Peyton’s Store, Kentucky

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, there is a small community called Peyton’s Store. At the center of this rural area stands a truly unique house.

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky lies a small rural community known as Peyton’s Store. The name derives from an old general store that was once located along the roadway passing through, though today it is merely a simple wayside stop.

At the heart of Peyton’s Store stands a truly unique residential property. The exterior is adorned with intricate gingerbread trim detailing, lending an elegant finish. Within, wood paneling and angled door casings imbue the interior with distinctive flair and character.

This charming home was last occupied by Mrs. Gaynell Manuel, who resided there from her birth on June 23, 1920, until her passing on September 21, 1985, at the age of 65. For over six decades, Mrs. Manuel made this special dwelling her beloved home amidst the scenic beauty of the Kentucky hills.

The residence in Peyton’s Store is a property of historical significance and architectural interest. Its quaint aesthetic reflects the craftsman styles popular in rural Appalachia during the early 20th century. Mrs. Manuel’s long tenure there allowed her to foster an enduring connection with this distinctive abode until her later years.


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The building to the left is the actual store and has a flat front over the door. The house was the family home next door to the store. I visited this month and the store is very overgrown with trees and brush making access very difficult. I was also warned by the locals about the rattlesnakes and copperheads so only took pictures from the road. The store is almost hidden with the trees and brush around it.

I was at this same house taking pictures a few weeks ago. We were told by a neighbor, not to venture closer or inside due to rattlesnakes. My friend and I figured we’d go back in the winter when the snakes are hibernating. Very cool old structure. Got many pictures from the outside of it.

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