PADUCAH, KY – The Market House, built in 1905, provides the community with a rich cultural center that houses an art gallery, an event center, a museum and a performing arts theater located in the heart of downtown Paducah.
Up until the 1960s, the Market building was a bustling plaza filled with local produce vendors and various merchants selling their goods.
Today the building continues to be a local icon and landmark nestled across the street from many locally owned businesses that include gems like Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli that opened in the 1800s, a family owned shop now in its 5th generation.
Curls & Cream featuring rolled ice cream opened on July 1, 2017 just down the street on Market Square.
The Market House (built in 1905)
Builder: George Katterjohn
Architect: W.L. Brainerd.
PADUCAH, KY – Whitehaven Welcome Center is a 24/7 rest stop that resides in a beautiful 1860’s two-story Southern mansion located on Lone Oak Road at I-24 in Paducah, KY. The mansion is completely restored and tastefully filled with furniture and decor from the period.
Also in the home you will find memorabilia that belonged to Alben W. Barkley, a McCracken County native and served as Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1952.
When we stopped at Whitehaven for the first time, we were in awe. We just moved to Paducah at the time and had no idea that we now lived in a town that happens to have one of the the best looking rest stops in the United States. I forgot to mention it’s Award Winning to boot.
The mansion is advertised as a potential movie set location for either a haunted house or a Civil War theme at paducahfilms.com/paducah-movie-film-location. It has been noted that a female ghost can be spotted at times on the balcony of the second story bedroom as well.
Paducah is filled with historic places like Whitehaven but these gems must be seen in person since pictures do little justice regarding the feel of these places. For example, the night I visited the air had a heavenly mix of fresh cut grass and roses with a perfect temperature of 75 degrees.
And the people? Remarkable! Irvin Cobb said it best:
“More Genuine hospitality is offered than any other town of like size in the Commonwealth.”
So anytime you find yourself wanting to stop and literally ‘smell the roses’ or flowers so-to-speak, visit Whitehaven and submerse yourself in the grandeur of the past.
TOURS: 2pm to 4pm (mon-fri)
Whitehaven Welcome Center
1845 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
PADUCAH, KY -The Irvin Cobb Apartment building features 9-stories of history located at Broadway and S. 6th Streets in downtown Paducah, KY.
The Irvin Cobb Apartment complex was once the swanky Hotel Irvin Cobb that opened in back in 1929. For decades the hotel held the rankings as one of the most finest hotels in the South.
The original owner, Adolph Weil, contracted Architect Walter Alschlager to design the building like no other. They decided on a eclectic mix that melted French Gothic and English Medieval that created a Southern charm all its own.
1927 – 1929: Construction cost: $400,000
1929: Opened in 1929 with Irvin S. Cobb as first registered guest
1959: Sold by Cobb family
1960’s: Experienced a decline in stays
1972: Minor fire on top floor closed the hotel down
1978: Added to National Register of Historical Places
CIRCA Building restored as apartments and ground floor retail spaces.
Today the Irvin Cobb building is an Assisted Living and Section 8 apartment community with 1 and 2 bedrooms available. Read the detailed history of the hotel on a pdf file at npgallery.nps.gov.
It was a joy meeting you, Nicky, and thank you for allowing me to take some photos of this wondeful historic site.