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Mike Watson: Memories of the Henry Gadberry house

It was a marking place on Scenic KY 704 whose absence is as pronounced to one who knew it back when as the remaining scenic treasures are today.
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Adair County Historian Mike Watson sent a photo which is sure to stir memories in everyone who has driven Scenic Highway KY 704, the Fairplay Road, over the past five decades and more.


There are few roads anywhere with more memorable marking places- gentle hill scenes, one after another, each so memorable, so picturesque it's hard to figure out fewer than 25 favorites.

But near the top, in everybody's opinion, was the Henry Gadberry House, located on the East Side of Kentucky 704, just north of Hadley's Community Store, for present day travellers.

"This one was on the Joe Gadberry (then Joseph Allen Gadberry) farmalmost directly across 704 from the Arvin Harvey House; also just pastthe Gadberry house, going south to Inroad, was Bill Turner and acrossfrom him, Creed Lacy," Mike Watson writes. "This old house was set back up from the road and there was one lone, tall, pine off to the right and slightly behind with two or threegraves under it--Cromeans family, who once lived there (Civil Warera)."

It's was located between Concord and Inroad, It has been gone now for 30 years, Mike Watson wrote. And, while the present day landscape seems unsurpassable in beauty to one who never saw the scene with the old house and the tall pine, no one who did would trade the old for the new. It's that way on so many Kentucky Roads. And nowhere more so than on KY 704, route most people wish could be locked in time - if not restored.

To name just a few of the unforgettable structures now gone, there are the town of Gadberry at the intersection of KY 704 with Loy Cemetery and Johnson School Roads, the old Stanley Rosenbaum store at KY 704 and KY 768, the homeplace house and store at the Dewey and Grace Turner farm in Inroad, and the magnificent old two and one-half story house by the cemetery in Inroad. There are others, but these come to mind early on. -EW


This story was posted on 2012-04-23 09:16:14
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Favorite old photo: Henry Gadberry House, KY 704



2012-04-23 - Fairplay Road, Adair Co., KY - Photo from Collection of Mike Watson.
The Henry Gadberry house
, once located on Highway 704 between Concord and Inroad. This photo was taken in the early 1970s and the house hasbeen gone thirty years or more. Note the scalloped trim around theporch. - Mike Watson

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