Watch the Video! - A Visit to the Col Sanders Museum and the Original Kentucky Fried Chicken - Where it all Began!
As we are gearing up for the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games we have been doing a lot of fun things to share with our readers about some of the places to go and things to see while you are here in Kentucky. And if you are living virtually through our experience, we will try to do our best to bring you all the exciting behind the scenes adventures we have planned and the one which will just be happening! Before we go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Stefanie Jones and I am a Kentucky Work Study student working horsesdaily.com for coverage over the World Equestrian Games. Being from Kentucky, I plan on giving you an insider’s scoop on things to do while visiting our wonderful state. When you think of Kentucky, horses, bluegrass, and fried chicken come to mind. You will get your share of horses and bluegrass while in Lexington at the World Equestrian Games, but if you want authentic Kentucky Fried Chicken, you are less than 90 miles away from where it all started. So hop on in the WEG Car with us and come along!
Colonel Harland Sanders opened Sander’s Court and Café in Corbin, KY in 1930. http://www.corbinkentucky.us/sanderscafe.htm On a recent trip down to Corbin, I got to see the place for myself. The restaurant is used to having tourists, and employees weren’t phased when it took me close to an hour of exploring before I remembered to order. There is a replica of Colonel Sanders’ kitchen where he created his famous Original Recipe in 1940; the shelves are even stocked with some of the secret ingredients! You can pose for a picture with the Colonel (I did!) and browse through antique tools and pictures that molded the restaurant into the franchise it is today. After exploring the museum, you really start to build up an appetite, and a craving for chicken.
To see the Colonel’s Café and Museum for yourself, hop on I 75 S. Take exit 29, go south on 25 E one mile, and then right on 25W one-half mile. Colonel Sanders will lead you from the interstate with numerous bill boards pointing you in the right direction. The drive was beautiful, the museum was interesting, and the food was “finger lickin’ good”. Overall, a great afternoon of exploring. Stay tuned for more of my adventures traveling Kentucky!