The late Abe Lemons was one of the most quoted college basketball coaches in the history of the game. He was both humorous and insightful. For example, he said, “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.”
Perhaps he was right, because this week on Kentucky’s Backroads, we visit a Jackson County retiree who’s still hard a work. We call his place Travis’ Town.
"Built it from the ground up, rafters, roof and all, nobody reaching up to me,” Travis Sparks told me as we strolled through the historical village he has built in a peaceful Jackson County valley north of McKee.
He began working on the replica 1920’s and ‘30’s village in 1992, not long after his wife passed away. "I thought, well, I need to occupy my time so I think I will just start building things like they were when I was a boy."
He calls himself mayor of the town, which he has named Oakwood Acres. We’d love to tell you a lot more, but why not just watch our story and see for yourself. And by the way, if you want to visit yourself, Mr. Sparks would be happy to give you a tour. He just asks that you call first to make sure he’ll be there.
His number is 606-287-7936.
The kicker to the story, he’s 90 and says he’ll keep working, every day, until he’s at least a hundred on his village, which now includes two dozen buildings, stuffed with stuff from way back when.