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Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, Corbin

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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The Harland Sanders Café is a historic restaurant located in North Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated the restaurant from 1940 to 1956. Sanders also developed the famous KFC secret recipe at the café during the 1940s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1990.HistoryAfter moving to North Corbin in 1930, Sanders started a service station across the street from the present location of the Harland Sanders Café along U.S. Route 25. Sanders served meals for travelers in the back of the service station at his own dining table, which seated six people. By 1937, the culinary skills of Sanders became well known and he built the Sanders Café, which seated 142 people. Two years later, the restaurant was destroyed by fire.Shortly after the fire in 1939, construction began on the present Sanders Café, along with the addition of a motel. The restaurant-motel complex reopened on July 4, 1940. A new addition to the café was a model of a motel room located in the adjacent Sanders' Motel. This was used to persuade customers to spend the night at the motel.Business continued to boom as it was located along U.S. 25, the main north-south route through central Kentucky. This soon changed with the completion of Interstate 75, which bypassed the restaurant and city entirely. Sanders sold the café in 1956 and began selling franchises for KFC.
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  • We saw the sign along the road advertising this museum and had to stop. It was worth the stop. It was very interesting to see how Colonel started KFC and to see that is started in a small Kentucky tow...  read more »
  • We learned so interesting facts about Harland Sanders and the early days of his establishment. It is a cute little place to visit. You walk around on your own to see the exhibits and read about the hi...  read more »
  • The cafe was a nice little pit stop to learn about the history of Corbin and KFC. It had some nice displays showing how KFC started. But it didn't take long to see it all. 
  • Cool place to visit if your in the Corbin area. I thought it would be more exiting and more to see but it was nice. Basically a couple exhibits which I believe were mostly recreated. Some cool memorabilia and pictures on display. As far as the restaurant, I love KFC but this location, the food wasn't that great nor the service.
  • Great chicken and great place to stop off and see the origional KFC kitchen museum. When I travel through with family I get photos of nieces and nephews with the Colonel. It's a blast for me and I think it embarrasses the kids but all in good fun I really think they like it to.
  • Super cool place to see where it all started. Really great. And lots of fun.
  • The historical information is nice and the place does smell pretty good too.
  • Lots of cool bits of KFC history, including a replica of the kitchen and a map of how it looked originally, very cool!
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