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Farmington Historic Home (Louisville, Kentucky)

Farmington is a 14-room Federal-style home that was the centre of the 19th-century hemp plantation of John and Lucy Speed. Designed from a plan by Thomas Jefferson and completed in 1816 using slave labour, the house is newly restored with original paint colours, historic wallpaper and carpets, and furnished with Kentucky furniture and other antiques from the period.

Abraham Lincoln, a close friend of John Speed’s son Joshua, spent about three weeks at Farmington in 1841. No house in Kentucky more gracefully embodies Federal architecture than Farmington. Striking Jeffersonian features of its perfectly proportioned 14 rooms include two octagonal rooms, the adventurously steep and narrow “hidden” stairway, and the fanlights between the front and rear halls. Exquisite reeded doorways, carved mantels, and marbleized baseboards add special elegance to the interior. Most of the structure, including the woodwork, glass and brass, is original and still in excellent condition.

The present 18-acre site also includes an elaborate early 19th century garden, stone springhouse and barn, cook’s quarters and kitchen, blacksmith shop, museum store, and remodeled carriage house which may be rented for special events.

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History (Frankfort, Kentucky)

Find out what it means to say "I am a Kentuckian" in this 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Dig in with live performances, interactive exhibits and dynamic collections. Find your Kentucky story in the research library, which contains unique genealogical records. Free admission to the library. Museum ticket price includes the Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum.

A collection of Lincoln memorabilia make this a stop along Kentucky's Lincoln Heritage Trail.

Knox Historical Museum (Barbourville, Kentucky)

The Knox Historical Museum was established in 1987 to preserve pieces of south-eastern Kentucky's past. The museum highlights the area's rich heritage. Exhibits include a reception room, pioneer bedroom, Native Americans & Pioneers, Barbourville Room, Organization Room, Military Room, History Library/Audio-Visual Library, Communities Hall, Celebrities Room, and Little Theatre. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

National Corvette Museum & Corvette Assembly Plant (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

Since 1953 the Corvette has been America's Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum was established as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette; preserving its past, present and future; and educating the public about Corvette. Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world kindly and lovingly refer to the NCM as their home ... Their Mecca. Experience first-hand the passion and the excitement of America's Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette. The GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, the only place in the world where Corvettes are made, is located across the street from the National Corvette Museum at I-65, exit 28.

National Quilt Museum (Paducah, Kentucky)

Museum in-facility and touring exhibits are viewed by over 110,000 art enthusiasts annually. The Museum is a true global destination. Here you cannot only experience the art of today's quilters, but you can also take part in a quilt making workshop that will bring you even closer to this amazing art.

Muhammad Ali Center (Louisville, Kentucky)

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural centre with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fuelled his journey.

Kentucky Derby Museum (Louisville, Kentucky)

Located at Gate 1 of historic Churchill Downs, the Museum presents the traditions and excitement of the "greatest two minutes in sports." Highlights include 2 floors of interactive, horse racing-related exhibits, a 360-degree high-definition video presentation and a walking tour of Churchill Downs.

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History (Bardstown, Kentucky)

Historic Spalding Hall is home to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum. The Museum of Whiskey History boasts a 50-year collection of rare whiskey artefacts dating from pre-colonial days to post-Prohibition days. The museum features rare antique bottles, a moonshine still, advertising art, novelty whiskey containers. A definite stop for bourbon enthusiasts.

Frazier International History Museum (Louisville, Kentucky)

This museum is located on Main Street's historic Museum Row and houses more than 1000 years of history including weapons from the British Royal Armouries, other historical artefacts and daily live performances.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park (Bardstown, Kentucky)

My Old Kentucky Home State Park honours the home that was the symbol of Stephen Foster's most endearing song, the stately mansion on the Rowan Estate known as Federal Hill. The home completed in 1818, rests on a sloping 290 acres deeded to the state in 1922. It's builder, Judge John Rowan, was a man of great distinction, serving on both the Kentucky Court of Appeals and in the U.S. Senate.

 

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