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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Urban Artifact, a Cincinnati-based craft brewer, has announced a collaboration with Rabbit Hash General Store to bring a private label beer to the store for the first time.

The Rabbit Hash General Store, in the heart of historic Rabbit Hash, Ky., has been around since and survived the flood of and the recent firein

"When news broke about a recent fire that devastated the Rabbit Hash General Store and the community that supports it, the Urban Artifact team knew that they wanted to find a way to collaborate with this living artifact," a recent Urban Artifact news release states.

It goes on to say:

The Urban Artifact team wanted to create a little "buzz" (pun intended) around the store, thus "Rabbit Hash General Store Golden Ale" was born. Clocking in at ABV, this golden ale is crisp and refreshing.

"It's an amazing beer, gold in color, packed with flavor. We loved the collaborative process with the folks in Rabbit Hash, and we're confident we've produced something both sides of the river can be proud of," states Scott Hand, co-owner of Urban Artifact.

You can discover this liquid artifact for yourselves at the Urban Artifact taproom or take a scenic ride out to Boone County, Ky.

Six-packs of Rabbit Hash General Store Golden Ale will be available at the General Store on Friday. The store is open every day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Photos: Remembering the Rabbit Hash General Store

An historic Northern Kentucky landmark was erased by fire on Saturday night, and the famed Rabbit Hash General Store was a smoldering heap of ashes when Sunday morning rolled around.

This quiet riverside village in Boone County, known around the globe for its affinity for canine mayors, for the first time became a trending topic on Twitter. But it wasn't Mayor Lucy Lou or the unincorporated community of Rabbit Hash's stuck-in-time draw that brings thousands of visitors from all over that caught the nation's attention late Saturday. It was the devastating news that its most treasured features was gone in a blaze that investigators are still unsure of the cause. 

REBUILD: Owner seeks help, $, to rebuild Rabbit Hash General Store

Local historians trace parts of the General Store to and while its ownership has changed hands, for the past several decades it has been widely known as the Rabbit Hash General Store, an authentic old-fashioned throwback to slower times, and a regular weekend destination for tourists, locals, and bikers.

Donald Clare writes a history of Rabbit Hash and its namesake store here.

The following photos are lifted from various sources (as noted) and show the changing face of a significant piece of Northern Kentucky history, now gone.

-Staff report

Top photo: Clifford Stephens, owner of the General Store, and Raymond Carroll, 77, sitting on bench in (via Kenton Co. Public Library)

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Rabbit Hash General Store

Photo: Tim Webb

Sunny weekends in Rabbit Hash bring out the crowds to browse artisan-made brooms, soaps, pottery and more at the Rabbit Hash General Store; and poke among antiques and Kentucky-made collectibles at Folksiders. They may also be found sipping a glass of wine in the tasting room of Gunpowder Creek Vineyards and munching on tacos and other Tex-Mex goodies from Chef Hip E’s Cocina Loca. 

“Also, the mayor has his own ice cream truck he brings down on the weekends,” says Bobbi Kayser, president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. She is referring to Wilbur, the French bulldog who won the mayoral election in this tiny town of less than perched on the Ohio River in rural Boone County. 

For a town measuring a mere acres, there is a lot going on. 

At the center of all the hubbub is the Rabbit Hash General Store, a little engine that could that has survived floods and fires since it opened for business back in , including a fire in that nearly destroyed this piece of pure Americana. The beloved landmark, served by Owen Electric, was painstakingly rebuilt a year later, using both salvaged and era-specific materials. 

Terrie Markesbery is the proprietor and manager of the General Store as well as the innkeeper at the Old Hashienda, the charming lodging located right across the street. Both exude an old-timey vibe through the yesteryear goodies on the shelves and the old-fashioned decor at the inn. 

“I have worked very hard to create a welcoming atmosphere and an eclectic collection of products, goods and antiques,” says Markesbery. “It’s super interesting to walk through the store and shop the stock of items ranging from handmade leather goods to Rabbit Hash gear to artisan incense and candles.” 

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

Photo: Tim Webb

On hot summer nights and during cold weather months, Markesbery brings in bands from Cincinnati, Lexington and Louisville. Barn dances take place once a month in the summer and every Sunday in the winter, January through March. 

With the Old Hashienda, Markesbery has lovingly decorated one of Rabbit Hash’s historic buildings to create a homey and rustic retreat. Here, visitors can enjoy sitting a spell on the porch swing to watch the riverboats glide along the Ohio, lighting up the authentic woodburning stove to ward off the chill of a cool evening and listening to live music from the comfort of their own place. 

The inn has an equipped kitchen, queen bedroom, separate sitting room, full bath and free Wi-Fi access. It also has free private parking, a valuable amenity in a place that fills up on the weekends with locals, area bikers and tourists. 

