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Wilshire's Restaurant is located inside of the historic, Home of General John Payne- one of the oldest homes in Kentucky. 

Erected in approximately 1790, this 11-room colonial residence is an excellent example of Kentucky's "Stone Age" architecture.

General John Payne served in the state militia and commanded a company in Scott's campaign against the Indians in 1791. In 1812 he was commissioned a Brigadier General in the 2nd Brigade of the Kentucky Militia and commanded the Kentucky Light Dragoons, attached to Col. Richard M. Johnson's regiment of mounted infantry in the Battle of the Thames. He participated in several other major battles in the War of 1812.

General John Payne was a state senator from Scott County from 1830 to 1832.