Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Lori Cooley, 58, shares her Harrison County farm with two dogs, three cats, seven goats, eight chicks and 10 horses.
She lived in Houston for 28 years, but left after her boyfriend died in a polo accident nearly five years ago.
“It was a bummer,” she said. “I can say that now.”
She said after going through something like that, her brain didn’t work, that she couldn’t process anything. So she moved back in with her family in Indiana.
“After two weeks in Indiana I remembered why I left in the first place,” she said. She then moved to Kentucky.
Cooley had always loved Kentucky, so she began looking for a home there, finding one in Harrison County.
Cooley’s farm is 25 acres and houses a cemetery, barn, both an indoor and outdoor riding ring and a cabin-like home with antebellum roots.
“I mean, it’s nothing. It’s not anything fancy, but it fits the bill— with the funky old house and the cemetery...” she said. “I’m super happy here. I’ve never been as happy as I am now. I love this place.”
In her time in Kentucky— about a year and a half— she has completed a plethora of projects, including hauling the spare wood out of her hayloft. She’s repurposed that wood, creating a kitchen table and overhead lamp for herself.
She’ll do just about anything, but nothing too crazy.
“What would happen to my animals?” she said.
Cooley is proud of her home and her animals.
“It was just me,” she said. “But I got it done.”