Historic Sites



Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Lexington, users recommend paying a visit to Waveland State Historic Site, in the Airport - Lex area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.


Keeneland Race Course
Photo courtesy of Chris Breeze


As famous for its beauty as its racing prominence, Keeneland was constructed in 1936 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Distinguished by its limestone buildings and mature trees, Keeneland helped to reinvigorate horse racing when it was...  Read More


Mary Todd Lincoln House


This elegantly proportioned brick home was built in the late Georgian style at the turn of the 19th century. Initially an inn, it was sold in 1831 to Robert Todd, Mary's father and a prominent Lexington businessman, and he, with his second wife...  Read More


Red Mile Harness Track, Inc.


Dating to 1875, this harness-racing track is Lexington's oldest race course. Harness racing, also known as standardbred racing, features horses pulling drivers around the course in small, two-wheeled carts. It's somewhat reminiscent of chariot...  Read More


Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Pope Villa


Architecture and design aficionados are certain to be mesmerized by the ongoing restoration of this gracious home, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, also a designer of the US Capitol. Originally a private home, the structure was, over time,...  Read More


Hunt-Morgan House


Built by Kentucky's first millionaire, this Federal-style brick home dates to 1814 and has sheltered members of one of the state's most prominent families, including a Confederate general and Nobel Prize winner. The structure itself boasts...  Read More


Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate


Perhaps Kentucky's most famous statesman, Henry Clay was not only the "Great Compromiser," who warded off the Civil War for a time, but a Speaker of the House and Secretary of State (among other offices). Ashland, the home now considered a...  Read More


Waveland State Historic Site


Constructed by descendants of Daniel Boone, this refined, brick-built Greek Revival home features an abundance of classical details, including friezes, mouldings, and Ionic columns. Dating from the mid 19th century, the home (whose name derives...  Read More


Loudoun House


Now home to the Lexington Art League and its exhibitions, this impressive Gothic Revival home was built in the early 1850s by local builder John McMurtry and was based on designs by Alexander Jackson Davis, a New York architect. Towers,...  Read More


Boone Station State Historic Site

In the late 18th century, Daniel Boone and his family settled this site, where they lived for three years. Legal issues regarding the validity of the claim forced the clan to move, but five relatives were buried here nevertheless, several of...  Read More


Lexington Cemetery


Although nominally a cemetery, this beautiful plot of land is heavy with blooming shrubs, stately trees, and lush plantings. Instituted in the mid-19th century, the area also contains the gravesites of some of Lexington's – and Kentucky's –...  Read More


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