Kentucky Heritage Council
Walking tour of Frankfort's historic architecture offered May 18 & 19; learn more about Sen. John Brown and his neighborhood
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Liberty Hall Historic Site and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office are collaborating on a walking tour of downtown Frankfort that will highlight the surviving buildings Sen. John Brown would have seen during his residency at Liberty Hall from 1801-1837.
Liberty Hall Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark featuring two houses: Liberty Hall (1796) built by John Brown, one of Kentucky's first U.S. senators, and the Orlando Brown House (1835), designed by Gideon Shryock and owned by Sen. Brown's second son. The tour will begin with the history of these homes and include background stories of how these buildings have been preserved for nearly two centuries. Other homes on the walking tour will include the Swigert-Taylor-Bradley House, which houses the Kentucky Heritage Council offices, and other buildings in Frankfort’s Corner in Celebrities, a historic district that was home to many residents notable in Kentucky history.
The two-hour tour will be offered twice in May, which is National Historic Preservation Month, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $10 per person. For an additional $2, participants can also tour the interior of Liberty Hall following the walking tour of the neighborhood. Each tour will originate from the Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson Street, and each will be limited to 25 people per day.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Liberty Hall Historic Site at 502-227-2560 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Liberty Hall Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark located in historic downtown Frankfort on the banks of the Kentucky River. It was home to one of Kentucky's most important families and includes two houses: Liberty Hall (1796), built by John Brown, a Virginia legislator who introduced the bill granting statehood to Kentucky and went on to serve as one of Kentucky's first U.S. Senators; and the Orlando Brown House (1835), designed by noted architect Gideon Shryock and owned by Senator Brown's second son. The mission of Liberty Hall Historic Site is to educate the public by interpreting the life and times of Senator Brown and his descendants. The nonprofit organization is owned and operated by Liberty Hall Inc. and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (NSCDA-KY). www.libertyhall.org
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov