Rabbit Hash General Store: Kentucky Icon Destroyed in Fire

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The Rabbit Hash General Store, located in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night.

Firefighters from several locations responded to the call at around 9 p.m., but were unable to save the iconic store. Flames were visible in Indiana.

The Rabbit Hash General Store was much more than just a store. Filled with antiques, it was founded back in 1831, and was known as a social center. Many concerts and annual events took place at the Rabbit Hash General Store.

Nearby resident Jeff Hansel told Cincinnati TV station WCPO that nearly everyone in the area can relate to the store in some way.

“It’s more or less the center of the whole town of Rabbit Hash," he said. "It’s full of antiques, and there’s thousands of people who have some kind of connection to the Rabbit Hash General Store."

"It's a museum in many ways," Hansel added. "It's had something to do with almost everybody's life in this whole community for generations."

How sad that this piece of local history is lost. It's clear the store meant much to many.

It's way too soon to know if the owners of the Rabbit Hash General Store plan to rebuild, but even if they do, it doesn't sound like things can ever be quite the same.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.