“We like to say, ‘All roads lead to Rabbit Hash,’” says Kayser. 

The Rabbit Hash General Store, a Kentucky Landmark, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The entire year-old wooden town of Rabbit Hash, which is owned by the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, is a National Register District and a Preserve America Community. 

“There is an undeniable magic and appeal that blanket this little town that is hard to describe but easy to feel,” says Markesbery. “It seems that after you get here, no matter what drew you in, the sense of community that is created and nourished by our locals will continue to capture your attention.” 

The Rabbit Hash General Store, Lower River Road, is open daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Learn more about the store and the Old Hashienda or call ()  Mayor Wilbur has his own Facebook page and is known to make a special appearance at various functions. (And if he can’t make it, ambassadors Jack Rabbit, a hound dog, and Lady Stone, a border collie, step in for him.) Learn more about the Rabbit Hash Historical Society call ()  Both are served by Owen Electric. 

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A Trip To One Of The Oldest General Stores In Kentucky Is Like Stepping Back In Time

Posted in KentuckyAttractions September 13, by Sarah McCosham

General stores offer a glimpse into the past. Offering more than merely food and supplies, general stores are community hubs where a visit is truly an experience. Years ago, folks would gather at their local general store to converse, break bread, and simply enjoy one another&#;s company. Today in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, that tradition continues. Kentucky&#;s Rabbit Hash General Store has been a community cornerstone since , and remains one of the town&#;s most beloved fixtures to this day.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

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You'll find it at Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash, KY,

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Have you been to Kentucky&#;s Rabbit Hash General Store before? It really is a Kentucky bucket list must! Learn more about this local general store here. And of course, Rabbit Hash itself is a delight of a town that&#;s worthy of exploring, too.

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Address: Rabbit Hash General Store, Lower River Rd, Burlington, KY , USA

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One year later: Rabbit Hash General Store reopens after fire

RABBIT HASH, Ky. – After the iconic Rabbit Hash General Store nearly burned to the ground last year, its caretakers set out to rebuild the year-old landmark with the same look and feel.

After literally rising from the ashes, the store reopened Saturday afternoon with special ceremonies to mark the occasion.

Mary Unterreiner, president of Rabbit Hash Historical Society, said seeing the store open again was “inexplicable."

"It's just been a very long year,” Unterreiner said. “It's been very surreal. I feel like today has been more surreal than the day it burned down.”  

SEE how the General Store looks now and how it looked after the fire:

The store has been both modernized with smoke detectors, a sprinkler system and a walk-in refrigerator and preserved with the old stove and materials salvaged from the fire and five other nearby buildings of its era.

Judy Raker saw the store go up in flames over a year ago, and she said she was impressed with the turnaround. 

"We actually drove through the day it burned down, and I'll tell you they did a great job,” Raker said. “It's awesome -- so a lot of good people good food. It's great."

Perhaps no one was as excited to see Rabbit Hash’s beloved general store than Annie Woods. Woods has been going to the store since she was a little girl.

"It’s one of the few places left where you can come down, sit down, spend some time, talk to people,” Woods said.

Don Clare with Rabbit Hash Historical Society said the reopening felt like being at home.

"You can see it on the smiles on everyone's faces. It's just great to have the store back,” Clare said.

After watching in heartbreak as flames consumed the original building, residents vowed the next day to rebuild it with authentic materials in order to maintain its treasured spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

"We salvaged studding, siding, shelving, flooring, the porch overhang, rear door, front center door, window frames, and more," Duane Doyle, vice president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, told WCPO.

Era pieces were donated or brought in to replace the artifacts consumed in the fire.

PHOTO GALLERY: See more of the renovations.

RELATED: How the community brought the store back to life

The re-opening celebration began with a ribbon cutting ceremony at a.m. The store featured live music, including performances by Cadillac Catfish and the Rhythm Gang, The Modified and The Star Devils.

WATCH video of the fire:



Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore has proclaimed April 1 through 8 as Rabbit Hash General Store Week.

RELATED: How Rabbit Hash got its name

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After the fire: The Rabbit Hash General Store rises again

Sun., Feb. 5, The Rabbit Hash General Store is at the end stages of construction after it was gutted by fire last February. The warm, sunny weather and music brought a crowd to the historic town Sunday.

People cried while it burned. They sang “Amazing Grace.” They saw the history they shared with so many others vanish into ash.

Firefighters had worked five hours to quell the Rabbit Hash General Store blaze on that cold night a year ago.

But by the morning light of a frosty Valentine's Day, , all that remained of the heart of Rabbit Hash was a smoldering foundation and three partial walls. An electrical fire had leveled Northern Kentucky's oldest landmark on the banks of the Ohio River.

