The following is an article from Gardens to Gables by Janie-Rice Brother about the old service station located on highway 68 near Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
June 16, 2021 by Janie-Rice Brother
One of the thrills of my profession and avocation is when someone decides to save a historic building. Last week, I received an email from the new owners of the wonderful historic filling station on US 68 in Mercer County, Kentucky – and they want to restore it!
I may have squealed a bit and done a tiny dance. And then – I was browsing through Instagram and I saw THIS!
Do forgive my multiple exclamation points – sometimes being a lover of historic buildings is a sad and depressing path. Writing about demolitions, worrying about the farmland I see from the windows of my house, and tallying up the costs of restoring our enormous wood windows – when happy news arrives, celebration is definitely in order.
I first wrote about this little filling station and its irresistible geode-festooned façade in June 2020, as the realities of shut downs and Pandemic life were only beginning to take root. So I could not conduct any research beyond my own library and my own photographs. The new owners, along with the joyous news of their intentions, also shared an amazing historic photograph.
I hope to share more of this story as it progresses, and I hope you will join with me in wishing the new owners the very best of luck and a heartfelt thank you for their decision to save this historic treasure.
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