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Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland

9351 US HWY 68 W, Calvert City, Kentucky 42029 USA

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“Wacky Whimsical Toy Museum”

Is a sprawling eclectic, wacky ,whimsical art tribute to old by-gone tacky roadside attractions. A historical Gulf gas station/diner/store est. 1928 now a museum. Toyland has over 3500 toys and six running trains in an operating fantasy toy diorama. A man with a dream, Grandpa Oral Wallace bought an apple orchard and a two room house on 6 acres November 6, 1928.    He started making apple cider and selling it at his new produce stand called "Shady Nock". Then he built an under- ground still hidden in the barn and open up an auto camp with small zoo. He was a musician, so he performed for the guest. In 1931 after hearing HWY 68 was going to be paved the house was added onto so there would be a room to rent. The wood that was left over from the house was used to build a small country store (14'x14') called Apple Valley. In this small space they had a small barbers chair where Oral would cut hair and a four seat diner where they served chicken dinners.  March 24, 1939 Gulf gas was added. Store/gas station closed down when Oral died February 28, 1964. Grandma Myrtle Wallace went back to selling stuff on the produce stand until 1988. Then in 2005, a change blew in !

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Reviewed by
keith.holt.54

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
December 31, 2013

We are still there ! For some reason, some GPSs like to take you to the wrong place. We are one mile east of I24 exit 16 on US HWY 68 W. or about eight miles west of Purchase Parkway on US HWY 68 W.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
spookyamd

  • 28 Reviews
  • 71 Helpful
June 06, 2014

Amazing stop and awesome people! Get ready for an hour long tour of punny art installations and a toy collection that will blow your mind! The couple responsible for this awesome roadside attraction, Keith Holt and Diane Karnes, are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet and their love of life and art is captivating. An absolute must visit if you're near the area!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
twisted

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
October 03, 2013

incredible off the wall humor in hillbilly style.. puns and whit in a visual form and the creator------ outstandingly appropriate for what is offered..entertainment to an extreme i am not sure i can wait to visit again..

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jamie.meyers1

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 05, 2015
Rated 4.0

Google states they are closed but they are not. The owners were super nice. The guy is a bit of a talker but I loved the stories. It's definitely one of a kind stop. Must see if you are passing by the area

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kristylee1

  • 4 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 18, 2014
Rated 4.0

Wasn't sure what to expect when we stopped . The tour is about an hour but we didn't have time so they took us into the toy museum (which is unreal) and gave us a brief history of the place, then we roamed around through the trees looking at some of the craziest things we've ever seen. The lady who gives the tour is very knowledgeable and nice!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Mr Grahn

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 14, 2014
Rated 3.0

We enjoyed this outdoor hillbilly folk art studio (and indoor toy collection)... For practicing his art for only about 8 years, I am impressed; especially with the kinetic sculpture and use of found objects. This is not a formal stop by any means... be prepared for a totally off the wall experience. My wife and I and two children (1 and 5) are happy we drove off the beaten path to check it out.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MadnessMaiden

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 14, 2021
Rated 4.0

Really interesting history behind the place. A must for those who like dad puns. The owners seem really nice! I will say the man who owns it can TALK. He talked non stop for an hour and barely stopped for a breath lol. Still fun. As another reviewer stated, it is not a formal experience, but I doubt there's any other place like this.

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Reviewed by
andiwhalen21

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 21, 2020
Rated 5.0

What an absolutely amazing place to stop. Expected to walk around for 10 minutes with pepper spray, like many roadside stops. This was not the case! Keith and Diane made me feel safe and we're very welcoming. I laughed for over an hour as keith showed me around. Had to get back on the road but would have stayed to see even more!

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Reviewed by
Shelly G

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 16, 2020
Rated 3.0

Good place to stretch your legs and quickly enjoy the eclectic decor

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Reviewed by
clmason

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 11, 2019
Rated 5.0

This place was really neat. All of the sculptures have pun names and jokes. You’re given a tour partly by the owners son and then the owner. The owner is really passionate about the art and the toys. We had a great visit

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Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland

9351 US HWY 68 W
Calvert City, Kentucky
42029 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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