Hardscratch Country Store
First called Glenville and later Glensfork, "Hardscratch" has been a destination since the late 1800's. According to
legend, civil war veterans, returning from war, often remarked that the people in this area had to scratch hard for a
living. Apparently the phrase stuck, and residents have called the area by that name ever since.
Many older residents can remember when there
were several stores, a bank, a barber shop, a Post
Office, and a Masonic Lodge in the little village.
The Post Office and Lodge sign still stand, but
only as fading memories of the way things once
Ken, Vickie, and Jake Hill purchased
the store when it closed in 2005.
Without a local Country Store you
never really get to know your
neighbors. Friends and Neighbors still
get together every day to share stories,
local news, and good food. Both the 1st
and 2nd Amendments are alive and
well in Hardscratch!
Some of the items inside the store have a history all their
own. The wood-burning cook stove (No, it's not for sale.)
belonged to Vickie's Grandmother. It came up the
Cumberland River to Creelsboro, Kentucky on a steamboat,
around 1937. In it's day it was the ultimate status symbol for
a country woman, and when land was $25.00 per acre, this
stove cost over $250.00.
A nice arrangement of “Gifts by Vickie” are arranged atop
an antique Gibson Ice Box, once used by Ken’s
Grandparents. The old wooden box is actually a drawer
salvaged from the Country Store in Creelsboro, before it was
demolished in the late 1990’s.