This graceful mansion was built in 1867 by local tycoon William S. Culbertson who utilized the home to graciously entertain local dignitaries and guests from around the world. Designed by renowned architects James and William Banes of New Albany, the French Second Empire motif includes hand-painted ceilings, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, and a carved rosewood staircase. Twenty-five rooms expand spaciously over 20,000 square feet of floor space. Although the house is closed during the winter months, group tours can be scheduled during this time.
This sprawling, 300-acre site is a tribute to Jefferson County's rich history. The park's crown jewel is the historic Farnsley-Moremen House, a restored 19th century farmhouse overlooking the Ohio River.
Born in 1838 in Salem, John Hay was a politician, ambassador, and writer. His distinguished career included appointments under Presidents Lincoln, McKinley, and Roosevelt. He was also author of the "Pike County Ballads," an editorial writer for the New York "Tribune," and a successful businessman. His noteworthy accomplishments are commemorated in this fine museum. Along with the Hay house, the center includes Stevens Memorial Museum, a genealogical library, and a pioneer village. Approximately 35 miles north of Louisville.
Built in 1852, this is the country's third oldest cathedral and downtown Louisville's fourth oldest building. At the time of its completion, the 287-foot spire was the tallest in North America. Remarkable architecture and ornate trappings make this a most beautiful cathedral. Self-guided tours can be conducted during the open hours when services are not taking place, and guided tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more.
Built around 1850, this residence was Edison's home from 1866 to 1867. It offers a fantastic glimpse at his impact on history, science, and communication, especially since much of the work that earned him 1,093 patents is on display. Hands-on exhibits include rare artifacts related to Edison's invention of the light bulb, the movie projector, and the phonograph, as well as his enhancement of the telegraph and telephone.
The country's third largest historic preservation district is billed as "America's Victorian Treasure." This amazing outdoor exhibit of Victorian architecture consists of churches, museums, bed and breakfast inns, schools and universities, parks and, of course, thousands of grand homes. Developed between the 1870s and the early 1900's, Louisville's first "suburb" has played a prominent role in local history. Particularly striking in the spring.
Built around 1855, this historic home sits on 11 acres of lush beauty, including a breathtaking tri-level Florentine garden. The home was later converted into a stately, fifteen-room Classical Revival mansion in 1910. Traditional Victorian furnishings throughout.
The Brennan family occupied this three-story Victorian house for more than 85 years. The fascinating structure features artifacts related to the Industrial Revolution, local history, art, and 19th-century family life. The brick Italianate home, built in 1868, features Tiffany lamps, an impressive staircase, and a host of antiques. Attached to the home is a doctor's office furnished with period medical equipment (1912). Tours on Saturdays are available by appointment.
Jeffersonian architecture, craft demonstrations, living history presentations, and storytelling will transport you to another era. Great collection of artifacts, as well. Eat-in facilities and gift shop. Handicapped accessible.
Built around 1790, this Georgian mansion and National Historic Landmark set on 55 acres was the former home of Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. Clark is also credited with the founding of Louisville. Portraits, swords, books, and silver are all that survive from the original Croghan family (Clark' relatives), but the furniture collection is considered to be one of the finest collections of Kentucky furniture anywhere. Museum tours begin with an introductory video followed by a 45-minute tour of the grounds and visit to the gallery. The history is fascinating and includes duels and visits from Presidents and even explorers Lewis and Clark.
Recommended for Historic Sites because: This incredible piece of history that is beautifully restored is time well spent.
Local Expert tip: Check the events calendar; they frequently and lectures and special holiday gatherings.