Set in Kentucky's breathtaking bluegrass countryside, Lexington is an undeniably charming place to have a wedding. One of the area's best known features is its abundance of horse farms, and couples who have always dreamed of a charming country wedding can tie the knot in a lush green pasture on a working farm, in front of an outdoor chapel, or inside a beautifully rustic barn. However, there are plenty of other stunning venues to choose from as well, including elegant hotel ballrooms, historic mansions, and dedicated event spaces run by some of the city's top caterers. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Polo Barn at Saxony Farm
© Polo Barn at Saxony Farm
Located on a fully functioning Thoroughbred horse farm, the Polo Barn at Saxony Farm is the perfect spot for a romantic country wedding. The rustic wooden polo barn can be set up for both ceremonies and receptions, and it has 38 stalls that can be used for photo booths, food stations, and more. Couples who would rather take advantage of the farm's natural beauty can say their vows in the outdoor ceremony area and host their reception on the large, grassy lawn, which can be set up with tents if desired. Private dressing rooms are available for both sides of the wedding party.
469 Browns Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: 859-619-3523
2.Talon Winery & Vineyards
© Talon Winery & Vineyards
An award-winning winery set on a picturesque 300-acre property, Talon Winery & Vineyards has its own five-acre vineyard and can be found just outside the city. The property is ideal for both ceremonies and receptions, and it offers two primary venues to choose from: an open-air pavilion in front of the tasting room and a rustic barn that overlooks a charming pond on the property. Both venues are equipped with indoor restrooms and full catering kitchens, and the barn also has heating and air conditioning. A beautiful bridal suite is located inside the tasting house.
7086 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40515, Phone: 859-971-3214
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3.21c Museum Hotel Lexington
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A unique combination of boutique hotel and contemporary art museum, the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington is an unexpected and exciting place to hold a wedding. There are several different spaces to choose from depending on the size of your guest list; the main gallery can accommodate up to 250 people, but there are also 5 smaller galleries suitable for weddings with up to 100 guests. The rental fee includes tables and linens as well as custom printed menus and a luxurious one-night stay for the wedding couple, and dinner packages can be added on as desired.
167 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: 859-899-6800
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4.Amazing Grace Chapel
Perfect for intimate weddings of up to 30 people, the Amazing Grace Chapel is a peaceful outdoor chapel located on the historic Midland Trail, a stagecoach route that dates back to the 1750s. The ceremony site is nestled in a large clearing surrounded by flower beds and trees, and it features a gazebo and a pond with a fountain. In case of rain, the ceremony can be moved indoors. The rental fee includes the services of a wedding officiant and use of the space for two hours, and the space must be reserved in advance.
4080 Lofgren Ct, Lexington, KY 40509, Phone: 859-293-5302
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5.Apiary Fine Catering & Events
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Right in the heart of downtown Lexington, Apiary Fine Catering & Events is an elegant event space surrounded by ivy-covered brick walls. As a catering company, the venue is particularly well known for its mouthwatering food, which is made from scratch using local, seasonal ingredients as much as possible. The venue offers several different indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, including a lavishly landscaped outdoor garden, a sophisticated dining room with 18-foot windows, and a cozy cocktail lounge known as the Winter Room. Both ceremonies and receptions can be held here, and the space can accommodate up to 200 seated guests.
218 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508, Phone: 859-254-2225
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6.Best Lexington Wedding Venues: Carrick House
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A beautiful Greek Revival mansion that was constructed in the early 1800s, Carrick House is a beautiful venue conveniently located within walking distance of the downtown core. The home boasts carved marble mantles and, lofty ceilings, and a majestic double portico over the front door, and in 2011 it was updated with a rooftop garden, a glass atrium, and an elegant ballroom. Both indoor and outdoor sites are available for ceremonies and receptions, and couples can choose from event rental packages that include tables, chairs, linens, china, and more. Catering and bar services can easily be arranged as well.
312 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508, Phone: 859-255-0717
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7.Lexington Wedding Venues: Castle Hill Winery
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Kentucky countryside, Castle Hill Winery is a family owned and operated business with plenty of experience in hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. The winery is named for the majestic castle that can be seen from its property, and couples who want to be wed with the castle in the background can do so on one of the winery's stunning patios. There is also a large room with a 300-person capacity for couples who would prefer to get married indoors, and no matter which site you choose, the winery provides the tables, chairs, and linens.
