• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Customers ‘love’ new bar at Wilson’s Pool Room

Longtime patrons of Wilson’s Pool Room cannot stop talking about the new bar. Designed and built by employee Marion Stratton Kincaid, owner Ben Wilson says, “They love it.”

The new bar replaced a laminated countertop bar that had been in the downtown Versailles business for about 48 years, according to Wilson. He says customers tell him the new bar, made of birch wood with a glossy finish, makes Wilson’s Pool Room look bigger.

The old bar’s poor condition sped up the process of building a new one, according to Wilson. He says Wilson’s Pool Room closed for “two weeks and a day” while Kincaid built the new bar. The business reopened last Tuesday, Oct. 9.

“They let me just go on and do what I wanted to do with it,” says Kincaid, 58.

He says it was an honor to design and build a new bar for Wilson’s Pool Room, owned by Ben Wilson’s dad, Billy, and his granddad, Bill, before him.

“We’re the oldest running, longest (operating) pool room in the state of Kentucky,” says Ben Wilson.

His granddad opened Wilson’s Pool Room in 1955, he says.

In addition to remodeling old houses “on the side,” Kincaid says he enjoys doing woodwork. He credits his grandfather, Marion Kincaid, who celebrated his 101st birthday this month, for getting him into woodworking.

“I do all kinds of different woodwork,” says Kincaid.

He especially enjoys doing Native American art, including an arrowhead fashioned from black slate.

“I love it. I really love it,” he says of working with his hands to create works of art, including his latest project: the new bar that honors three generations of Wilson’s Pool Room owners with a large “W” at its far end.

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