BLOOMFIELD, KY (WAVE) - What does Hollywood have to do with the tiny town of Bloomfield, Kentucky? They are closely connected, thanks to a big-time movie producer and an old-fashioned girl from Louisville.
Decades ago, Bloomfield was a booming town built on tobacco. But as tobacco went, so did Bloomfield. Buildings began to crumble. By the 1990s, the small, all-American town was falling apart.
Things are different now. Bloomfield is growing and thriving again. The unlikely heroes driving the revival are Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer.
"I've been very fortunate to work on iconic movies," said Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Flashdance, Top Gun, and Beverly Hills Cop and such TV shows as CSI: and The Amazing Race.
The tree seen at the end of every Bruckheimer film or television show stands in Nelson County on a farm in Bloomfield, the place the Bruckheimers call home.
"We've been here 20 years now," said Linda Bruckheimer.
"We've become part of the community," said Jerry Bruckheimer. "We have a great life in L.A., but there's nothing like Kentucky."
As big as Jerry's drive is for making movies, Linda's passion is preservation. So when the Bruckheimers moved to Kentucky, they set out on a mission of restoration to bring Bloomfield back to life, building by building.
At the heart of it all is an antique store known around the world. It's named after Linda's great-grandmother Nettie Jarvis.
It's a small town experience that's become attractive to locals, tourists and Hollywood's biggest stars.
The celebrities stay in an array of historic cabins the Bruckheimers have been restoring piece by piece.
One cabin on the farm predates Abraham Lincoln.
Although Jerry Bruckheimer is from Detroit, Linda grew up in Louisville. The two met in Hollywood and the rest is history -- a history that's alive and well again in Bloomfield.