Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum – Hartford, Kentucky

motorcycle museum 2.jpgThe Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum of Hartford, Kentucky. When visitors come to Hartford, a short day trip is in demand to see the treasures of the Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum.  Owned and operated by Jack Embry and his wife Nancy, the displays boast over 20 vintage, American made motorcycles, and 30 years’ worth of motorcycle memorabilia.  Even before the museum was opened in the mid-90s, Mr. Embry’s passion for restoring antique motorcycles drew onlookers from near and far.  To date, the couple states that they have hosted guests from 29 states and 6 countries.  Jack, also well-known as “Hombre” to the local population and his motorcycle fraternity brothers, takes pride in the fact that many of his historical bikes are all original and road-ready.

The oldest bike displayed is a 1911 Yale, with a tandem seat and original paint designs.  This rare, early 20th century bike is the only one still in existence today.  A 1915 Shaw is decked out in its original red and white paintjob, wheels carved from wood, carbide lamp, and well-worn leather.  Jack’s 1930 Harley Davidson V Model is a special display with original solo seat and color scheme.  One of the most interesting pieces is a 1955 Harley Davidson 55L 1736, boasting an original model sidecar in tow.  Perhaps the most valuable motorcycle in the museum is the 1912 Eagle that was manufactured in Brockton, Massachusetts.  Only 10 of these originals exist today, and only four are still operable.  Jack’s Eagle is one of the four rarities, and is the only bike that still has the original paintjob.  Currently, Jack is working on a restoration project involving a 1906 Indian, which has already consumed three years of hard work.

motorcycle museum.jpgThe museum also holds several pieces of historical and limited edition manufacturers’ memorabilia.  Helmets and gloves, jackets and vests, and bottles and ashtrays displaying motorcycle ornamentation of all types may be seen here.  Included in this collection are an Indian glass candy dish made in 1918, as well as a 1950 Indian belt buckle and lighter combination.

All displays and motorcycles are absolutely rare and mostly original.  Jack continues to restore historical bikes and memorabilia for personal fulfillment and public viewing.  Appointments to visit the museum are preferred, as it is located at the couple’s home.  However, typical visiting times are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5608 U.S. 231 N.
Hartford, KY 42347
(270) 298- 7764



6 Responses

  1. Charlie "Joker" Olcott

    I am planning a day trip on a Sat, this summer. I am looking forward to seeing this exibit

  2. I didn’t know this place even existed! Looking forward to seeing it.

  3. We went to visit my Father in Law in Hawesville, KY. About 20 miles outside of Owensboro, KY. We took our 1978 Supergilde to ride the Kentucky hills while we were there. We pulled in on a Saturday night, husband took it for a spin up the road and the clutch cable snapped. So, here we are from Michigan, in Kentucky with a snapped cable. We wait til Monday morning to call the closest HD dealership which is in Evansville IN about 50 miles from where we were. Of course they didn’t have one, “because the bike is so old”. So, I pull out the phonebook, call the first number listed for motorcycle parts which is “Hombre’s Harley Salvage” and think great! They will for sure have one. Thinking a harley junkyard. He says that he is not open but because of the circumstances, if we can be there in an hour, he will have it for us. We get to this place within the hour. He has the part, he is fantastic and very friendly. He proceeds to tell us that out back is his museum. Even on his day off, he offered for us to go and look. We couldn’t believe our eyes when he opened the door. Vintage bikes all around. Bikes I have never heard of or seen. And he still rides every single one of them!! Hombre was one of the nicest guys I have ever met and he did us a great favor on our vacation. Thanks Hombre and the Museum is FANTASTIC!!!! I still can’t believe we “stumbled” across you!

  4. Nice!…………we’ll have to put the museum on our list of places to visit. Thanks!!

  5. My wife & I were on our way back from Sturgis via New Orleans when we spotted the motorcycle hanging in the tree and stopped. That was in ’93 & we are still friends with them! Great people & a great place! Time for Hombre & Nan to take a trip to Wisconsin! See ya soon!