The Hammack-Moore House Bed & Breakfast

Enter her doors and step back into an era where the ladies wore high-buttoned shoes and long dresses and the gentlemen, felt top hats and frock coats. The Hammack-Moore House, located in downtown Madisonville, Kentucky, is one of the few remaining grand Victorian homes that once lined Main Street.

According to the research of the Hopkins County Historical Society, the lot where The Hammack-Moore House now stands was purchased in October of 1895 by J.S. Whittinghill for the sum of $1,825. Thereafter, Mr. Whittinghill built the house at a cost of $7,500...all 5,000 square feet of it! Between 1907 and 1916, the property changed hands several times until it was sold to Dr. William Moore Hammack and his wife, Jessie Ora, on January 15, 1916.
Following Jessie's death in 1941, Dr. Hammack transferred the home to his only child, Mary Lucile (Kiel) Hammack Moore. The Hammacks, later joined by Keil's husband, J.B. Moore, a local pharmacist, lived in the home for many years together. They regularly rented the spare rooms of the rambling house to businessmen and professionals: given its extraordinary number of bathrooms for the day, the home was well-suited as a boarding house.

Dr. Hammack died in 1965 at the age of 85, having practiced medicine in Madisonville for over 50 years, often from his own home where his name plate remains on the front door to this day. Kiel died in 1995, at which time the home passed to her husband who sold to Joe & Shirley Thomas in 2000, thus embarking on their post-retirement career as bed and breakfast hosts.

Walk the halls...and step back in time.


Visitors to The Hammack-Moore House are greeted by a lofty foyer, the focal point of which is a circular oak stairway, meticulously refinished to its former beauty by Joe himself.

As would be expected of any fine Victorian structure, the home is replete with generous hardwood trim work, massive carved fireplace mantles, elegant Victorian gingerbread fretwork spandrels and custom cut and stained glass windows. An interesting bit of trivia regarding the stained glass that most of our guests never notice: all of the rectangular windows were installed upside down. No doubt the craftsman responsible would never have dreamed that his mistake would continue on over 100 years later!

For light sleepers: please note that downtown Madisonville, like many other small towns, grew up along the railroad. While we have had few complaints over the years and some even consider it quaint, light sleepers may prefer the solitude of Spring Lake Woods where the train whistle is barely a whisper.