Kentucky : Safety by City
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If you love bluegrass music or aren’t sure if you love bluegrass music, you need to visit Rosine, Kentucky.
This is where the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, is from, and his musical stylings still hang in the air today.
Rosine isn’t just a tourist destination.
It’s the pilgrimage of bluegrass lovers from far and wide.
Jody Flener, the Executive Director of Ohio County’s Tourism Commission, told Lexington station FOX56, “I have actually seen people get out and kiss the ground.
It’s sort of the Memphis of Bluegrass.”
The population of this city is only 100 people, but that explodes tenfold just about every Friday night when the Rosine Barn has bands play free concerts to a house so packed that some people listen from lawn chairs in the parking lot.
You won’t find a police department or city hall here.
All the leadership comes from either nearby Beaven Dam (commonly referred to as “The Dam”) or Ohio County, Kentucky.
While Rosine is a very small town near other bigger small towns, it is still less than an hour from Owensboro.
It’s also close to some of the best hunting and hunting tourism groups you can find in the bluegrass state.
Now, don’t go thinking this isn’t a place worth visiting.
Even the New York Times called it “one of the best places to go” in 2016.
If that’s not validation, I don’t know what is!
Warnings & Dangers in Rosine
OVERALL RISK : LOW
You literally have a better chance of a deer jumping in front of your car than being a victim of a crime here. The crime rates are low throughout Ohio County as well.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
You'll need a car to visit Rosine, although some people opt to get a charter bus when traveling in large groups from bigger cities. There's a low risk you'll find a ride other than your own rental car. Once you're in the city, it's pretty walkable.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
When the Rosine Barn gets going, you want to make sure your valuables are locked away so you can tap and clap and dance. However, the theft risk is low, even in the entire county with no pickpockets reported in 2020.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
This is one heck of medium risk, especially since Rosine is in the middle of the wilderness. Tornados, severe thunderstorms, and winter storms can isolate the city and the surrounding roads unpassable.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
You've got a low risk here too. Just two robberies were reported in the whole county in 2020.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
While I doubt terror groups are big fans of bluegrass music, they aren't going to target this small town. You're far away from any major city too, so the risk is very low.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
You don't have to worry about scams here. This is a town where everyone knows everyone, and nobody is trying to scam the tourists that keep the city alive.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women can experience Rosine with low risk, but there's really nothing to do here if you don't love bluegrass music, hunting, or fishing.
TAP WATER RISK : LOW
The overall risk is low, but there was a water quality violation in early 2021. The water utility addressed it and fixed the problem. A warning was sent out to residents once the issue was identified, and there hasn't been a violation since.
Safest Places to Visit in Rosine
The Bil Monroe Museum is a long time overdue, and many bluegrass fans never got to experience this since it just opened in 2018.
It’s filled with artifacts, memorabilia, and several photo ops set up.
Nearby, you visit Uncle Pen’s Cabin, which is a museum in its own right, albeit smaller than the main museum.
This is a replica of the cabin where Monroe lived with his uncle just before he turned 18.
The Rose Barn Jamboree is a restaurant, souvenir shop, and lively music joint.
On Friday evenings from April through December, you can listen to the best bluegrass you’ll ever hear and meet people from all over the world who come to hear this sacred Kentucky sound.
A little outside of town, people pay homage to the Monroe Homeplace at Jerusalem Ridge.
This is where the Monroe family started. Monroe even paid tribute to this site in his song “I’m On My Way Back to the Old Home.”
A bluegrass festival is held here each year.
The home sits on 800 acres once used for Monroe family hunting adventures.
The Rosine Cemetery is where Monroe and several family members, including Uncle Pen, are laid to rest.
There are large tributes to the family, and this is another popular, though somber, tour of the Bluegrass founder’s hometown.
Kentucky Trophy Deer and Racknine Outdoors are two nearby hunting experiences that can last up to five days.
These hunting packages are all-inclusive, but they’re going to set you back a couple of thousand dollars on average.
(NOTE: I am not a hunter, so I have no idea if that’s a good deal or not.)
The hunting properties promise a unique experience with trophy deer.
Places to Avoid in Rosine
There isn’t a place in Rosine you should, or can, avoid.
It’s a very small town with just the above-listed handful of things to see and do.
If it wasn’t for Monroe’s musical legend, I’m not sure the world would even know Rosine existed.
The people here are very friendly and will go out of their way to tell you stories about the Monroe family.
Kentuckians speak in their own form of a Southern drawl.
Remember, while you are visiting here, you are the one who “talks funny”, not them.
