Liberty Hall is a historic site in Frankfort, KY that serves as a learning center for the social and cultural life, politics, and history of early Kentucky through the artifacts, documents, gardens, and homes of Senator John Brown and his family. Guided tours are offered to the public daily, with the exception of Sundays, from mid-March to mid-November. Tours for groups of more than ten or school groups, however, are available throughout the entire year with at least fourteen days notice. Tours last around sixty minutes. The grounds of Liberty Hall are open from dawn to dusk every day. Photographers are allowed with a pass, and dogs are also welcome on the site's grounds as long as they are leashed.

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A trip to Kentucky is not complete without visiting Liberty Hall, the home of Senator John Brown, one of the founding fathers of Kentucky. The house was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the federal government in 1971. Less than 2,500 historic sites today have this distinction. The historic home is situated near hotels, shops, and the Frankfort Convention Center in downtown Frankfort in the city's famous "Corner in Celebrities." Also nearby are the tourism office, the Capital City Museum, and the Old and New State Capitols.

Liberty Hall is one Kentucky's best examples of federal-style architecture and has played host to many famous early Americans, including four presidents. The 1796 Georgian mansion has been meticulously restored and will surprise visitors. A museum store, portraits, and family furniture can be found in the 1835 Greek Revival home of Senator Brown's son Orlando. The home of Senator John Brown also includes four acres of informal and formal nineteenth century gardens. The gardens feature trees and beautiful flowers along the banks of the Kentucky River. There are also several educational programs for adults, families, and schools that teach about life in early America.

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On the first floor of Liberty Hall are the room interior exhibits. These exhibits showcase how the wealthy lived in Kentucky in the early nineteenth century. Rooms are recently restored and interpret from 1805 to 1835. Included in the rooms displayed are the family sitting room, central hall, bedroom, dining room, and parlor. The interpretation of Mary Mason Scott's 1880 bedroom is located on the home's second floor. Scott was Liberty Hall's final resident, and the legend of the Gray Lady is closely connected to her and her bedroom.

In addition to the interpretation of Mary Mason Scott's bedroom on the second floor of Liberty Hall, is the Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection exhibit. The permanent exhibit can only be accessed on a guided tour, and features many of the best examples of pieces made in Kentucky from Liberty Hall's collection. Exploring the nineteenth century cultural and social landscape of Kentucky, pieces in the exhibit include pieces made by painters, weavers, silversmiths, and furniture makers. Artists represented in Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection include Oliver Frazer, Asa Blanchard, and Paul Sawyier among others.

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202 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort, Kentucky, Phone: 502-227-2560

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Liberty Hall in Frankfort, KY

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