A new exhibit at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville debuted on Saturday, June 9.
The exhibit, located on the first and second floors of the Wormald building, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Hinton Mills.
“We just feel blessed to tell our story,” said Hinton Mills owner Adam Hinton. “One of the most significant things was that it was another example of how many people it takes to make something work.”
Hinton said that it took a lot of folks over the years to run the business and to help set the exhibit up.
Frank L. Hinton, Adam and his generation of Hintons’ great-grandfather, opened the first Hinton Mills store in 1918. Over the years, that general store evolved into a major feed supplier and farm merchandiser.
According to Adam Hinton, the family business officially opened in 1918, but it started long before that.
“My great-grandfather was orphaned at age 9,” Hinton said. “Someone, we believe a neighbor, gave him a calf-which is represented in our logo today. He raised the calf and sold it. He raised a second one and sold that one. Then, he started raising two at a time and so on. In 1918, he purchased the location in Goddard.”
In 1923, Hinton’s great-grandfather purchased the Plummer’s Landing location from a relative.
“That’s our location today,” he said.
Hinton said that his company sells product, but they’re in the business of people.
“We sincerely appreciate the people who give us their business,” Hinton said.
The exhibit will feature a post office that was a part of the Plumbers Landing store since the 1800s as well as a device used to bag feed, photographs, a ledger where customer account information and receipts were kept, signs and an old register engraved with the name O.L. Hinton.
Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District, said that a lot of people in the area have been positively affected by Hinton Mills serving the community.
“A lot of people have had their first job at Hinton Mills,” Massie said. “I guarantee you the first paycheck a lot of people got was from Hinton Mills.”
Massie said that staying in business for 100 years is no small feat.
“There’s just not a lot of places that can do that,” Massie said. “To have these physical connections to our ancestors is amazing. You can read it in a book, but to be able to go and see it and see that it was real makes it come home.”
Massie said that connection to our past is very important, and said that the perseverance of the Hinton family’s business is something to admire.
“It’s clear they have responded to the community’s needs and want to serve this community,” Massie said. “It’s an honor to be in the presence of the Hinton family.”
Executive Director of the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center C.J. Hunter said that the museum is happy to partner with the Hinton family.
“They have given so much back to the community in so many ways,” Hunter said. “We’re just delighted that they chose the museum to showcase their memorabilia and their many artifacts from a hundred years of service.”
The Hinton Mills exhibit and others can be seen at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center during their operating hours Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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