Historical Marker #2264 in Springfield commemorates the home of Felix Grundy, a prominent attorney and politician.
The plantation is approximately 1,000 acres of lush countryside where the Grundy family has continuously operated a farm in some form. It began as a self-sustaining homestead where George and Elizabeth Grundy raised beef and grew tobacco and vegetables, and today there is a dairy farm on the property.
George and Elizabeth fled Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. They settled in the wilderness frontier of Virginia, which became the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792. The Grundy’s son, Samuel, remained on the farm and expanded it.
Felix Grundy, another son of George and Elizabeth, left the farm and gained prominence as a criminal lawyer and politician. He practiced law in Springfield, took part in the Kentucky constitutional convention in 1799, served Washington County in the legislature from 1800-02, and was named Chief Justice of Kentucky in 1807. He soon resigned as Chief Justice and moved to Tennessee, where he served as U.S. Senator from 1829-1838 and U.S. Attorney General from 1838-1839.