The town – known for dog mayors and biker church – was just beginning to mourn. The store, built in , was not just a building, it was a monument to a shared past, a simple life and community.

Saturday Feb. 13, Firefighters battle the fire that engulfed the iconic Rabbit Hash General Store.

The store had endured the Civil War, years of floods and massive growth of the surrounding area.

Before sunrise on that first day, the community would insist that it would survive this fire.

Before sunrise on that first day, they were already set to rebuild what is affectionately known in these parts as the Center of the Universe.

Duane Doyle hugs Ruby Young after a fire Sunday, Feb. 14,

The plan

Don Clare, president of the local historical society, said he wanted the store open within a year. But it was more complicated than just building another general store.

The store, originally erected in the s, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in In , the Rabbit Hash Historic District was added, with the store as its centerpiece, and the Rabbit Hash Historical Society wanted to keep it that way.

 A truck takes stock from the Rabbit Hash General Store to save it from rising waters during the flood.

It was both a blessing and a curse.

A blessing because so many people agreed to the rebuild. “It's the centerpiece of this whole experience of Rabbit Hash,” said Clare. “The store, besides being the collection area of people’s good and products when they came off the boats, it was the heartbeat of this community.”

A curse because if you want to rebuild a national treasure and keep the designation, you have to clear a lot of hurdles and play by the registry’s rules.

Less than two weeks after the fire, the plan-making got down to business.

Duane Doyle, vice president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, which owned the year-old Rabbit Hash General Store, looks over the smoldering remains of the store that was heavily damaged by fire late 2/ Donnie Clare, president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, said fire officials told him the fire was not arson, He added that the store will be rebuilt.

It was estimated that to restore the Rabbit Hash General Store to its former glory and keep it on the national registry would cost between $, and $, And you had to do that while adhering to the strict guidelines set forth by the Secretary of Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties for preserving, rehabilitating, restoring and reconstructing historic buildings.

Most notably, that meant the rebuild had to make use of as much original material and fabric as possible. Any “new” material must be "like" material, prepared in a similar manner.

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If that weren’t enough, once plans are in place, the architectural drawings and building management plan must be approved by national, state and local historical societies and planning committees.

Driving into Rabbit Hash may feel like driving back in time, which might be in part what drew people who are passionate about preserving history there in the first place. In less than two weeks after the fire, two groups signed on to do the grunt work of preparing and drawing up architectural plans.

Mike Striker, a Boone County resident and senior manager of the archaeology division of the architectural firm of Gray and Pape, brought his expertise down Rabbit Hash Hill Road, along with a laser scanner to create a map of the store, or of what still stood. These accurate measurements were handed off to Harry Sparks, the retired owner of Architectural Group International and an old friend of the general store.

Thu., Feb. 2, Don Clare holds a box that protects a "juju" doll that he made and hung overtop of the entrance to the restored Rabbit Hash General Store.

The laser scan measured the crooked floor, the uneven settings of the doors and windows and all the quirks of the store as it was built and added onto over the course of its year life.

After the scan was completed, Clare and other members of the community spent hours during February and early March digging through what remained of the store. They inspected the three remaining walls and floor, taking note of the types of joints used to connect the walls and where holes in the wall had been filled with chunks of cork and corncobs.

Clare published an autopsy report of the store after it was stripped down to its foundation.

Thu., Feb. 2, A detail shot of a replacement stove, which, like the one that was last in the old store, was built in the s in Rabbit Hash. The stove, which heated the building, had been a gathering spot for music and conversation.

Its findings were almost a relief. No, the cause of the devastating fire was not the Rabbit Hash Iron Works stove that warmed the store, it was an elderly Coca-Cola cooler that had seen better days.

In May, the blueprints and plans were finalized and sent off to the Department of the Interior.

Then the waiting game began.

The rescue

It wasn’t long before fundraisers cropped up across Northern Kentucky and Ohio.

The largest event was likely the Ride for Rabbit Hash when hundreds of bikers who euphemistically called the small town home came together for one great ride through the city. The effort's receipts were turned over to the cause. A GoFundMe account raised $65,

Sun., Feb. 5, Rita Brooks of Covington, 71, dances with Slippery Creek's fiddler Harry Pedigo of Fairfax, Ohio.

The community raised much more. A fundraiser at Colonel De’s, a Fort Thomas spice company, raised $11, Duke Energy, which runs a plant a few miles downstream donated $25, Forcht Bank matched $1, of donations to a restoration fund.

Concerts were held all over Boone County and a two-night event at the Southgate House boasted more than 30 performers, proceeds benefiting the store. Students at Kelly Elementary, four short miles from the store, donated $1, and a handful of valuable antiques to fill the store they knew so well.