A few sayings to know before you go include:
- “I reckon you should go” = I think you should go
- “Jerusalem Ridge is over yonder.” = Look at a map because there isn’t a place called “Yonder” to go over.
- “Were you raised in a barn?” = Not a serious question. They want you to close the door because you’re letting the heat/AC out.
- “Full as a tick on a coon hound’s back.” = This means you’ve eaten a lot and can’t eat anymore.
- “You look high falutin!” = You are way too dressed up.
- “Yun’to to go see the museum?” = Contraction of “Do You Want To” as in “Do you want to go see the museum?”
Safety Tips for Traveling to Rosine
- You’ll be in a remote location during your visit here, and you should download the CodeRED app to stay aware of county weather and other types of emergencies.
- Check your mobile provider’s coverage map to know where you’ll reach possible dead zones on your way to Rosine. Having a hot spot could be helpful in this area. You should also bring a battery-powered weather radio, so you don’t miss mobile alerts about severe weather.
- You’ll need bug spray when spending time in the wilderness here. Ticks are a problem too, so if you can wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, that will help reduce the risk of ticks embedding in your skin. You should still do a full body scan when you return to your room for the day to make sure there aren’t any stuck.
- Don’t bring marijuana into Ohio County. Even if you have a medical reason for it. Kentucky is one of the strictest states in the country regarding the possession and use of marijuana, and looking at the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, it’s clear they don’t give warnings for this kind of thing.
- You’ll need a hunting license from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife if you want to participate in one of the excursions. Some of the groups will help you get the license and make sure it’s not included in the price of the package before you buy your own.
- Anglers need a license as well. There are special permits for certain types of fish that will cost extra, so review all the options before you purchase. You can’t fish anywhere in the state without a Kentucky license.
- If there is a winter storm bearing down on the date you are supposed to visit Rosine, strongly consider rescheduling. Ice and sleet can accompany winter storms. The roads can be almost impossible to navigate, especially in the rural Rosine area.
- When you get to Rosine, ask where the tornado shelters are the first thing. It’s such a small town, and there aren’t going to be a lot of options, but you need to know where to go if the weather turns violent.
- When you are visiting any of the Monroe attractions, don’t take anything. Of course, you know better than to take a piece of memorabilia, but that goes for rocks, wildflowers, and plants. Leave everything as you found it.
- Do not drive distracted or when you’re tired. The roads here are narrow and winding in some places, and you’ll be sharing the road with farm equipment and semis. Never pass unless you have a dotted white line on your side of the road.
So... How Safe Is Rosine Really?
Rosine is so small there aren’t crime statistics for it, but even reviewing the past few years of news articles about it shows very little crime activity outside of drug crimes or car accidents.
While there were just a handful of car break-ins in 2020 across Ohio County, there were 35 car thefts.
You should never leave a car unlocked or with the windows rolled down.
Don’t create a crime of opportunity.
Practice the same safety techniques as if you were in a big, dangerous city.
The biggest risk in this area is the weather.
Tornadoes can happen any time of year, and a notable series of tornadoes can through this region in December of 2021.
Spring is the most likely time for tornadoes.
Winter storms with ice create all kinds of problems, and not just on the roads.
When ice or heavy snow accumulates on branches, it can cause the branches to fall onto power lines.
This can leave people in the dark and cold for days on end.
Overall, if you’re following safety steps related to criminal risks and weather risks, you will have a great time dancing to bluegrass music and walking in the footsteps of a legend.
How Does Rosine Compare?
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- Visas - You'll need a work or travel visa to enter the United States. The process can take several months and cost you about $160. You only need to show your visa at the airport and can travel freely throughout Kentucky without having to show proof.
- Currency - You can only use the U.S. Dollar here, and while many of the attractions are free, you'll want some spending cash for places that don't accept credit cards. Be sure to exchange currency at the airport because you won't be able to in Rosine.
- Weather - Winter visitors should bring warm outerwear, especially if they are hunting. While snow storms aren't all that common, there are generally 2-3 per year. Spring and fall can be a mixed bag of temperatures. Different layers of clothing will help with the temperature swings. Summer is going to be hot and very humid. Bring bug spray and sunscreen. You don't have to dress up here, so bring casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes.
- Airports - The Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport is about 45 minutes northwest. Louisville International Airport is about two hours northeast. Nashville's airport is about two hours south.
- Travel Insurance - Travel insurance will cover a wide array of things that go wrong, from weather delays at the airport to an accident on the roads to injuries in the wilderness.
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