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.