Good morning,,, it's Sunday, a week since the fire at the Rabbit Hash General Store and I want to thank everyone for your support. As you know, I am Terrie Markesbery, born and raised in Northern Kentucky. I grew up in the Florence area, currently reside in Rabbit Hash and am the proprietor of the Rabbit Hash General Store . Rabbit Hash will always be my home and it's the small town with the big heart. Not only do I cherish the history of the General Store but it's also my employer and have earned my living there for the past 17 years.
I want to ensure everyone who has donated money that these funds are going to rebuild and restore the Rabbit Hash General Store which has always been our intent. Everyone who had donated money or is familiar with the store will be welcome back once we rebuild. Again, our intent to rebuild and bring the magic back to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.
Going forward, much of the information regarding the rebuilding of the General Store is still in the works and in the hands of the contractors and the historical renovators. Once that information is solidified we will provide it you at one. In the mean time, the General Store is up and running in the annex know as the Rabbit Hash Barn. See you soon.
In its approximately 185 years in existence, the Rabbit Hash General Store in Boone County withstood all manner of threats to its existence - multiple floods, landslides and the Great Depression, to name a few. Through it all, the store and its recognizable front facade remained an unmistakable landmark in Northern Kentucky culture.
The fire was reported about 9:15 p.m. and about 11:30 p.m. firefighters pulled down the picturesque facade of the store. Later, the front sign of the store was salvaged from the wreckage and stored in a nearby barn. The fire that began inside the iconic general store late Saturday night was too much for the old, mostly-wooden structure, however. It burned throughout a nearly five-hour firefight in near-sub-zero temperatures and was destroyed.
The store had been in continual operation since 1831, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society - a span in which 38 U.S. presidents took office.
The store at 10021 Lower River Road was on the National Register of Historic Places.
As the building burned late Saturday, residents gathered nearby, some crying and one group singing "Amazing Grace."