Polly Parrott's - Horse Cave

Polly Parrott's - Horse Cave

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Curious

Louisville, KY

#1 Apr 23, 2010
Anybody know anything about Polly Parrott's, ca 1930's, Horse Cave?
koko

Glasgow, KY

#2 Apr 23, 2010
Any paticular reason why?And yes,I know a little they were my great grandparents.
Curious

Louisville, KY

#3 Apr 24, 2010
No earth-shattering reason; just friendly curiosity. I actually grew up near Horse Cave, but everybody always seemed to be so secretive about this place. I am just curious to know whether Polly Parrot was the actual name of a person or if it was the name of the business place. I do know that Fairview Camp was owned by at least 2 different people in the 1930's. I also know that my parents had some dealings with the place, but I can't find out to what extent.(They are both long deceased.) Did "Pauline's" start out there? Somebody said it did, but there was no mention of Horse Cave in the book. I'd just like to know more about the history of Polly Parrott's and Fairview Camp. Thank you for your help.
koko

Glasgow, KY

#4 Apr 24, 2010
Curious wrote:
No earth-shattering reason; just friendly curiosity. I actually grew up near Horse Cave, but everybody always seemed to be so secretive about this place. I am just curious to know whether Polly Parrot was the actual name of a person or if it was the name of the business place. I do know that Fairview Camp was owned by at least 2 different people in the 1930's. I also know that my parents had some dealings with the place, but I can't find out to what extent.(They are both long deceased.) Did "Pauline's" start out there? Somebody said it did, but there was no mention of Horse Cave in the book. I'd just like to know more about the history of Polly Parrott's and Fairview Camp. Thank you for your help.
His actual name was Paul but with a last name like Parrot you can imagine why the "nickname" came into play "Paulie want a cracker?"and such.To what book are you refering?Could be iterestig to read.I'm not sure if their place started out as Paulines first?I'm not exactly sure when it was purchased.I do know that my great grandfather first owned a pool hall/room in Glasgow before buying the place in Horse Cave and if I'm remembering correctly it closed in 1955?I'll try to find out more info.
Curious

Louisville, KY

#5 Apr 24, 2010
Thanks for the response. The book I am referring to is "Memoirs of a Happy Hooker", by Pauline Tabor. According to one of my sources, Fairview Camp was owned in 1939 by Mr. & Mrs. Joe Underwater. Also according to the same source, there was some rather raunchy stuff going on there at that time--gambling, prostitution, illegal alcohol sales/consumption, etc. I am wondering just when your great grandfather bought it and how long he had it and if there were other owners in between. Where did Pauline Tabor fit into this picture? And, yes, it was somewhere around 1955 that the place closed as a restaurant/inn or whatever. I do know the old restaurant building is still there, but the cabins have long been gone (torn down). I'm anxious to find out more. This is an interesting piece of history. You know it has to be "good" if nobody is willing to talk about it. haha
koko

Glasgow, KY

#6 Apr 26, 2010
Ok..what the ****?Sorry,this just a shock first I have heard of this.I don't think my great grandparents would have been messed up with such a crowd,they weren't that kind of people but they were the kind who believed their business was their business and nobody elses,so I guess you could say they were secretive.Anyway there aren't many people still living that remember the place and the only info. I can get is that apparently they had a secret sauce they put on their hamburgers and it was similar to what is on the big mac and another one that was made with a mixture of ketchup and something,I'm figuring maybe it was just homemade ketchup, and everbody was crazy over them.I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone yet who may possibly know more of what you are looking for but I will try soon.Are you also writing a book?Sounds like Horse Cave might have been one hot little town back in it's day!Wow!I posted on another post last year that my grandmother had pictures but she passed and I haven't had the heart to look through her things to find them yet,maybe soon?And yes the resturant building is still there and it is now someones place of residence.
Pepper

Glasgow, KY

#7 Apr 26, 2010
"Polly" came to Horse Cave after Glasgow was voted dry and Horse Cave was still wet. He bought the Fairview Camp, restaurant and gas pumps so he could sell beer with his infamous hamburgers. He had no connection with prostitution or any other illegal activities. He was interested in the Ky. Derby, and had signs posted on the Fehrs Beer sign on the wall with all the derby winners. When my husband and I first married, we had no money. He was paid on Sat. and the highlight of our week was a sack full of Polly's hamburgers. The cabins are gone, but the sidewalks that ran on both sides are still there. We have great memories of the hamburgers and the special people who ran the restaurant. Great people!!!

By the way, Pauline had her start at this location.
koko

Glasgow, KY

#8 Apr 27, 2010
Pepper wrote:
"Polly" came to Horse Cave after Glasgow was voted dry and Horse Cave was still wet. He bought the Fairview Camp, restaurant and gas pumps so he could sell beer with his infamous hamburgers. He had no connection with prostitution or any other illegal activities. He was interested in the Ky. Derby, and had signs posted on the Fehrs Beer sign on the wall with all the derby winners. When my husband and I first married, we had no money. He was paid on Sat. and the highlight of our week was a sack full of Polly's hamburgers. The cabins are gone, but the sidewalks that ran on both sides are still there. We have great memories of the hamburgers and the special people who ran the restaurant. Great people!!!
By the way, Pauline had her start at this location.
I have been told that my family only owned the resturant and not the Fairview Camp but their facts might not have been correct either but I'm thinking that is also what my grandmother told me(that they only owned the resturant).Anyway this is the first time I am hearing of this Pauline person and I do know Polly's place was named after Paul Parrot the owner and pepper is right he did move to Horse Cave after Glasgow went dry and then closed again when Horse Cave went dry but closed mostly do to health reasons.
curious

