Located just south of Lexington, KY, ​Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors and musicians. The story of Berea’s artisan community is interwoven with the historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.

​Take a beautiful hike through the nature preserve area dedicated to former Berea College President, John B. Stephenson. read more >
Originally published by Southern Living Magazine Written by Valerie Fraser Luesse Founded in 1854 by an abolitionist minister, Berea, Kentucky, was born with a rebellious streak, and it stuck. Berea College began as a coed and interracial institution at a time when those were hardly common in the South. Today it has close to 1,700 students, all of whom work 10 hours a... read more >