3650 Lexington Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-576-0010
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8.Lexington Wedding Venues: Copper Roux
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First opened in 2015, Copper Roux is a beautiful event space owned by the Bayou Bluegrass Catering company. In true Kentucky style, the contemporary but rustic venue is decorated in an equestrian and bourbon theme. The open floor plan makes it easy to customize the space to your event, and the space features a spacious patio and a bar area. The in-house catering team is happy to work with couples to create a personalized menu, and the company offers an event planning team to help arrange every other aspect of the wedding, including vendor recommendation.
861 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504, Phone: 859-523-7915
9.Lexington Wedding Venues: Evans Orchard Event Barn
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Set on a gorgeous 175-acre family farm, the Evans Orchard Event Barn is an excellent spot to hold a traditional country wedding. Formerly a working tobacco barn, the building was renovated in 2014, and it now features smooth concrete floors and a dressing room for the bride and groom. Ceremonies can be held outside the barn, and reclaimed church pews are available for couples who choose this option. The basic rental fee includes tables, chairs, and fairy lights strung through the barn rafters, and upgraded packages include the option for everything from farmhouse decor to day-of event coordination.
434 Stone Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324, Phone: 502-316-2433
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10.Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky
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The Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky is one of the university's two private clubs, and it's located right in the center of campus. The venue is suitable for both ceremonies and receptions, and it offers ten different event spaces to choose from, which range in capacity from 16 to 230 guests. Catering and bar services are done in house, and bartenders and service staff are included in the price. Couples are welcome to use outside vendors for cake, event planning, and decor, and tables, chairs, and linens can be rented from the venue for an additional fee
500 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40508, Phone: 859-257-1133
11.Lexington Wedding Venues: Hyatt Regency Lexington
© Hyatt Regency Lexington
Right next to Rupp Arena, the Hyatt Regency Lexington is a classically beautiful space that can accommodate both large and small weddings. The venues range from intimate dining rooms to a 9,000-square-foot ballroom, but no matter what the size of your wedding, you can rest assured that you'll receive top-notch service from the event planning team, who are available to help with arranging vendors, booking accommodation in the hotel, and more. The experienced hotel catering staff will work with you to create the menu of your dreams, and the hotel offers optional special touches like chair sashes and personalized ice carvings.
401 W High St, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: 859-253-1234
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12.Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
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Boasting a golf course and an outdoor pool, the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is an upscale resort located just outside the city. It offers absolutely everything couples need for their big day, including elegant event spaces, plenty of luxurious accommodation for wedding guests, a trained wedding planner, and a talented culinary team with plenty of experience in wedding food. The resort boasts 28,000 square feet of event space in total, including a historic mansion, picturesque outdoor pavilions, and a grand ballroom, and optional wedding package add-ons include party favors, makeup appointments for the bridal party at the resort spa, and printed invitations.
1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: 859-231-5100
13.Wedding Venues in Lexington: Limestone Hall
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Situated right in the heart of downtown, Limestone Hall is a historic building that formerly served as the city's courthouse. There are three rooms to choose from, all of which have a neutral color palette that makes it easy to decorate the space however you like, and parties will also have access to the building's catering kitchen and restrooms. The rental fee also includes tables, chairs, and linens in your choice of color. Couples are welcome to arrange their own vendors for everything else, but the venue will provide a list of recommended vendors upon request.
215 W Main Street, Third Floor Lexington, Kentucky 40507, Phone: 859-230-5365
14.Malone's Prime Events & Receptions
© Malone's Prime Events & Receptions
One of six establishments run by the Bluegrass Hospitality Group, Malone's Prime Events & Receptions is a welcoming venue known for its delicious cuisine. There are several event spaces to choose from, including an elegant restaurant with chandeliers and a cozy cigar bar with a fireplace. Instead of charging a rental fee, the venue simply requires a food and beverage minimum spend, the amount of which varies on the day of the week. Both plated and buffet style dinners are available, and the venue offers two bar packages to choose from, both of which can be done as an open bar or a cash bar.
3373 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40502, Phone: 859-977-2602
15.Manchester Music Hall
© Manchester Music Hall
Housed inside a former distillery warehouse, the Manchester Music Hall is the perfect wedding venue for music lovers. The building dates back to the 1800s, but it's been renovated several times over the years, and it's now a perfectly polished event space with an industrial feel. The venue rental fee always includes tables, chairs, and sound and lighting equipment, and Friday and Saturday rentals also include a four-hour bar package with beer, wine, and liquor. Customizable bar packages are available for every other night of the week, and couples are welcome to bring their own vendors for everything other aspect of their wedding.
