This article showed up in my latest issue of "Log Homes Illustrated", November-2002. I don't know how it hooks into the Renfro's connected to the Trent's, but I found it nice reading, hope you do too!
Aunt Polly’s House, Renfro Valley, KY
It isn’t surprising that people seeking craft items or local music performances are drawn to the Aunt Polly House, a crafts store in rural Kentycky that hosts outdoor concerts on weekends. What’s unexpected is that droves of people drop by regularly solely for the aesthetic value of the building. “Even when we’re closed, people still stop by and take pictures,” says Mary Ramsey, who runs the crafts store. “People from cities ask if it’s a replica. They can’t believe a building that old could be in such good shape.”
The Aunt Polly House, a two-story log home built in 1802, is believed tok be the oldest house in Renfro Valley. No one knows who the original occupants were, but its best known resident gave the building its unofficial name, Mary “Polly” Hiatt, who lived there for many years during the mid-1800’s. Over the years, many local people were born in the house, but eventually it became vacated.
Forty-five years ago the home was moved from its original location to a spot directly across the road in order to escape a planned flooding project that created a lake. Three years ago, says Ramsey, the vacant hous became the crafts store it is today. Several crafters in the area had wares to sell, but nowhere to sel them, so they were pleased at the opportunity to move into the Aunt Polly House. In order to run a business in the old-fashioned building, the five room cabin, which has a lean-to room out back, had to be modernized, since neither plumbing nor electricity had been installed.
Today, about 30 local crafters have booths spread throughout the house, selling quilts, ceramics, soaps, clocks and other creations, plus ice cream and homemade candy. On Saturdays, local bluegrass musicians play on the porch outside. “We’re making the use of a beautiful house,” Ramsey says, “getting a lot of attention for the building and giving local crafters a place to sell their crafts.”