Louisville, KY

#9 Apr 27, 2010
Thank you, Pepper and Koko, for that info. No, I am not writing a book. To be totally honest with you, my mother worked at "Polly Parrotts". I'm not sure of the year, but it was in the 1930's. She spoke highly of "Polly Parrott",but never revealed any information. I don't even know how long she worked there or what she done there. The source of information that I referred to previously is a newspaper clipping from 1939 showing that the owners at that time were the Underwoods and there was a police raid; 34 people were arrested and 15 were later indicted on the charges I mentioned. Of course, my mother would never tell things like that, because she was fond of the Parrotts and my mother had to have been the most secretive person on earth.(haha)So, I have come to the conclusion that during the 1930's, there was at least 2 or more owners of this place. My mother is deceased, but she would not have given me specifics if I had asked her. I learned early in life to not ask her any questions.(haha)I learned more by listening. Yes, from what I have learned, Horse Cave was definitely "sin city" back in the day. It's "ghost town" now. You know, when people are so secretive about things, like my mother was, it just makes people more curious. That leads me to wonder to what extent she was involved in all these goings on. haha Thanks again for the insight.
curious

Louisville, KY

#10 Apr 27, 2010
Pepper, apparently you know a lot about "Fairview Camp"/"Polly Parrots". Do you remember a woman called "Jackie" who worked there? In the 30's, she would have been in her late teens or early 20's. Thanks.
Pepper

Glasgow, KY

#11 Apr 28, 2010
Sorry, can't remember the 30's. Have lots of memories of the 40's and 50's. Know about some things from the 30's through stories from parents and other people in town. Also from stories told to us by Polly himself. I have some family, still living, that should have some answers. Will get in touch with them and see what I can find out as you have peaked my curiosity.
miserable

Louisville, KY

#12 Apr 29, 2010
Thanks. I'm also interested in early 1940's - until about 1944. I have come to the conclusion that Polly Parrott and Pauline were 2 different people, so that clarifies one of my questions. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
P.S. One of my questions is what years Paul "Polly" Parrott had the place and what was his wife's name?
curious

Louisville, KY

#13 Apr 29, 2010
that last post by "miserable" is under wrong identity----sorry for that!
fyi

Canton, OH

#14 Apr 29, 2010
miserable wrote:
Thanks. I'm also interested in early 1940's - until about 1944. I have come to the conclusion that Polly Parrott and Pauline were 2 different people, so that clarifies one of my questions. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
P.S. One of my questions is what years Paul "Polly" Parrott had the place and what was his wife's name?
Pauline was born in Warren County, KY---maiden name was Martin...She married a Raymond(Jack) Tabor---house was operated on Clay Street in Bowling Green and closed in 1969...she married Paul Webster and lived on farm (organic) in Warren County....husband preceded her in death....At age of 87, Pauline died while living in Texas, her funeral was at Kirby & Sons in Bowling Green and she is buried in Fairview Cemetery>>>>If you do goggle search you will find a Pauline"Polly" Tabor who is different person
fyi

Canton, OH

#15 Apr 29, 2010
fyi wrote:
<quoted text>Pauline was born in Warren County, KY---maiden name was Martin...She married a Raymond(Jack) Tabor---house was operated on Clay Street in Bowling Green and closed in 1969...she married Paul Webster and lived on farm (organic) in Warren County....husband preceded her in death....At age of 87, Pauline died while living in Texas, her funeral was at Kirby & Sons in Bowling Green and she is buried in Fairview Cemetery>>>>If you do goggle search you will find a Pauline"Polly" Tabor who is different person
should have read google not goggle
Pepper

Glasgow, KY

#16 Apr 29, 2010
Polly and Pauline were certainly different people. I am in the process of obtaining information that will clarify some of this question. I still do not believe that Polly Parrot had anything to do with the operation that preceded his buying of the premises. I will post when I have more information.
Curious

Louisville, KY

#17 Apr 30, 2010
Pepper, you are probably right. I am confident, now from my research, that Polly Parrott and Pauline were certainly 2 different people. I would like to know the years that Polly was there, just out of curiosity, because my mother worked there. I'm very much looking forward to hearing from you again.
koko

Glasgow, KY

#18 May 1, 2010
miserable wrote:
Thanks. I'm also interested in early 1940's - until about 1944. I have come to the conclusion that Polly Parrott and Pauline were 2 different people, so that clarifies one of my questions. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
P.S. One of my questions is what years Paul "Polly" Parrott had the place and what was his wife's name?
Margret
Interesting

Glasgow, KY

#19 Aug 17, 2010
This has been one of the most interesting topix articles I've read.
Where exactly was the restaurant that was owned/run by Mr. Parrot?
Was it on Main Street in Horse Cave?
I had heard that Pauline's Brothel started out on Hwy.218 close to the Old Car Wash in Horse Cave.
hometown girl

Louisville, KY

#20 Aug 17, 2010
Interesting wrote:
This has been one of the most interesting topix articles I've read.
Where exactly was the restaurant that was owned/run by Mr. Parrot?
Was it on Main Street in Horse Cave?
I had heard that Pauline's Brothel started out on Hwy.218 close to the Old Car Wash in Horse Cave.
Polly Parrot's restaurant and the cabins were located on Hwy 218,(aka Main Street) across the street from the car wash, at the corner of Hwy 218 and Hwy 1846. The restaurant was in the little white building, that is still standing.(On the southwest corner of the intersection.) This place was known as "Polly Parrot's" and also as "Fairview Camp". If Pauline's Brothel did start out on Hwy 218 in Horse Cave, as you mentioned, then this is the place according to my research. I don't know who owned it at the time, because there were at least 2 or 3 owners in the time period of 1930-1950. Yes, this is a very interesting subject and I'd like to find out more.

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