Winchester-Clark County Tourism Director Nancy Turner was bred for what she does. As an eighth-generation Clark Countian, she lives in her family’s home that was built in 1792.
After studying at Western Kentucky University, she worked for several museums and returned to Winchester as the first director of the Bluegrass Heritage Museum.
“The tourism director position became available and that offered me the opportunity to work with numerous organizations simultaneously to promote a community that I love,” she said.
Her deep Clark County roots give her just the insight needed to promote the community and draw visitors from around the world.
Winchester Living magazine talked with Turner about what she loves about Winchester and what anyone visiting needs to see and experience.
WL: What do you love most about your job?
NT: I love meeting new people and seeing Winchester and Clark County through fresh eyes. People would be surprised by how many tourists stop in our office. They are excited to see what we have to offer as a community and are very complimentary of their visits.
WL: Besides your job as tourism director, in what other ways are you active in the community?
NT: I serve on the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival Committee, Farm to Table committee, BPAC, Clark Community Foundation Board and the Downtown Development Plan Committee. I serve on the Chamber of Commerce and Heritage Commission boards in an exo-ficio capacity.
I also volunteer for Main Street Winchester, the Bluegrass Heritage Museum and numerous events throughout the year.
WL: What is your favorite thing to do in Winchester-Clark County?
NT: My very favorite thing to do is sit on my front porch and drink coffee with my husband, enjoy the sounds of nature and piddle in my garden.
I love to stroll around downtown and enjoy the architecture and know that it looks almost the same as it did 150 years ago. We are blessed with an intact downtown that many communities have long since lost. I’m pleased to say we have a lot of good things happening in our downtown — many long-standing businesses, a newly-renovated theater, a top-notch history museum, great shopping and dining venues and a lot more to come!
WL: What is your favorite time of year here?
NT: I’m pretty partial to spring.
Everything is coming to life. The beautiful trees budding on Boone Avenue and the Thomson Neighborhood are breathtaking. The wildflowers are blooming along the river, Lower Howard’s Creek and the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro.
It’s a nice reward for a cold and gloomy winter!
WL: If you were going to introduce someone to Winchester-Clark County for the first time, what places, faces or activities would you tell them not to miss?
NT: I’d start them off with an ice cold Ale-8-One, a little beer cheese and send them on a cell phone tour of downtown. During their tour, they should stop by and pick up a local handmade item at the Artisan Gifts & Gallery or Dirty South Pottery, and visit one of our great antique stores or boutiques to purchase a souvenir of their visit. This also gives them a great opportunity to meet some of our friendly shop owners.
Then, on to the museum for a historical overview of the area and off to the river for a canoe trip. It’s pretty humbling being on a little boat floating among the palisades.
So much history transpired along the banks of Boonesborough, it’s truly overwhelming to think about. §