(Hazard, Kentucky/ WDKY-TV)– The Mother Goose Inn may be Kentucky’s most unusual house.
As the story goes, Hazard businessman George Stacy was having a Thanksgiving dinner that included a cooked goose, sometime in the 1930s. He reportedly was fascinated by the shape of the carcass, and told his wife, Ollie, “I’m going to build a house that looks like this.”
Whatever the inspiration, he did indeed build a goose-shaped house, which was completed in 1940. The house was always a private residence, but Stacy also knew it would attract people to his businesses. Over the years, he operated a market, a diner and a gas station at the base of the house, from a building shaped like a basket of eggs.
Some of the features of the goose house are egg-shaped windows, “feathered” shingles, and green eyes that light up. Late last year, the family teamed up with Sherry Spradlin to bring the house back to its 1940s condition, with all of the furnishings inside from that time period. Spradlin, who operates the Harmony House Bed and Breakfast, also arranges rentals at the Mother Goose Inn. The inn has three bedrooms, one bath, a living room, and a kitchen.
Spradlin also offers tours of the inn on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m .to 4 p.m. A small admission fee helps pay for the upkeep. Spradlin says if you’re lucky, you may get a tour from Alice McIntosh, a Stacy family member who used to live in the house, or her niece, Raegan Francis, a high school student who loves the history of the house. Francis says she remembers having many sleepovers at the house as a child, and her friends “thought it was the best thing in the world.”
There is also a gift shop that features works by local artists at the base of the house.
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