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.
Opening Hours and Admission
Admission is $7 for the general public and $4 for students.
The home is open Wednesday to Friday from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. On Saturdays they open from 10:00am until 4:00pm and on Sunday it is open from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.
201 North Mill Street, Lexington, Kentucky, 40508, Phone: 859-233-3290
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