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Landmark at Portland, Adair CO, KY, nearly 50 years old



2005-11-01 - Portland, Adair CO., KY - Photo Staff. Jimmy Bragg enjoyed the beautiful fall colors and pleasant weather in the comfort of the porch at Garnett Kessler & Son store, at Portland, Adair County, KY. The store is one of the most photographed landmarks in Adair County. The business is located 12 miles from Columbia, KY. It was founded in 1956 by Garnett Baker, who was the proprietor for seven years and who still owns the building. Country food and country store sandwiches are served by Garnett Kessler's wife, Geneva Pickett Kessler. The Kesslers have operated the store for 42 years. The business will be 50 years old next year. Eighty-one-year-old Garnett Kessler has a feeder calf operation, but has been off work lately, recovering after breaking an arm. To get to there: Take KY 61 north from Columbia, turn left on Milltown Road, go to turn Tarter's Chapel United Methodist Church, turn right on Portland Road. Then drive approximately one mile to 1050 Portland Road. No story with this picture, but help us collect the fascinating history of the community by entering comments, stories and leads in "Submissions" or e-mail: ed@columbiamagazine.com.
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