Hopkinsville. Hopkinsville, the sixth largest city in Kentucky, is a thriving small
community with a mall, movie theater, historic performance theater, baseball team (Hoptown Hoppers), dozens of restaurants, a golf course and driving range, and many other community amenities.
The town’s legacy as a stop along the Trail of Tears is commemorated in a park along 9th Street on the Little River. Every September, the Trail of Tears Indian Pow-Wow comes to town, located at the Trail of Tears Park. There is a museum, a sunken amphitheater, a group of plaques explaining and commemorating the great uprooting and journey, and a burial ground, including two important Cherokee Chiefs who
died during the removal – Fly Smith and Whitepath. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Pennyroyal Area Museum, established in October 1975, and opened on July 8, 1976, hosts a wide range of activities in its endeavor to preserve and interpret the past. Exhibits include the night riders of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars; Edgar Cayce, famed local clairvoyant; Jefferson Davis; period room settings; a pioneer bedroom; a miniature circus; antique quilts; black history; historic modes of transportation; as well as historical license plates from Kentucky. Every May, Hopkinsville hosts Little River Days, a 2-day family festival in Merchant Park downtown, involving road running, canoe racing, a bicycle tour, arts and crafts, food vendors and live entertainment. The museum also stages historical pilgrimages, reenactments, and programs across the year, at low or no cost.
During the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 Hopkinsville will be the closest metropolitan area to the expected point of greatest eclipse, which will occur about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the city center. Multiple activities, fairs, and festivals have been scheduled leading up to this event.
Greenville/Muhlenberg County. Historic Muhlenberg County offers multiple points of interests and activities, including Lake Malone State Park in Dunmor, the Muhlenberg County Rail to Trails, 6-mile (9.7 km) converted railroad track running between Central City and Greenville, Brewco Motorsports shop in Central City, Duncan Center Museum & Art Gallery in Greenville, Four Legends Fountain in Drakesboro, Labor Day Cruise-In in Central City, Muhlenberg County Agriculture and Convention Center in Powderly, Paradise Park in Powderly, includes: Coal Mines Shotgun House, Merle Travis Birthplace, Paradise Park Museum, Springridge School, Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro (one of the largest Coal-Fired Power Plants in the United States), Public Boat Launch Ramp along the Green River, Public Fishing Lakes, and the Historic Village of Paradise Cemetery, the only remnant of the village along the Green River.