Following the end of the Civil War, Kentucky began to be corrupted by a handful of pro-Southern Confederate soldiers who returned to Kentucky and somehow got control of the state legislature, the courts, etc. These ex-Confederate Rebel "leaders" manipulated a large portion of the more than one million residents of the Commonwealth into thinking like them, getting involved in their culture, and everything else representative of exclusively The South. These are the same people (Confederates) who led destructive raids through the state that resulted in the destruction of rail lines and bridges, burning and plundering of private property, businesses, barns, etc., and sometimes even the harrassment of the local citizenry. Not to mention that the Southerners and pro-Southern Kentuckians were the ones who started the War in the Bluegrass by first treading upon neutral (and mainly Unionist) soil, and threatening the safety and lives of Kentuckian families.
The imbreeding stereotype is also a load of crap, as it only exists in very sparse, few areas deep in Appalachia.
In addition, Kentucky is not entirely as Southern as people claim it is. The Bluegrass State is actually quite different with Northern/Midwestern qualities and heritage that mix with the Southern heritage and characteristics. Not everyone has thick drawls either; many more people actually have Midwest nasal twang, while a few Northern "migrants" actually talk in strong brogues or other different accents.
Bluegrass and Country are not the only forms of music, as there is also Christian, Metal, and Rock bands, as well as a very few rappers even! Countrified "Southern" food is not the only thing to eat either. Almost every known restaurant in the Nation is located somewhere in Kentucky, and some immigrants have even brought their own ethnic cuisine with them and made a business out of it!
Kentucky was also a pivotal battleground border state during the Civil War. Also see Perryville. The state was roughly 75-78% Unionist, with some being anti-slavery, while there where no more than 22-25% supporting the South and the Confederacy. Kentucky was actually quite crucial in winning the Civil War, which depresses me to realize that so many people overlook it entirely and that classes only seem to teach about the Eastern Theatre.
2.A state that knows how to party.
3.Home to a college basketball dynasty.
Kentucky in the springtime is awesome. Keeneland is running, Derby parties are going, and the bourbon flows like water.
Most of Kentucky's residents are friendly and hospitable, and many outsiders will find that Kentucky can be a very enjoyable place to visit. Along with its natural beauty, there are many other unique attractions for people to enjoy.