Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the Farmington Historic Plantation aims to educate visitors on the important history of the property as well as to achieve accurate preservation through education. Visitors can tour the property, the historic home, and more than 18 beautiful acres complete with a fully functional garden thanks to the help of year-round volunteers.
The Farmington home was built for John and Lucy Speed in 1816 and served as the center of a 550-acre hemp plantation. Construction of the mansion took just over a year and the work was undoubtedly conducted by slaves. Throughout the property, small cabins were built to house the 60 enslaved African-Americans that resided and worked on the hemp plantation.
It was rumored that the Lucy family had close connections to Thomas Jefferson before the plantation was built. This relationship explains why the Farmington Plantation and the historic home on the property is very similar to the plantation owned by Thomas Jefferson.
During the summer of 1841, Abraham Lincoln stayed on the property for three weeks. The time he spent at the Farmington Plantation, the experiences he had there and the relationships he built became instrumental during his presidency and the Civil War.
The Derby Social at Farmington: Every May, the Farmington Historic Plantation hosts this snazzy pre-derby event. Visitors will enjoy live music, craft beer, and an artisan market. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the plantation. Ticket prices start at $25.
Evening in the Garden: On June 8, 2017 at 6:00pm, the Farmington Plantation will be hosting its 16th annual Evening in the Garden event. This year’s event will be honoring Ed Hamilton, a renowned American sculptor, for his many contributions to the community. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner, an open bar, and both live and silent auctions. Ticket prices start at $125.
Spring Festival: The annual spring festival is here! Visitors can enjoy a fabulous outdoor festival with a large variety of booths from local vendors featuring crafts, food, beverages, games, and more. For more information, contact Diane Young at Farmington@HistoricHomes.org. Vendors can pay the $25 fee to have their booth included in the festival.
Programs & Education:
200 for $200 Campaign: To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Farmington Historic Plantation, donations in the amount of $200 are requested from 200 of the plantation’s closest friends. All proceeds from this bicentennial fundraising campaign go towards the development of new educational programs and events.
Hemp Pilot Program: The Farmington Historic House has been selected as a participant in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Pilot Program. A variety of hemp species will be planted on the plantation and then studied. Visitors can schedule tours and attend lectures about the history and future of hemp farming and products.
Farmington Grown: More than 3 acres of land on the plantation are under cultivation as a part of the Farmington Grown partnership with Todd Childers from Facing West Farm. This partnership allows Todd Childers to grow and harvest a large variety of vegetables to sell at the Bardstown Road Farmers Market and wholesale. A portion of the proceeds goes to the preservation of the Farmington Plantation. In 2017, Childers produced chard, eggplant, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, okra, peppers, pumpkins, and much more!
Group Tours: Group rates are available for touring the Farmington Historic Plantation. These tours include a tour of the on-site mansion and the 18 acres of historic farmland and gardens. Groups all the way up to 50 people can be accommodated.
Farmington Historic Home, 3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205, Phone: 502-452-9920