Mountain Homeplace recreates life in Johnston County from 1850 to 1875. The historic buildings assembled here include a one-room school-house, a blacksmith shop, and other buildings and implements used to operate a farm. Interpreters provide information about the Civil War in this area of Kentucky. An award-winning video shown at the visitors center features actor Richard Thomas, who spent summers with his family in Johnson County during his youth. The video includes a segment about Johnson County's tenuous situation during the Civil War. Both sides had ardent sympathizers here, and neither the Union nor the Confederate flags were allowed to fly above the county courthouse.