruins of Sheep Barn #3.
This photo was taken at the end entrance of the ruins of the Crooked Sheep Barn (Sheep Barn #1).
End view of the ruins of Crooked Sheep Barn (Sheep Barn #1).
Exterior view of a section of the ruins of the Crooked Sheep Barn (Sheep Barn #1).
Riding through the ruins of Sheep Barn #2. I have also seen this barn identified as a former cattle barn.
Scenic view #1 taken near the ruins of the Crooked Sheep Barn (Sheep Barn #1).
Scenic view #2 taken near the ruins of the Crooked Sheep Barn (Sheep Barn #1).
Scenic view #3 taken near the ruins of the Crooked Sheep Barn (Sheep Barn #1).
Scenic overlook near the mausoleum site.
Scenic overlook on the trail.
View of a pond along the trail.
Overlooking a trail.
View of what remains of the former 5/8’s mile Show Horse Track.
Photos from Our Summer 2016 Milky Way Farm Trail Ride
Beautiful pond on the Milky Way Farm property.
What remains of the mausoleum where Frank Mars was originally laid to rest.
We saw ten deer during our visit including these two fawns.
Remains of the mausoleum.
One of the gate entries to the mausoleum.
Another gate entry to the mausoleum.
Another view of the mausoleum.
No visit to the Milky Way is complete with seeing the Manor or Club House.
Resting after a long day’s ride in front of the Milky Way Farm’s Manor or Club House.
The Chandelier Barn so named for the chandeliers that once adorned this beautiful old barn.
Built on an angle, one cannot view this barn from one end to the other. This is a view taken from one entrance to the Chandelier Barn.
Neat old stalls in Chandelier Barn.
One of the entrances to the Chandelier Barn.
One of my favorite pictures taken during today’s ride. If you look across the fields into the distance you can see a back view of the Milky Way Farms Manor or Club House.
I have not been able to confirm this but I am told this structure was originally a hay barn that was destroyed by fire in the 1970’s. Beautiful still with the stark walls still standing.
Another view of the hay barn remains.
Photos from a Second Milky Way Farm Visit in 2016 (December)
View #1 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm.
View #2 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm.
View #3 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm.
View #4 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm.
View #5 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm.
View #6 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm.
Photos from Our 2015 Milky Way Farm Trail Ride
Just one of many beautiful barns located on the farm.
Scenes from along the trail.
Riding the mile race track.
The Club House.
The Galaxy Barn now renamed the Chandelier Barn.
Visiting the barn where I once worked.
Inside the Galaxy or Chandelier Barn.
Indoor arena in a barn I dearly love.
December 2013 Visit to the Milky Wary Farm
The Milky Way Farm Club House.
1940 KY Derby Winner, Gallahadion.
Historic, custom dining room table.
Views of the barn that is responsible, at least in part, for making me who I am today.
Another one of the beautiful barns where I once worked.
Three stallions died in a horrific 1989 barn fire. This stone marks, located outside the stone barn, marks their grave.
Galaxy or Chandelier Barn.
Where restored or dilapidated, I find the barns that make up the Milky Way Farm breathtaking.
Milky Way Farm worker houses from the Great Depression.
Entrance to the Milky Way Farm.
This barn can be seen along the highway. In books written about the Milky Way it goes by many different names. Regardless, even in present condition, it is magnificent.