The Farmington Historic Home
3033 Bardstown Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205When in the vicinity of Louisville, Kentucky - and authenticlly restored historic plantation houses interests you - whether an antique buff and/or architecture, history or slavery is your preference - this is a tour you must partake in. Farmington is
History of the Farmington Kentucky PlantationThe house was the center of a 550-acre hemp plantation. Hemp, Kentucky's principal cash crop during the early 19th century, was grown to produce rope and bagging and required extensive labor in its cultivation. As many as 60 enslaved African Americans owned by John Speed
Historic Farmington RestorationsFarmington Historic Home, with the assistance of an anonymous donor, has been undergoing a major restoration during the past 18
Antique and Reproduction Furnishings at Farmington PlantationMuch of the restoration work is based on the 1840 inventory of John Speed's possessions taken at this death. This detailed listing itemizes everything in the house at that time from carpets, curtains, window blinds and furniture to bedding, tableware and cooking equipment. Many decorative elements including ingrain carpets, wallpaper, curtains and bed dressings are being very accurately reproduced for Farmington using documentary designs appropriate to the period. As much as possible, restoration decisions have been based on research into what was available for sale in Kentucky from 1815 to 1840. Today, along with the restored plantation house, Farmington features a spring house and barn reconstructed on its original foundations, a functioning summer kitchen and blacksmith shop, as well as formal gardens and an apple orchard. An archeological dig on the property has revealed a cabin site, which possibly served as the home of the Speeds before the construction of Farmington. Artifacts reveal that it may also have been a cabin for a family of the Speeds' enslaved African-Americans. The Farmington Visitors Center houses an historical exhibit on Farmington, administrative offices and a gift shop.
Farmington is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour starting each day at 3:45 p.m. Sunday tours begin at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Group rates are available for both student and adult groups. Call (502) 452-9920 for further details.
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