Corbin, Kentucky: Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum
- 1002 W. Dixie Hwy, Corbin, KY
- I-75 exit 29. Drive east on US Hwy 25 E./Cumberland Gap Pkwy for 1.5 miles, then turn right onto US Hwy 25 W./Dixie Hwy for a little over a half-mile. On the right; look for the KFC bucket.
- Daily 10-10. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
A small-scale tribute museum inside "The World's First Kentucky Fried Chicken" -- a must-see on the Colonel Sanders Heritage Trail. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum
Great vintage postcards and souvenirs. I purchased an LP vinyl album featuring the Colonel's Brass Band.[Elizabethanne Fuller Murray, 01/04/2012]
A museum embraces the history of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant in its original location. There is the original kitchen and a recreated lodging room that was part of the original business. As learned from the signs, Harland also pumped gas as one of his services. This is a small museum with a modern restaurant of the KFC chain attached, where you do your ordering of food, then sit in another room, where a glassed-in replica of what a table service would have looked like sits off to one side.[Everson, 06/18/2007]
The Colonel Sanders Cafe is STILL being remodeled, but it's open for business. There are several areas still off limits (under re-construction I guess) but you CAN see the kitchen "where it all began" and also some displays of ads, buckets, and Kentucky Fried Toys! Get your picture made with Harlan on a park bench or with his bust (duplicate of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville). The Colonel's famous suit and cane had mysteriously vanished, leaving only an empty display case and label behind.[A. McNutt, 08/19/2001]