Mother Goose House ~ Hazard Kentucky
Besides it’s eight egg shaped windows, this unique home features automobile lights that serve as the Goose’s eyes. At one time the lights blinked to passing motorist. It was built by George Stacy who lived at the Mother Goose house until his death many years ago.. “As far as I know, the goose was all my husband’s idea, Ollie Stacy said a few years ago. “I have no idea how he came up with that notion. He came home one day with the idea in his mind. I was surprised and I didn’t think he would go through with it. He should have been an architect,” Ollie Stacy said. Putting his plan into action, George Stacy went out to Big Creek and shot a goose. His wife, Ollie cooked it carefully, leaving the skeleton intact but removing all the meat. He used the skeleton to scale the building by, as a sort of a natural blueprint. According to Ollie it was a sacrifice to construct the goose building. They started with nothing and lived in an old shack above the site. Ollie said they didn’t have the money but were determined to do it anyway. “It took us forever to build it. We’d work a while and build a while,” remembered Stacy. It took them six years to complete the project. The exterior of the Mother Goose house is made of sandstone from creeks from all over the area, most of it hauled to the site by George Stacy’s three sons. The roof of the building is ribbed just like a goose. The head of the goose is about 15 feet high. There is a tail at the other end of the roof. It was built in an oval shape to symbolize a nest. Eli Brashear with the Home Lumber Company in Hazard milled the lumber which was numbered and fixed to make the skeleton. Charlie Presnell and Ivis Jones did the stone work, Lee Spalding poured the concrete and Corvitt Brown supervised the woodwork. The goose, which now serves as an apartment, has three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a bath, dining room, and large family room. Some have suggested that the structure be converted into a gift shop or museum. Sid Adams who at one time leased the house said tourists would stop frequently to ask about it and take pictures. “A group of Texans in a bus - I mean like 40 - stopped one time. Everybody asks, ‘What is it?’” Apparently, however, no one has ever figured out why George Stacy chose to make the roof of his home look like a goose, a fowl he never seemed particularly fond of according to his wife. The Mother Goose building was originally planned as a home, and the Stacy’s lived there for many years. The grocery store was added later. Today most people have an affectionate feeling for the Perry County landmark. The Mother Goose building is the creation of a man who was born in Hazard, a man who worked for the L and N railroad. It seems amazing that one day he just came home with the idea to do such a thing. “He was like that,” remembered his wife Ollie. The people of Hazard are lucky that he was. Though he has been gone for 45 years, he left a little bit of fantasy in an otherwise down to earth town. The building is a concrete hint to the magic of imagination that lies within us all, just waiting for a chance to hatch out and become real just like the Mother Goose.
Mother Goose Myth: For years it has been rumored that there are rocks inside the Mother Goose house from every state. There are rocks from many states and Canada inside, but not from every state. Click here for an article on the Mother Goose by Car & Driver Magazine.