While we love international travel, living in the US provides the opportunity to explore 3.8 million square miles and an amazing array of destinations. In addition to the famous spots and landmarks, we’ve also discovered some truly offbeat attractions along the way. And after visiting all 50 states, the Wigwam Village in Cave City, Kentucky is still one of my favorites.
Actually, the correct name of this wacky motel is the Wigwam Village Inn #2. This motel is 1 of 7 built in the 1930s (hence the #2) and unfortunately, only 2 others remain – #6 in Holbrook, Arizona. and #7 in Riallto, California. What a marvelous piece of Americana. These whimsical wigwams were built when travel wasn’t just about the destination, but also about the journey (there’s a lesson here). Motor courts, as they were called, had to offer more than a bed to entice weary travelers, and the a Wigwam Village easily fills the bill.
According to the Wigwam Village website,
“The Wigwam Village Inn #2 began as a dream of Frank A. Redford in the early 1900s. Frank’s inspirations in this dream were a popular ice cream shop shaped like an upside down cone and authentic teepees he’d seen on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota. His dream became reality in 1935 when construction on Wigwam Village #1 was completed in Horse Cave, Kentucky. Realizing he’d hit upon a popular idea, Frank patented the design with the US Patent Office in 1936.”
I grew up near Cave City, and because my family is nearby, I’ve never had the pleasure of staying in the Wigwam Village, but it’s only a matter of time. So if you get a chance, drive a few miles off I-65 and see this unique place.
This post was last published April 13, 2013.