Kentucky's oldest store has been a part of the same family for generations, and it first opened when President James K. Polk was in office.

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Kentucky's Oldest Store

Kentucky officially became the 15th state in the United States of America in the year 1792.  Just five decades after Kentucky entered statehood, the oldest store in the state opened its doors.  What makes this store so unique is not only is it the oldest store in the state of Kentucky, but it is also believed to be among the oldest country stores in America for a very unique reason.

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Penn's Store

Penn's Store is the oldest in Kentucky, and opened its doors in 1845, which is also the year that our nation's 11th president James K. Polk took office. This little store is located in Gravel Switch, Kentucky.  This store not only claims the title of the oldest in the Bluegrass State, Penn's Store is also believed to be among the oldest country stores in the country.  The store is believed to be the oldest country store in the country that's still owned by the same family.

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In the Same Family for Generations

What makes Penn's Store exceptionally special is that the store has been a part of the same family since 1850. The Penn family still owns the store to this day.  The store is still open to this day and according to Visit Lexington if you visit on a warm day you may see a local playing music on the porch.

A store site since 1845 and in the Penn family since 1850, Penn's Store is the oldest country store in America in continuous ownership and operation by the same family. The sagging floor, hand rubbed countertops, glass showcases and memorabilia are testaments to its history and age. On cold days, the Warm Morning Model 521 wood/coal stove provides solace for those coming by to sit a spell or to trade. Locals play porch music on occasion.

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