Photos —The First Kentucky Fried Chicken HQ, Claudia Sanders Dinner House For Sale


The historic Claudia Sanders Dinner House — which was created by Colonel Sanders and served as the first Kentucky Fried Chicken headquarters — is up for sale. 

Located in Shelbyville, the property includes three acres; a 5,000-square-foot residence that belonged to Colonel Sanders and his wife Claudia from 1959 to 1984, named Blackwood Hall; and an almost 25,000-square-foot restaurant and banquet hall.

The sale is for both the restaurant and property, which was the primary residence of the Sanders family for more than 25 years.

Also included in the sale is the trademark and likeness of the Claudia Sanders name, plus memorabilia from the Sanders family, including Colonel Sanders’ original Kentucky Colonel certificate, a Happy Birthday letter from President Nixon to Colonel Sanders, Colonel Sanders’ Bible, money clip, wristwatch, and other historical items. 

Jonathan Klunk, a listing agent and family representative, said in a press release, “Claudia was the unspoken hero of her husband's success in business. And he wanted to honor her by creating Claudia Sanders Dinner House and associated brands. There is so much rich history included in this sale. It is exciting to think about the potential that lies ahead for the right buyer — to honor and protect this legacy and grow the brand even further.”

The estate sale is being handled by Six Degrees Real Estate.