Cartwright Grove is an 1880s reenactment western town. The idea for the town stemmed from a family tradition dating back to the 1960s in our community. At that time there was a Christmas attraction in the county called Cartwright Farm that was a small western town. During the holiday season, people would travel from great distances to enjoy the festivities of the town. There were blue Christmas lights, live animals, music & refreshments available at the farm. For many local families, it was a yearly tradition to visit the Cartwright Farm.
In more recent years, it was suggested by community members that recreating the Cartwright Farm would be an excellent opportunity to provide a new attraction to Graves County and it would offer future generations the chance to experience a new form of family fun. And so the Cartwright Grove project began.
The process of designing and building began in July of 2014 with the establishment of the first two buildings, Kirby's General Store & Billy's Barber Shop. The next year the jail, bank & hotel were built. There was an outpouring of community support for the project. Local merchants helped by discounting supplies, members of the community volunteered their time/labor to help, and students from Graves County and Mayfield High School used their trade knowledge of electricity and welding to assist in construction of the town.
We are listed on the Kentucky Tourism website as one of the places to see when traveling through our great state.
Today, our town consists of a total of 13 buildings. Future projects will include 2 final buildings and a water tower. Upon completion of the town, there will be a total of 6,185 square feet within the buildings.
The intent of Cartwright Grove is to create a family oriented environment including campfires, music, and just good clean fun. The town is wheelchair accessible and at the present time, receives an average of 3,500 visitors a year. The Grove hosts events multiple times a year. Some events that we've hosted are the Wild West Days during the fair, Antique Tractor Shows, the Haunted Fall Festival (for 3 weekends in October), and Christmas at Cartwright Grove during the month of December. We've also host events for our local children during the holidays that included Santa, crafts, and refreshments.