The First KFC

The First KFC

No trip to my parents’ home would be complete without a visit to the Kentucky Colonel, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of KFC. My parents live in Corbin, Ky, the home of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken.   

The Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum is not only a restaurant, it is also a museum showcasing the history of Colonel Sander’s original restaurant. Colonel Sanders began his culinary career when he opened a service station in 1930. Located across from the site of the original restaurant, Sanders served visitors his home cooking on his own table, which seated 7 people. Seven years later, Sanders was able to open his first restaurant. Even though the first building burned, a new Cafe and motel followed in 1940.

Located only 5 minutes off of I-75, the Cafe and Museum house a scale diorama of the original Cafe and motel. Visitors can also observe Sanders kitchen and office, a replica of a motel room, and KFC memorabilia. Of course, my family and I always enjoy the famous chicken recipe and coleslaw.

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