899 Manchester St, Lexington, KY 40508, Phone: 859-537-7321
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16.Moonlight Fields Wedding Farm
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Only a mile outside of Lexington, the Moonlight Fields Wedding Farm is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue with space for up to 200 people. The entire property is reserved exclusively for couples and their guests on the day of the wedding, and there are several options for ceremony sites and plenty of excellent backgrounds for photos. Chairs, tables, and a DJ are included in the rental fee, and couples can arrange their own caterer or bring their own food and alcohol. The space can be booked for weddings between April and October, but it's open for tours all throughout the year.
5028 Ashgrove Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356, Phone: 859-544-0311
17.Signature Club of Lansdowne
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If you've ever dreamed of having your wedding reception in an elegant Grand Ballroom, look no further than the Signature Club of Lansdowne. The country club's ballroom boasts a dome ceiling and a marble dance floor, and it has space for more than 200 wedding guests. Weddings can make use of the club's beautiful grounds as well; the lawn in the perfect place for photos, and couples can say their vows on the beautiful outdoor terrace before moving the party inside. Chairs, centerpieces, linens, and more can be rented in-house, but outside vendors are permitted for every aspect of the wedding, including catering.
3256 Lansdowne Dr, Lexington, KY 40502, Phone: 859-277-6600
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18.Best Wedding Venues in Lexington: Tates Creek Ballroom
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As part of the Tates Creek Golf Course, the Tates Creek Ballroom is operated by the city's Parks & Recreation office, but don't let that dissuade you from considering it as a venue for your special day. The ballroom features beautiful wooden floors, a mirrored wall, and a built-in bar, and it includes a catering kitchen and a space to set up buffet tables. Tables and chairs are included in the rental, and couples are welcome to decorate the room however they like. The space is rented out by the hour, and there is a three-hour minimum on Fridays and weekends.
1400 Gainesway Dr, Lexington, KY 40517, Phone: 859-288-2972
19.Wedding Venues in Lexington: The Grand Reserve
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Tucked away in Lexington's trendy Distillery District, the Grand Reserve is a family-owned business with five separate venues for couples to choose from. The four indoor venues are furnished in a Warehouse Chic style and can accommodate between 150 and 250 people, and the company also offers a beautiful outdoor garden that has space for up to 400 seated guests. A backup space will be available in case of rain. Wedding packages include almost everything couples need, including professional AV staff, catering done by Bluegrass Catering, and a wedding planner to help arrange flowers, decor, and photography.
903 Manchester St #190, Lexington, KY 40508, Phone: 859-608-6221
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20.Wedding Venues in Lexington, Kentucky: The Livery
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Originally established in the late 1860s, the Livery was formerly the biggest stable in the city for housing horses and carriages. These days, the space serves a different function, but its importance hasn't changed at all. Thanks to its downtown location and its stunning exposed brick walls, it's one of Lexington's premier event venues, and it's especially popular for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The space comes pre-decorated with local artwork and market lighting, and couples are welcome to embellish the space with their own decorations. There are no restrictions placed on vendors, but the venue offers suggested service providers who know the space well.
238 E Main St, Lexington, Kentucky 40507, Phone: 859-629-4946
21.The Mane on Main
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Occupying the fifteenth floor of the Chase Bank building, the Mane on Main offers stunning panoramic views of the city skyline through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The 12,500-square-foot space has a flexible floor plan that can easily be divided to accommodate both ceremonies and receptions, and service staff are available to help transform and rearrange the space as needed. The venue is operated by Dupree Catering + Events, a local business who specializes in fresh food made with farm-to-table ingredients, and the staff are happy to work with couples to create the perfect personalized menu for their special day.
201 E Main St #1500, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: 859-231-0464
22.The Round Barn Stable of Memories
© The Round Barn Stable of Memories
Located on the grounds of the Red Mile, the second oldest harness track in the world, the Round Barn Stable of Memories is a wonderfully historic place to have a wedding. The circular barn was originally constructed in 1882, and it still retains many of its original architectural features, including exposed brick walls and rustic wooden beams. It's also been updated to include an elegant chandelier, which hangs right over the center of the dance floor. The space can accommodate between 250 and 300 people seated banquet style, and catering is done in-house by Bayou Bluegrass Catering.
