Abandoned Kentucky Book

The stunning images found in Abandoned Kentucky offer us a window into our past, showing life in the Bluegrass State as it was back then, and stirring in us a sense of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived.

Go inside the historic Columbia Theatre in downtown Paducah and the shuttered Union Station depot in Henderson. From the Old Crow bourbon distillery along Glenn’s Creek to the Parker Tobacco Company in Maysville and a once-grand farmhouse in McLean County, these photographs showcase the rich history and untold stories of abandoned places from one corner of Kentucky to the other.

Where others may see only decay and rot in these long-forgotten locations, Sherman Cahal, Adam Paris, and Michael Maes see exquisite beauty.

Where To Buy

Abandoned Kentucky can be purchased direct from us or from your local Kentucky bookseller, at Amazon, or at Barnes & Noble today!

Broadway Books1537 Winchester Ave.Ashland
Barnes & Noble1680 Campbell Ln.Bowling Green
Cabin Fever Gifts490 Main St.Calhoun
Barnes & Noble1980 N. Dixie Hwy.Elizabethtown
Rough River State Resort Park450 Lodge Rd.Falls of Rough
St. Clair Motor Lodge13857 Falls of Rough Rd.Falls of Rough
Barnes & Noble7663 Mall Rd. (Florence Square)Florence
Barnes & Noble1932 Pavilion WayLexington
Joseph-Beth Booksellers161 Lexington Green Cir.Lexington
Barnes & Noble801 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.Louisville
Barnes & Noble4100 Summit Plaza Dr.Louisville
Carmichael’s Bookstore1295 Bardstown Rd.Louisville
Carmichael’s Bookstore2720 Frankfort Ave.Louisville
Hill View Farms Store5024 Lee Rudy Rd.Owensboro
Simply Chic Home Accents101 W. 3rd St.Owensboro
Reid’s Orchard4818 KY 144Owensboro
Windy Hollow Restaurants8260 KY 81Owensboro
Niko’s Bakery and Cafe601 Emory Dr.Owensboro
Byron & Barclay121 E. 2nd St. Suite 100Owensboro
✽ indicate locations that have signed copies.

Upcoming Events

Abandoned Kentucky will be featured at:

EventDate and TimeLocation
Kentucky Book FestivalOctober 21Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington


Editorial Reviews


Abandoned Kentucky is equal parts beauty, grit, and just plain COOL. It sits precisely at the intersection of historic preservation and artistic expression. At their essence, these photographs show us the bones of our history and give us a glimpse of ourselves as we were, all while standing on their own as lasting works of art. Excellent!

Steve Shaffer, photographer and Emmy award-winning television producer

Even though the amazing images in Abandoned Kentucky are remnants of these subjects’ best lives, their stories continue to be told with a new focus thanks to this group of talented photographers.

Darlene Mazzone, Columbia Art House Board Chair