Haunted House History
In the early 1900’s a two story, 7500 square foot building was constructed for a drug store on Main Street in Hustonville called “Adams Drug Store.” Over they years, the first floor was primarily used for various retail and food establishments, however, the second floor has always been used as apartment residences. It is on the second floor where most urban legends and myths are born. Locals say that there have been at least 3 suicides on the second floor as well as various other accidental deaths and stabbings. Local urban legend also says that a small child and his father was killed on the outside steps of the haunted house when a vehicle ran the stop sign on the corner and slid into them while standing near the steps. This is evident even today as you can still see where the car collided with the building and the railing on the steps is still bent. Everyone in the town believes this building is truly haunted and coupled with its extremely long history of violence; it isn’t hard to see why. We invite you to judge for yourself to determine what is real, and what is not while in Hustonville.
In the Beginning:
In the late 1700’s, there was a settlement at the junction of trials linking the Kentucky River and Green Rivers and Stanford and the Falls of Ohio (now Louisville). Because of this large intersection of highly traveled trails, the settlement was known as “The Cross Roads”. In 1818 the settlement was renamed “Farmington” with the establishment of a post office, which was designated “Hanging Fork”. In 1826, Sam Huston opened a mercantile store and settled in the village. During Mr. Huston’s time living there, he was able to convince state officials to route the new state road through the village which became a landmark decision for the future of Hustonville. Shortly thereafter, the residents of the village voted to change the community’s name to Hustonville in honor of Sam Huston.
William Clarke Quantrill
Known as “The Most Notorious Butcher” of the Civil War, William Clarke Quantrill is responsible for the murder of hundreds of men, women and children during his guerilla style war fare during the Civil War. As the leader of a gang of pro-confederate guerillas, Quantrill is most famous for masterminding the massacre at Lawrence, Kansas, in which 150 people were murdered including small children. As the gang grew in numbers, they
also became increasingly known for robbery and the mutilation of the dead.
In January 1865, Quantrill and his gang found themselves on a murder string leading through the center of Kentucky. One night, they ended up in Hustonville and history was made in the small town. Eyeing some fresh horses, the gang prepared to make off with several of them. As guerilla Allen Parmer pulled himself on one of the horses, the Federal Lieutenant who owned the horse rushed out of the saloon to confront him. The lieutenant raised his hands and pointed at Parmer and said the horses would be taken ‘over his dead body.’ According to witnesses, Parmer said, ‘That is a damned easy job,’ pulled his pistol and shot the lieutenant in the face. The bullet traveled through his head and broke his neck killing him instantly as well as injuring his friend, Frank Shipman. That night, the gang left for Danville to continue their murderous raid.
In the early 1920’s, Hustonville was a lively, prosperous community with establishments such as the Weatherford Hotel, the Alcorn Opera House, the Adams Drugstore (currently the Hustonville Haunted House) and two Masonic Halls. There were five general stores, five grocery stores, a hardware store, two drug stores, a barber shop, a bank, a post office, two automobile garages, a blacksmith, livery and a harness and buggy shop.
When the new KY-127 was constructed, state officials decided to reroute the new highway around Hustonville and bypass the small community by 1 mile. Although this decision was good for highway traffic, it would cause a near fatal blow to the small community. Without any highway traffic, local businesses would soon find it hard to stay open as businesses began to dwindle in slow economic times. Hustonville would struggle for many years but would soon find a renewed vision and identity when in the 1990's, two haunted houses opened in the small community. Today, Hustonville is known across Kentucky by haunted house patrons as the Haunted House Capital of Kentucky. Each year, thousands of tourists visit Hustonville from as far away as Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana to closer communities such as Louisville, Lexington, Somerset, London, Owensboro and Frankfort.
All history is courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Archives