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“Surrounding™ Kentucky- Select Essays”

I am very pleased to announce the publication of, “Surrounding™ Kentucky-Select Essays,” the second volume of my “Surrounding™ Series,”  (the first volume is entitled “Surrounding™ Mammoth Cave” and was published last spring). This volume addresses my inquiries into the Science, Culture and History of various locations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  On this factual journey, I investigate the strength of horses in the Bluegrass region, the Civil War in Munfordville, the Green River mussel community, Brandenburg, Brownsville, Glasgow, Hodgenville, Gravel Switch and Penn’s Store, Carrollton, the Port Royal of Wendell Berry, Irvine and Ravenna, Bybee Master Potters, Franklinville, Livingston and the Rockcastle River, and the Great Saltpetre Cave. Each essay has accompanying artwork by Steve Eilers! All of my books are available on


About Author

Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. is a lawyer, teacher, biologist, writer, guitarist, and recently an actor living on his family's old farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University, and a Masters and PhD. in Biology from the University of Louisville. He also has his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He practices law from offices in Shelbyville, Kentucky concentrating his legal practice in environmental law. His biologic research is in historical phytogeography. Dr. Van Stockum, Jr. has published numerous books, articles, and short stories in the areas of law, science, and creative writing. most of his 24 titles are available on this site and Amazon with many on Kindle and Audible!

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