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A store site since 1845 and in the Penn family since 1850, Penn's Store is the oldest country store in America in continuous ownership and operation by the same family. You are most welcome to come by, sit a spell and visit an American original.
Penn's Store also served as the community's first post office, opening on Nov. 7, 1882, with the postmark reading, ''Rollings, Kentucky.'' The postal section adjacent to the main store room displays some memorabilia from those earlier days.
Inside the store, the sagging floor and shelves, hand rubbed countertops, and glass showcases are testaments to its history and age. Large spike nails in the ceiling, from which rolls of bologna hung in past years, are now used to hang herbs gathered from the herbal gardens next to the store. On cold days, the Warm Morning Model 521 wood/coal stove provides solace for those coming by to sit a spell or to trade. A cigar box is still used for the cash register.
Penn's Store is a ''meeting place'' for folks from everywhere. Nestled in the unique Knob Region of central Kentucky known as Forkland, Penn's Store continues providing services to local descendants of pioneering families that settled in the area in the 1700s, as well as the newcomers that have more recently ''settled-in'' in the area.
Special events include Kentucky Writers's Day, Penn's Store Great Outhouse Blowout and Cruise-In and ''Picking and Singing'' on the last Sunday afternoon of each month.