Explore KY's House Museums

Tour curated by: Kentucky Historical Society

The Explore Kentucky’s House Museum tour highlights the great collection of house museums across the commonwealth. Each site has an historical marker commemorating its history. All of these homes are affiliated with a person or event that was significant to Kentucky's rich past.

We hope you will use this app to explore the rich history within these house museums.

Locations for Tour

Historical Marker #1481 in Mercer County recognizes the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. The Society of Believers, more commonly known as the Shakers, immigrated to America from England in 1774 to avoid religious persecution. By the early…

Historical Marker #1102 in Bardstown notes the location of Federal Hill, better known as "My Old Kentucky Home." This Kentucky landmark was the estate of Judge John Rowan and reputedly served as the inspiration for Stephen Foster's…

Historical Marker #2235 identifies the home of Henry Clay, one of the most influential U.S. politicians of the nineteenth century. After Clay's death in 1852, his heirs sold Ashland land to his son, James Brown Clay, who built the current…

Historical Marker #533 in Madison County notes the life of Kentucky emancipationist Cassius Marcellus Clay. During his long life, Clay participated in many battles. Some were fought to ensure free speech for antislavery advocates. Others,…

Historical Marker #1127 in Bowling Green commemorates Riverview at Hobson Grove, which was occupied by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Built on high ground overlooking the Barren River, Riverview at Hobson Grove was the home of wealthy…

Historical Marker #2261 in Fayette County recognizes the Mary Todd Lincoln House, which is now a museum. Mary Ann Todd was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 13, 1818. She was the granddaughter of Levi Todd, one of the founders of Lexington,…

Historical Marker #2231 in Louisville denotes Farmington Historic Plantation, a fourteen-room Federal-style home built by John and Lucy Speed in 1816. The house was designed from plans drawn by Thomas Jefferson. For much of its existence,…

Historical Marker #2281 commemorates the life and legacy of Ephraim McDowell, the "father of abdominal surgery." A native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, Ephraim McDowell moved to Danville, Kentucky, when he was a child. His father,…

Historical Marker #2373 commemorates the Brennan House in Louisville. Located at 631 South 5th Street, the Brennan House is the only historic home remaining on a street once lined with similarly grand homes - an oasis of Victorian refinement amid…

Historical Marker #2141 commemorates Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing in Jefferson County. Standing on a rise overlooking the Ohio River, the Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of this nearly 300-acre historic site known today as…

Historical Marker #1653 interprets Liberty Hall, a house museum in Kentucky's capital. Located in downtown Frankfort on the banks of the Kentucky River, Liberty Hall Historic Site was the home of the Brown family, one of Kentucky's most…

Historical Marker #93 commemorates the Duncan Tavern Historic Center in Paris, Kentucky. In 1788, four years before Kentucky became a state, Major Joseph Duncan built his imposing inn on what is now the public square of Paris. Built of native…

Historical Marker #2086 commemorates Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark and unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship and history. The circa 1792 Georgian mansion, restored and furnished to its original appearance and…

Historical marker #2185 commemorates White Hall State Historic Site, located in Richmond, Kentucky. White Hall was the home of entrepreneur General Green Clay and emancipationist and politician, General Cassius Marcellus Clay. An astute businessman…

Historical Marker #2426 in Louisville recognizes the Conrad-Caldwell House, a grand example of late Victorian architecture. The home is located in historic St. James Court which is distinguished by the diversity of the individual mansions. As…