One of Lebanon, KY’s coolest old historical buildings is going to be brought back to life again…and wow, isn’t this just awesome.
And it’s resurgence will bring a new highlight to an area of downtown where this shot of rejuvenation is welcomed.
The Sunny Side Saloon building, which was a Union Army commissary and the focus of a Civil War battle, has been purchased by Tracy Barnes. Work is underway right now by Wilkerson Construction to restore the inside of the building.
The upstairs is being turned into an Airbnb; the downstairs will be a first-class rental venue for groups of up to 30, available for meetings, wedding purposes, parties and more.
“It’s going to be top-notch,” said Erica Barnes, Tracy’s wife. “And we are so excited to revive the inside of this historic building.”
She said the Airbnb will be heavily marketed as a result of its uniqueness, and its placement on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.
“The Pickerill family has done a great job of keeping the integrity of the exterior,” said Erica, in a well-deserved shout out. “When it is finished and available by early 2021, I think everyone will be really proud of the work that has been done.”
The building sits at the corner of Martin Luther King and Depot. The address is 125 Depot St.
The Airbnb will join a Heart of Kentucky network of Airbnb options that the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission uses as a powerful marketing tool. The local Airbnb network expands visitor accommodation options in number and with colorful flavor. There’s Spirit on Main in downtown Lebanon; the 160-year-old Hourglass on West Main; Arbuckle Creek Retreat which sits on 55 acres; Til the Rooster Crows Ranch, which also offers homesteading and farming experiences; and that’s just a few. Awesome Airbnb experiences are available from Bradfordsville to Raywick to Loretto and more. For a complete listing of current Airbnb and rental options, visit the website here: https://visitlebanonky.com/vacation-rentals/.
You can follow remodel and restore progress of the Sunny Side Saloon project by liking the Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/Sunny-Side-Saloon-102576871554444/
There’s also a cool website being built, here: https://sunnysidesaloon.com
If you’re looking for information about the Civil War battle that took place in Lebanon, try here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lebanon_(Kentucky) and here https://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/252
But one of the best and most colorful reads about Sunny Side Saloon and its famous saloon keeper J. H. Kearns can be found right here: http://pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/2011/11/jh-kearns-his-sunny-side-saloon-had.html
That article also has wonderful information about the rare, collectible J. H. Kearns Sunny Side Saloon “pure old liquor” jugs that fetch high prices nowadays.