Assembly Building

The Pendletonian

Early 1900's photo displaying its original facade

The Assembly Building, located in the Falmouth Renaissance District, is listed on the US Department of Interior National Register of Historic Places. Is is a two-story structure built in 1892 in the Italianate-Queen architectural style. It contains approximately 3,300 square feet of floor space per floor. The ground floor has historically served as a landmark downtown commercial anchor, while the second floor has had many uses including a theatre, a public assembly space, apartments, etc

 Renovating and revitalizing historic downtown Falmouth has been, and will continue to be, a high economic development priority of the Pendleton Industrial Authority. Part of the Industrial Authority's mission is to purchase and develop commercial and industrial sites to attract business and industry to community. During the latter part of 2002, the Industrial Authority was made aware the Assembly Building might be sold under an absolute public auction scenario. The Industrial Authority decided it was their duty to the community to purchase the property, salvage it for the future, and attempt to attract a desirable commercial development. The building sat vacant for almost four years under the Industrial Authority ownership.

The Industrial Authority is very pleased to announce it has succeeded in its mission in reference to salvaging the Assembly Building for the community and attracting the two restaurateur developers to the Falmouth business community.


Credit for the above article goes to Jack Wright, Executive Director of the Pendleton Industrial Authority; thanks Jack!



The Pendletonian

December 11, 2006


We now have an interactive on-line community as the . . . . . website is launched


    Do you know what is happening in Pendleton County? Would you like an easy way to stay in touch with family and neighbors, create a group to manage a project, schedule an event that can be promoted to the entire community, advertise your garage sale free of charge?


    If you are feeling a bit disconnected, or if you would like better opportunities to learn about and help your community grow, Pendleton County has the answer at . . .



    This interactive, virtual community is accessible to every resident, business and organization at your convenience and on your terms. Through it, you can easily connect online with people, information, services and networks to meet your personal, social and professional needs. is a public domain that is accessible to anyone with a computer. as a community is for Pendleton County residents, business and organizations, and those that have friends in Pendleton County, do business in Pendleton County and utilize Pendleton County services. is able to link with the sites of our neighboring communities, our region, our state and so on. is provided to you through an interim partnership between the Pendleton County Fiscal Court and SyncRoots (a division of the locally owned Pendleton Data Farm). works by providing five main features:

  1. An attractive on-line forum for sharing news and information.

  2. Engaging interactive areas for such things as on-line discussions, collaboration, calendars, and classifieds.

  3. User profiles for people, businesses and organizations.

  4. A matching system that confidentially helps people, organizations and businesses connect for professional opportunities -- users report what type of opportunities they are seeking: at-home work, training, grants, joint ventures, jobs, mentoring, education, volunteering, and so on.

  5. Collaborative tools for multiple organizations and groups to work together on-line.

    Why should you participate?

  • To keep your finger on the pulse of the community, e.g., find a local tax preparer, get the schedules of youth athletic programs, find a support group for a family member with special needs, get a coupon from a local business and much more.

  • Democracy: You can participate in the governance of the community.

  • You want to know your neighbors and restore place-based shared purpose.

  • You want to collaborate on-line by sharing documents, pictures, events and conversations with others in your interest group.

  • You want the ability to meet between meetings; keep the creative flow moving.

  • Instead of searching for resources globally, you want to search locally; locate convenient opportunities and support neighboring businesses.

  • You want to be alerted of emergency, important or interesting information, e.g., power outages, road closures/repair, weather bulletins, when is the high school play, who has Bengals, Reds or UK game tickets to sell, etc.

  • You want to find out which community organizations need volunteers and how you can help.

    Ten easy steps to get started:

  1. Go to:

  2. Create a new account by either (a) following the CLICK HERE link; (b) clicking on BECOME A NEW MEMBER TODAY!; or (c) clicking on NEW ACCOUNT.

  3. Follow the registration steps: (a) enter your email address; (b) enter a password; (c) re-type password; (d) select a security hint question; (e) provide a security hint answer; (f) agree to Terms of Service; click the button labeled CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT NOW!

  4. Check your email for the User Account Confirmation message from ConnectPendleton Administrator. Click on the link in that email, and you will be taken to the website. You should receive this response: Thank you. Your email address has been confirmed. You may now log in above, using your email address and the password you selected.

  5. Login by entering your email address and password in the blue navigation bar and clicking the "log in" button. You will be immediately directed to the Edit Profile screen.

  6. Complete your Profile: (a) at a minimum, you must complete the required fields (Nickname, First Name and Last Name); (b) remember to designate the viewing privileges for each profile component (nobody, my friends, everyone); (c) click on the SAVE CHANGES AND CONTINUE button to page through the entire profile; and (d) upload your picture using the instructions provided. The picture must be in either .jpeg, .gif., or .png formats.

  7. Select EXPLORE GROUPS from the Groups dropdown menu in the yellow navigation bar.

  8. Browse the categories of groups and the groups within.

  9. When you have found a group, or groups, you would like to join, click JOIN THIS GROUP link. Depending on the group's privacy status, you will either be automatically added to the group or you will need to await the group manager's confirmation.

  10. ENJOY!



The Pendletonian
January 23, 2007
Falmouth has a downtown dining and gathering place as . . . .
The Assembly Café quietly opens to the public

    Although the grand opening is being planned for February 1, the Assembly Café located at 100 West Shelby Street in historic downtown Falmouth is quietly opening its doors to the public at 11:00 AM, today, Tuesday, January 23, 2007. Local restaurateurs, Michael Wyrick and Alan Rider, took occupancy of the historic Assembly Building (also known as the "Old Moreland Drug Store") on September 1, 2006. They have since been completely renovating the first floor and furnishing the facility with restaurant and dining equipment to serve the public lunch and dinner seven-days a week.

     The facility has a seating capacity of 120, and represents an initial investment in downtown Falmouth of approximately $140,000 by the afore-mentioned restaurateurs.


The Pendletonian

September 13, 2006
Downtown café/pub in the works as
Local restaurateurs take the Assembly Building
    Michael Wyrick, Shelby Street, and Alan Rider, Lakewood Drive, both from Falmouth, executed a capital lease agreement with the Pendleton County Industrial Development Authority and, as of September 1, 2006, took occupancy of the Assembly Building (also known as the "Old Moreland Drug Store") located at 100 West Shelby Street in historic downtown Falmouth.
    The two development partners are in the process of renovating the historic structure to eventually provide the community with a much needed sit-down dining facility. They hope to salvage as much of the historic character of the building as possible and restore the facility into a unique café. When fully operational they plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with gourmet coffee, specialty sandwiches, and juicy prime steaks.