1200 Red Mile Rd, Lexington, KY 40504, Phone: 606-560-0376
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23.Wedding Venues in Lexington, Kentucky: The Thoroughbred Center
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Nestled in the heart of Kentucky horse farm country, the Thoroughbred Center is a large horse training facility located just outside the city limits. Both indoor and outdoor venues are available; the beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard is located right next to a picturesque barn, and the indoor venues include an intimate lounge with a fireplace and a large, elegant hall. A team of experienced event planners will be available to help ensure your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible, and couples will be able to choose from a list of preferred caterers, with an option for almost every type of cuisine imaginable.
3380 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: 859-293-1853
24.Wedding Events at Hilton Lexington
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The Hilton is one of the most luxurious hotels in downtown Lexington, and Wedding Events at Hilton Lexington is an excellent choice for couples who want to have a traditionally elegant wedding. The hotel features a grand ballroom, but it also has plenty of other event spaces that can accommodate everything from bridal showers to ceremonies to morning-after brunches, and it has enough rooms and suites to accommodate the wedding couple and all their guests. Wedding packages include custom room decor, table settings, linens, and beverage packages, and the in-house catering team offers the choice of plated, buffet, and station dinners.
245 Lexington Green Cir, Lexington, KY 40503, Phone: 859-271-4001
25.White Haven Fields
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The only working farm wedding venue within the city limits, White Haven Fields is a small, family-run business that provides a breathtaking location for outdoor weddings. Ceremonies can take place in the farm's charming open chapel, which was custom built from old barn beams, and there is a large open field that can be set up for receptions. A variety of furniture and decor can be rented from the venue, including log stumps, hay bales, shepherd's hooks, and white chapel doors. Wedding guests are also welcome to use the 18-hole miniature golf course on the farm.
100 Yorkshire Blvd, Lexington, KY 40509, Phone: 859-797-7381
25 Best Wedding Venues in Lexington, Kentucky
- Polo Barn at Saxony Farm, Photo: Polo Barn at Saxony Farm
- Talon Winery & Vineyards, Photo: Talon Winery & Vineyards
- 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, Photo: 21c Museum Hotel Lexington
- Amazing Grace Chapel, Photo: MNStudio/stock.adobe.com
- Apiary Fine Catering & Events, Photo: Apiary Fine Catering & Events
- Best Lexington Wedding Venues: Carrick House, Photo: Carrick House
- Lexington Wedding Venues: Castle Hill Winery, Photo: tonefotografia/stock.adobe.com
- Lexington Wedding Venues: Copper Roux, Photo: Copper Roux
- Lexington Wedding Venues: Evans Orchard Event Barn, Photo: Evans Orchard Event Barn
- Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, Photo: Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky
- Lexington Wedding Venues: Hyatt Regency Lexington, Photo: Hyatt Regency Lexington
- Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, Photo: Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
- Wedding Venues in Lexington: Limestone Hall, Photo: Limestone Hall
- Malone's Prime Events & Receptions, Photo: Malone's Prime Events & Receptions
- Manchester Music Hall, Photo: Manchester Music Hall
- Moonlight Fields Wedding Farm, Photo: Moonlight Fields Wedding Farm
- Signature Club of Lansdowne, Photo: Signature Club of Lansdowne
- Best Wedding Venues in Lexington: Tates Creek Ballroom, Photo: SPIX PRODUCTION/stock.adobe.com
- Wedding Venues in Lexington: The Grand Reserve, Photo: The Grand Reserve
- Wedding Venues in Lexington, Kentucky: The Livery, Photo: The Livery
- The Mane on Main, Photo: The Mane on Main
- The Round Barn Stable of Memories, Photo: The Round Barn Stable of Memories
- Wedding Venues in Lexington, Kentucky: The Thoroughbred Center, Photo: The Thoroughbred Center
- Wedding Events at Hilton Lexington, Photo: Wedding Events at Hilton Lexington
- White Haven Fields, Photo: White Haven Fields
- Cover Photo: prostooleh/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: Aviation Museum of Kentucky
The Aviation Museum was the dream and brainchild of the KY Aviation History Roundtable. Although they were founded in 1978, it wasn’t until 1984 that they were able to get the ball rolling on the museum itself. This is perhaps one of the largest and most interesting collections of memorabilia and information on the aviation industry in the world today and is a testament to the attention and care that have gone into the foundations of this museum, helping it to soar sky-high.
