Tom Richards, professional forester with a
bachelor’s degree in forestry from
The Ohio State University and a
master’s degree in forestry
from the University of Kentucky.
Worked over 5 years as a land manager
in southern Kentucky overseeing 10,000 acres.
Worked 24 years as Procurement Manager
and Head Veneer Log Buyer for
The Freeman Corporation in Winchester, Kentucky.
Laura Freeman is a farm entrepreneur from
east central Kentucky.
She founded The Laura’s Lean Beef Company
in 1985 and was the President and CEO for 23 years.
She has been farming since the autumn of 1981.
In 2016, she started Laura’s Mercantile,
Wildcat Willy’s Distillery and The Moonshine Trail,
and expects these three start-ups, plus the farm,
to keep her busy until she drops.
Her passion, however, is the preservation of Dry Ridge.
The community’s history is fascinating in its detail,
and more broadly reflective of the history of
an African American Community
in a border state during the Civil War and its aftermath.
D.E. Garrett is one of the
descendants of Moses Robinson by way
of the Haggard Heirs branch of the family tree.
Ms. Garrett was born in Mt. Sterling, KY.
During the 80's she lived in Louisville, KY.
After attending Morehead State University
she moved to the California.
Her son, Garrett Large, was born in
Los Angeles, CA in 2002.
She is a freelance photographer
and videographer who has creative roots
in Louisville, New York, and Amsterdam.
Roberta Newell is native Kentuckian who has lived and
breathed history and genealogy literally her whole life.
She is a 1976 graduate of UK
with a degree in Elementary Education.
She is married to her first grade love
and has three children and two grandchildren.
She has worked on family genealogy,
local Clark County history and
old cemeteries since childhood.
She is excited to bring her knowledge to the
Friends of Dry Ridge.
Harry Enoch, a native of Mt. Sterling, KY, trained
as a research biochemist
(PhD, 1975, University of Kentucky). Served in the
101st Airborne Division in Vietnam (1969-70).
Held various research and administrative positions
Kentucky Energy Cabinet, East Kentucky Power
and UK, specializing in areas of environmental health.
After retiring in 2004 has focused on
historic preservation, local history research and writing.
Author of Women of Fort Boonesborough,
Pioneer Voices, Capt.
Billy Bush and the Bush Settlement and others.
Head of the Department of African American
history at Berea College