PADUCAH, KY – The Smedley Yeiser is a classical event venue that resides in a perfectly restored 1852 home located in the Lower Town Art District neighborhood in downtown Paducah, KY.
The Juniper Bar at the Smedley Yeiser features hand-crafted drinks and cocktails in a warm homelike setting. The bar is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
PADUCAH, KY – Raven & Moth is a salon and boutique located inside the historic Smedley Yeiser home at 533 Madison Street in Lower Town Paducah, KY.
Owned by Hair Stylist Erileigh, Raven & Moth is a unique Lifestyle Boutique featuring custom cuts and hair coloring along with locally-made clothing, women’s Jewelry, art and more.
Erileigh mentioned that the, “Clothes come from all over that are either handmade or made out of organic material. A lady in Murray makes all of my silk pieces and they’re all made out of recycled-vintage Sarees from India.”
You can find woven clothing made by Lily Liu, a local artist and clothing designer right here in the Lower Town Arts District. You will see Belgian tapestry pillows and local artwork in the shop as well.
Most of the jewelry is made by Erileigh’s mother, Melanie, who is an expert in making beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces.
The shop is eclectic and rightly so being in Paducah’s Arts District. This is another quaint and locally owned gem so please give Raven & Moth a try the next time you need your hair done or want to check out the new local trends in clothing and jewelry.
It was such a pleasure meeting you, Erileigh, and I wanted to thank you for the interview.
PADUCAH, KY – Paducah’s Broadway Street was featured in this music video that consists of random photos taken during 2017. Broadway is lined with beautifully renovated buildings that sends you back in time hence the romantic attraction.
Paducah is a wonderful town with ties dating back to 1815 when it first settled. Today Broadway is the heart of downtown and is part of the Historic Main Street Program that now spans twenty blocks.
This twenty-block section of downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and deemed as Paducah’s official Historic District.
Like Broadway, Paducah’s Historic District is is filled with locally owned shops, eateries, apartments, boutique hotels with more to come.
Like its buildings, these businesses are one-of-a-kind gems, exclusive only to Paducah and part of what makes this town so special.
PADUCAH, KY – Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli is a local favorite featuring made-from-scratch bakery items and hand crafted sandwiches located on Market House Square in the heart of historic downtown, Paducah, KY.
Melanie helped me out during my visit and recommended the cherry danish treat that was simply delicious. Thanks Melanie and it was so nice talking with ya!
Kirchoff’s Bakery is collecting food and clothing this year for the Family Service Society. Please read the flyer below and please donate if you can.
Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli first opened in 1873 by Franz Kirchhoff. The bakery closed for a stint but Louis Frank Kirchhoff, great-grandson of Franz, decided to carry on the family tradition by reopening the bakery in the fall of 1997.
The bakery still uses old family recipes along with high quality ingredients to make their artisan breads, sandwiches, pastries, soups and salads. The eatery is considered one of the best eateries in Paducah holding mostly five star ratings on their Facebook page.
The Paducah Railroad Museum once resided on the second floor of the freight house but eventually moved next door. The building was home to the Chief Paduke Antique Mall for a stint as well.
Original markings still remain on the train depot that read (N.C. & St. L. Ry.) which stands for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway Company founded in the late 1800s.
Today NC&StL, like many other small railroads, ended up becoming part of the CSX Transportation company through acquisitions and mergers. CSX continues using original NC&StL routes between Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta. (source Wikipedia)
In 1979, the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway Office and Freight House (Also known as Johnston-Backus Building or Paducah Freight House) was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The featured photo depicts the Chamber Of Commerce composed with a faded-in vintage photo of an ICRR Steam Engine with workers posing. The original photo of the men in front of the steam engine can be viewed at the Paducah Railroad Museum donated by Carolyn Roberts.
PADUCAH, KY – Curls and Cream is a boutique dessert shop featuring rolled ice cream and signature treats that’s been all the rage since opening June 1st at 113 Market House Square between Shandies and JP’s in historic Downtown Paducah.
PADUCAH, KY – Frenchtown Station is a new antique and vintage retail shop nestled inside a 1930s Shell filling station building at Jefferson and 11th in Paducah, KY.
The old gas station is located in the midst of the 1836 French settlement, hence the name Frenchtown Station.
The original builder of the station was Ray Black, a local builder at the time who started his construction company in 1925. In the 1930s, Ray Black was contracted by Three Rivers Oil Corporation to build the Shell Station on Jefferson Street.
Ray’s building legacy lives on with his construction company, Ray Black & Sons, now managed by his Grandson, Chris Black and Great Grandson, David Black.
Ginny and Chris Hutson, owners of the building, recently contracted Ray Black & Sons to do the restorations.
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.