One of the main missions of the museum is to open up the hearts and minds of the young people of Kentucky to a potential career in the aviation industry and what that might look like. In Kentucky in particular, the aviation industry has contributed a significant amount of revenue to the local economy, and around $10.3 billion was generated back in 2010. It’s not just pilots; they need engineers, executives, secretaries, mechanics, meteorologists, freight handlers, med-evac, travel agents, the list is an extensive one and a career in aviation could take any one of these routes or a million others.
This is only one side of what the museum hopes to offer in terms of education, however, as it also welcomes visitors from all across the States and even the world with its exciting and informative collection of memorabilia and exhibitions.
Making its home at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, you can see restored aircraft from bygone eras and even marvel at some that are still flyable to this day. The museum entertains guests from across the country and industry and has become famous for their quarterly lectures and speeches; a large part of the growth and interest in membership is to attend these events.
Over the summer, the museum hosts a summer camp that allows young members of the local community to get really stuck into the world of aviation, taking to the skies with trained instructors. This is an excellent example of how the museum inspires and reaches out to the community, but also how open and beneficial it is for the local industry, with over a third of the pupils attending the camp on scholarship at no cost at all.
Blue Grass Airport, 4029 Airport Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40510, Phone: 859-231-1219
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Attraction Spotlight: Hunt-Morgan House
The Hunt-Morgan House is a remnant of yesteryear in Kentucky’s history. It was built back in the 19th century when the city of Lexington, Kentucky, was considered by some to be the Athens of the West. Saved from imminent demolishen by the Blue Grass Trust, the building has been refurbished, restored, and repurposed as a museum and portal into its historic story.
The property is open for tours from Wednesday to Thursday and there is also a gift shop and parking on site. The tours begin more or less on the hour every hour and are incredibly in depth and informational. You will learn a lot from the facts provided during the tour and so your understanding and appreciation of the collected artifacts and memorabilia is heightened. It’s advised you take it at the beginning of your trip.
The Hunt-Morgan family were born in central Kentucky and rank amongst the region's most notable. They produced a Civil War hero, a Nobel Prize winner, and the West’s first millionaire. John Wesley Hunt was the founder of the estate and an incredibly wealthy businessman who built his empire in the region through banking, horse breeding, hemp manufacture, and agriculture. He is officially recognized as the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies. Confederate General John Hunt Morgan was more affectionately known in the South as the Thunderbolt of the Confederacy and reluctantly up North as the King of the Horse Thieves. Legends, heroic deeds, myths, and stories surround the man and the house catalogs them all. The final introduction the house makes is to Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, who brought fame to the family name and to the region itself by becoming a Nobel Prize recipient. His book The Mechanics of Mendelian Heredity identified the fruit fly as the perfect model in the study of genes. Many consider him one of the fathers of modern genetics.
With such an illustrious array of notable figures and distinguished stock, the house could act as simply a museum and document the deeds of these three great men. However, the building itself has its own part to play in the attraction of the exhibition. The venue acts as a looking glass into the glitz that the best of the 19th century had to offer. The building was completed in 1814 and primarily operates as a museum. They have a fine collection of early Kentuckian furniture, antique porcelain, and paintings from the early 19th century. The home has been furnished appropriately and a visit feels like stepping back in time. On the second floor, you can find the Alexander T Hunt Civil War Museum, which has a large collection of relics and memorabilia.
201 North Mill Street, Lexington, Kentucky, 40508, Phone: 859-233-3290
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Attraction Spotlight: American Saddlebred Museum
In Lexington, Kentucky, there is a museum and gift shop dedicated to the breeding, competing, history, appreciation, and betterment, of the American saddlebred. The museum has collected a vast array of memorabilia, artworks, literature, awards, and photos celebrating the breed and has brought them together under one roof in what has to be the largest museum of its kind in the country.
Many consider Kentucky to be the home of the American saddlebred, and the horse that built America was once even known as the Kentucky Saddler. The museum builds upon the legacy of the horse and its importance to American history. It hopes to educate, entertain, and maybe even interest a whole new generation of breeders, showjumpers, riders, and appreciators in general.
The breed itself was bred as a workhorse, although in recent years it has moved into the realm of the show horse. They are considered by many to be the perfect horse and are incredibly elegant with their exaggerated movements, high trot, and gait.
A truly American horse, the saddlebred has been carefully bred to perfection. Historically, they were used as officer’s mounts in the American Civil War and have since been shipped all around the world due to their ever-rising popularity.
The American Saddlebred Museum itself has a rotating supply of artifacts and collections, and the artwork they’ve collected celebrates the beauty and appreciation that many have for the breed.
4083 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky, 40511, Phone: 859-259-2746
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