Mimarie Farm, owned by The Lyon family.
Location: Miles 4-6
Mimarie Farm, owned by Teresa and her husband, was named for their children, Michael and Ann Marie. When the Lyons bought the farm in 1999, the previous owner was trying to develop it. Mimarie Farm starts where Paynes Mill begins at the top of what I like to call Big Redd Hill (as it seems to go on for miles uphill!!), and they are currently renovating the white barn you pass on Redd Road so horses can use it. The farm road frontage runs from the Paynes Mill intersection along three miles on the right, around the corner all the way to where Carriage Station starts on Old Frankfort Pike (opposite the Headley Whitney Museum).
Encompassing about 300 acres, the farm used to be a cattle farm and agriculture. Teresa is slowly turning it into a horse farm, and the most famous resident for our runners is arguably the draft horse runners have affectionately named “Shaggy”.
Sitting at her beautiful home this Fall and enjoying a good cup of fresh brewed coffee with Teresa, I told her about how famous Shaggy was to RunTheBluegrass runners. Teresa burst out laughing!
“Shaggy? That’s adorable. His name is actually The Governor. But I like that, I might have to change it to “Governor Shaggy!”, laughed Teresa!
The main house was the main farm house but just a little house when they bought the farm. They were going to build in the middle of the farm where the silo is. The silo can be seen from downtown Lexington! It is the tallest point on Old Frankfort Pike.
Behind Teresa’s home is a beautiful garden with raised beds, a swimming pool with waterfalls and a fireplace that frames the garden at the end, facing the house. The fireplace is about 200 years old. Teresa found the fireplace in Lexington and moved it. “They were bulldozing an area to put apartments there. I stopped the bulldozer and said “Wait, wait wait! What are you going to do with this fireplace,” because I was in the middle of renovating another old home and flipping it. I like to do that. I went and talked to the developer and asked if I could have it. He said I could have a week to move it. So I had a bunch of guys who worked really hard to move it and then I contacted an old architect friend and brought him out to the farm and asked him where I could put it, because none of the gardens or the pool were there at that time. So we put it at the end of where we thought the garden would be and built the gardens and the pool around it!”, said Lyon.
Teresa recalls the history on the fireplace in her backyard…”It was on Limestone Street in Lexington. Back in the 70’s it was in an old hotel. You used to be able to pay 5c to feed some monkeys back there, they had the outdoor fireplace there.”
Up on the hill past Teresa’s home, she has records that there were once Indians with a teepee village there. “Buffalo and animals would come to get water from the creek that runs through the farm. And that attracted the animals, so was a good hunting ground. We have found a lot of arrowheads on that hill,” said Teresa.
“Several years ago, I was getting ready to tear down the barn behind my house and I looked up and we were clearing out the barn and I saw a plaque that the builder put there which was dated and signed October 1, 1870”, said Teresa. “So we said, we can’t tear that down.” They instead renovated the barn and have restored it for future generations.
Teresa has always loved horses. She brought Shaggy over from Ireland and another grey horse, which she sadly had to put down last year. “He was a great jumper. Nick, the other horse in the field with Shaggy used to be a jumper too. They are now both retired and they are good friends,” said Teresa. “We still trail ride some.”
Teresa has just finished renovating a guest house on Old Frankfort Pike, which she is renting on AirBNB (at around $350/night depending on the number of guests) for any runners looking for a unique place to stay. The house is located just after you turn onto Old Frankfort Pike from Redd Road, so you can stay on-course! The house sleeps 6 and is beautifully decorated and has an outdoor fire-pit. “It’s also my She-Shack,” laughs Teresa. “Sometimes I have friends over and we go down there and have wine and a girls night and talk.”
Teresa is currently fencing the farm but as she explains, “A 16ft panel with three posts and four boards costs $100 unpainted. And so it’s a working project to add fencing to the farm. The crops are paying for some of the repairs. The fencing costs more to paint. But I want horses on the farm. I’m trying to make the farm make money, so now we have two of the fields leased out and the barn almost done, that helps pay for the improvements too. It’s just expensive to do.” Teresa works in the dental field and her husband is in medicine, so are not “horse people” by trade but Teresa wants to make the farm into more of a business but also beautify her little area of the Bluegrass. (The paddocks are leased out to Bluewater Farm – another farm runners will pass on Old Frankfort Pike near the turn onto Elkchester Road.)
“Tourism is huge and that’s why I want to promote tourism. I want people to love our country back here and want them to come here and run or bike it. It energizes me and makes me happy,” said Teresa.
Upload your fave selfies with The Governor (Shaggy) and share! We’d love to see how many of you have taken selfies with him!!