SPECIAL REPORT: Old to New

FRANKLIN and BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - In Franklin, The Arling serves as a twist in time, ten years in the making.

Lydia Petersen is a wedding and event planner and in 2003 her daughter said she wanted to have her wedding reception in a barn as Lydia explains:

"We ended up converting a barn over at the golf course into a reception area."

From that reception, a love was born.

"I looked at Chuck and said I want a barn."

Ten years later in 2013, Lydia found her barn right next to her brother, Kenny Perry's, golf course.

"My heart kept coming back to the golf course with this being our family," explains Lydia.

From an old tobacco barn, to a renovated event venue, The Arling is a family affair Lydia's daughter and son-in-law were the architects, her husband served as contractor, and her son moved back home to help make his mother's dream come true. Even the name: The Arling represents Lydia's family; it's named after her grandfather, Arling McKinnley Perry

"I kept thinking tobacco barn, my love of our family and his name jumped out at me because he chewed tobacco. He always kept a twist in his pocket."

Lydia and Chuck incorporated as much of the old as they could with the new, including a lot of the original wood.

"It has now been converted to table tops on whiskey barrels or Chuck built tables for me, the farm tables," said Lydia.

A little over three years since the opened, Lydia is now at The Arling full-time.

"It's a dream I wanted for so long, those 10 years, and you turn the corner coming down the gravel road and I can't hardly believe it happened and I'm grateful for that."

Down the street in the heart of downtown Franklin is another piece of history brought back to life.

The Frozen Spoon is a frozen yogurt shop in the old Moore's Drug Store.

"It was kind of a cool place for people to come after school, kids hung out here for years and years, so it's just been a little fun hang out place."

Katelyn Sexton and her husband came up with the idea while eating at a frozen yogurt shop and thought it'd be a fun addition to the city.

"It give kids something to do after school, families something to do on weekends."

Katelyn has fond memories of the old Moore's which had a fountain in the back:

"This was the place, you got a drink and chips at Moore's and hung out front until your parents came to pick you up, so we thought it was kind of a repeat of history.

Repeating history was the goal; two of the original signs hang in the building, there are pictures on the wall of the old drug store, and the original seats from the fountain are at the front of the shop.

"A lot of people love to come in and sit there, they get to look out the window, they get to reminisce about when they sat in those seats."

David Newman bought an old tobacco warehouse three years ago and has renovated it into an event venue called The Venue at 939 Adams.

"I've loved this building for a long time. I've been familiar with it for a long time since I'm from Bowling Green and just always though it had a lot of potential."

David says the building is over 100 years old and started as a mercantile before becoming Scott Tobacco.

"Of course they were known for a famous product called Mammoth Cave Twist."

In the spirit of Mammoth Cave Twist, David put a Mammoth Cave road sign in The Venue. He also kept the original floors, an old sign from the tobacco warehouse, and used a lot of the original wood for the front of the bar and several backdrops.

"We just wanted to keep as much of that as possible and just really help people appreciate it more."

"They see stuff that's new all the time and I think they like it when they can go into a place that's 100 years old and there's a lot of original components to it," David explains.

As the old becomes new again, all three of these venues are working to keep the past alive.



 
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