Liberty Hall is a nationally significant historic place whose history helps form a common bond between all Americans.
Why Visit Liberty Hall?
No visit to Kentucky is complete without touring the house of one of Kentucky's founding fathers, Senator John Brown. While there are many historic places in Kentucky and across the nation, only a small number have meaning to all Americans--these we call our National Historic Landmarks.
In 1971 the federal government designated Liberty Hall as a National Historic Landmark. The Secretary of the Interior pronounced the Site to possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating and interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction.
Liberty Hall Historic Site’s homes and gardens are located in Frankfort’s famous “Corner in Celebrities” and just steps from downtown shopping, hotels, B&Bs, and the Frankfort Convention Center. The Old and New State Capitols, the Capital City Museum and Frankfort Tourism office are also just a few short blocks away.
What will YOU do first?
Explore Liberty Hall. It is one of the finest examples of federal-style architecture in Kentucky and was host to 4 presidents and several famous early Americans. This meticulously restored 1796 Georgian mansion built by one Kentucky's founding fathers will surprise you. The 1835 Greek Revival home of Senator Brown’s son Orlando houses family furniture, portraits, and a museum store.
Discover The Gardens. Stroll four acres of formal and informal 19th century gardens, featuring beautiful flowers, trees, on the banks of the Kentucky River.
Learn about life in early America by attending one of the many ongoing school, family, and adult programs.
Begin Your Adventure Here
The doors to history await you in Frankfort! The vast array of architectural styles, famous land marks, museums of Kentucky's past, and unique shopping make Frankfort a special city to visit.
There is no better place to begin your adventure than where it all began, with a guided tour of Liberty Hall. Step back in time and be immersed in early Kentucky history. Speaking of stepping, while you’re in the neighborhood, you can take a stroll around "A [sic] Corner in Celebrities,” from which, there have probably sprung more distinguished men than from any like area in the United States. -- Alice Elizabeth Trabue, 1876. Our neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places and here you can also see the homes of George M. Bibb, James Brown, John J. Crittenden, Thomas Metcalfe, Charles Slaughter Morehead, Thomas Todd, George G. Vest, and John C. Watson, to name just a few. Liberty Hall entertained many of these celebrities including governors, presidents, Revolutionary War officers, War of 1812 heroes, and scoundrels and statesmen alike. It was home to domestic tragedies and paranormal sightings. This was also home to generations of enslaved people whose stories have not been lost to time. Plan your visit today and let us show you how the past becomes present.