"It impacted everyone when this went down last year,” the historic society’s Mary Unterreiner said.

Unterreiner grew up two miles from the General Store and spent her youth sneaking away from her parents to explore the old town, trying to find a way to make her mark on the history of it.

Thu., Feb. 2, Studying a photograph taken before the fire of the store's shelving, Ed Unterreiner, owner of Rivertown Construction directs his son, Eddie Unterreiner, as Eddie works on the details of restoring the shelving in the same location. Rivertown Construction has been in charge of the physical labor of the Rabbit Hash General Store's restoration.

For Unterreiner, connecting to history is a way to be a part of something more meaningful.

"We would always search for any old thing we could find or carve our names in something to be a part of the culture of the area," she said.

That connection is there in Rabbit Hash. You drive down Rabbit Hash Hill Road or Rt. and end up on the banks of the Ohio River, in the middle of a town that looks like it belongs in the past. There, it's easy to slow down, sit on the front porch of the store and drink a root beer. There are always dogs in Rabbit Hash, running free, sitting in the sun on open porches and swimming in the shallows of the Ohio. Cell phone service is spotty. And there's usually a band playing close by and a fire is lit.

The past year has been a journey for Unterreiner, connecting her back to her own roots and the history of the town. While studying for a master’s degree in historic preservation, she got an easy A on a project documenting the general store. The detailed pictures she took for that are a part of the blueprint that her father Ed Unterreiner, owner of Rivertown Construction Inc., has followed throughout the building process.

Thu., Feb. 2, Eddie Unterreiner of Rivertown Construction works on restoring the shelving in the back of the store. Rivertown Construction has been in charge of the physical labor of the Rabbit Hash General Store's restoration.

Rebuilding the store from the ground up wasn’t all fun and games.

Waiting around for the plans to be approved, volunteers and construction crews spent the summer wading through old abandoned barns and homes, searching for the materials to restore the missing two-thirds of the building. That included finding thick ceiling beams needed to keep the structural and historic integrity intact.

Volunteer Duane Doyle switched his shift at Duke’s East End Power Plant to work for Rabbit Hash in the mornings. He remembers that the summer was hot and not necessarily fun, as he spent his time tearing down three structures and crawling through attics full of bird and raccoon droppings.

There was no guarantee of the timeline, but by the time Old Timer’s Day rolled around on Sept. 3, the historical society was nearly done gathering the “like materials” they needed.

Oct. 7, Ed Unterreiner of Rivertown Construction, front, his son, Eddie Unterreiner, left, and Don Clare.

In early October, the plans were approved, much quicker than the historical society believed would happen. But they were ready. Ed Unterreiner's construction company shifted gears to start building the "new old store."

Rabbit Hash store rising from the ashes

By Oct, the floor was in place and the framing was up. The floor was purposely rebuilt to be as crooked as the original and there were no walls, but if you stood in the right place, you could see that familiar view out the back door down to the creek.

During construction, a dog lazed easily on the wobbly and still unattached front porch that had been salvaged from the fire.

By month’s end, the planking was up on the exterior and all that was missing was the roof, a coat of white paint and the Coca-Cola sign welcoming you inside.

Nov. 11, Work is done on the new Rabbit Hash General Store sign.

Election Day rolled around and Brynneth Pawltro, an energetic pit bull, was elected mayor. She toured the streets of her constituency with the sound of construction in the background. The general store was nearly complete, with construction crews working every day as winter approached.

By late January, the mural was painted, the inside was filling up.

Nearly days after the fire, walking into the general store is like seeing an old friend.

The walls are whiter than anyone would believe. In the past, they were covered with antiques, stacks of T-shirts and mugs and a rainbow’s work of candy jars. The trim around the doors and windows is red and nothing but lights hang from the ceiling. Missing is an old chair, a washboard, a pile of sock monkeys.

Soon, the community hopes to fill the space with "new old" antiques that have meaning to those who love the store.

Ed Unterreiner still has faith the store can open again in early spring.

"I can come down here and feel proud that I was part of this. It's not this empty, burnt shell anymore. It's really back as if nothing happened," the contractor said.

All of this to restore the heart of the Center of the Universe.


WHAT:The historical society is looking for donations of antiques to fill the store. The more meaningful to the community and its past, the better.  

MORE INFO:Visit rabbithashhistsoc.org or search Rabbit Hash Historical Society on Facebook

Thu., Feb. 2, The interior of the restored Rabbit Hash General Store as some of the final touches ÐÊshelves and lighting ÐÊare added. "It looks like it did the day before it burned, except it looks like it's got a fresh coat of paint on it," said Don Clare, president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Ed Unterreiner, owner of Rivertown Construction who headed the construction, is pictured, front.
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