Historic Hanson, Kentucky

Historic Hanson, Kentucky, is often referred to as the Antiques and Art Center Of Western KY. The town has the true distinction of being the smallest historic district in Kentucky and has a thriving and recognized arts & antiques business community.

What Hanson town lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm. The town’s recent upgrading and rehabilitation of the downtown area has resulted in that its sidewalks are again welcoming visitors and shoppers to the town’s charming downtown stores, cafes, and restaurants.

Hanson boasts architecture that dates back to the late1870s-early 1890s and what you can see from the outside is at least as fantastic and impressive as the magnificent shops and boutiques that are housed inside the town’s architectural treasures. Hanson, Kentucky, has a lot to offer for everyone, from antiques and art shops to the finest B-B-Q restaurants.

Hanson is the smallest historic district in Kentucky. The town’s historic district includes one block of restaurants and shops clustered around the one traffic light that you can find here. During the 1800s, the town’s main business and source of revenue was tobacco and the crop was shipped across the country on the railroad tracks.

In those days, Hanson was the most important and largest city in Kentucky’s Hopkins County and today, the town has just over 600 residents. The revitalization of Hanson is mainly due to one woman’s dream, Teresa Anthony, who grew up in the town of Hanson. She took on the work of bringing the downtown area of Hanson back to life.

Hanson Kentucky has undergone a wonderful transformation from a town that was quickly deteriorating to one of renewed historical pride with a feel of days gone by. Reaching back into its vibrant history, Hanson is once again alive and has become a haven for artisans and antique collectors.

Hanson KY is definitely one of those places that you should visit if you love to eat!! For the best, freshest breakfast, lunch or dinners be sure to stop by the Hanson Country Market, The Country Oven Bakery or The Hanson Buffalo Grill while visiting downtown.

The Hanson Country Market – run by Carlis and Shannon Oakley – serves up incredible homemade BBQ and fresh deli sandwiches. Sausage biscuits are hot and fresh in the a.m. Stop by and chat with your neighbor for lunch or you can call/fax your order in for pick up.

Liz Yoder at the Country Oven Bakery will blow your Adkins Diet sky high with her mouthwatering, made from scratch, Amish recipe pies, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, apple fritters, and fruit turnovers. If that’s not enough be sure to taste her pizza and subs on homemade rolls. Brad Ballard and his family have been cooking for locals for years now and it just keeps getting better. The Hanson Buffalo Grill serves up full breakfasts, delicious lunches, and dinner Thurs-Sat. Daily specials and Friday night Fish Fry’s. Check out also our post about Historic Wallace in Idaho.