FT. THOMAS, Ky. -- The recent "Rabbit Hash Bash" gathered hundreds of people at Colonel De Herbs and Spices for a hog roast, live music and silent auction, which raised more than $11,000 to help rebuild the landmark 185-year-old general store that burned down in February.
The Rabbit Hash General Store served as a community gathering place and continually operating store from 1831 until the devastating blaze Feb. 13 that made it a complete loss.
De Stewart, founder of Colonel De Herbs and Spices, said he has spent many weekends making and listening to music at the general store. He felt compelled to help after learning the insurance coverage was minimal.
“I was completely heartbroken after learning the news,” Stewart said.
Don Clare, president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, called Stewart's assistance "over the top."
“We are so thankful for this event and all the support we have been receiving since the fire,” Clare said. “We can’t thank Colonel De (enough) and all these people here who have taken time out of their day to stop by and share stories with us.”
At the event March 12, guests enjoyed live local music and a pig roast from Jim Dandy's Family BBQ for a $50 donation per person or $125 for a VIP ticket. The live and silent auctions included remains of the Rabbit Hash General Store that were re-purposed into memorabilia.
A featured item was a painting by Food Network star Chef Loreal who painted a picture of the Rabbit Hash General Store during the event.