The 1817 Saddle Factory

321 East 4th Street
Russellville, Kentucky 42276


The 1817 Saddle Factory

The 1817 Saddle Factory, which has been restored to its original layout, is perhaps the oldest industrial building in KY. In 1820 there were 44 workers, mainly indentured servants and slaves, living on the site making saddles, bridles, shoes, and a variety of other leather goods. Early KY saddles and primitive tools are on display. Living quarters for the workers were located in the attic, where they drew and wrote on the plaster walls.

Kentucky Artisans in the Saddle Factory offers a unique shopping experience for visitors and the opportunity to purchase original artwork, ceramics, crafts and gift items handmade by local artisans.

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