Tours are offered periodically throughout the year, or can be incorporated into a custom tour for groups of 10 or more.
Life & Liberty Tour
John Brown was an active participant in the new United States. The youngest member of the Continental Congress, he worked to secure Kentucky statehood and became one of the state’s first two senators. He and his wife Margaretta voiced their opposition to slavery but enjoyed a lifestyle that relied on slave labor. This interactive tour explores how the Brown family embodied the struggle to bring to life the concerts of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Visitors probe these issues by examining objects and excerpts from Brown family writings.
Our Beloved Ghost Tour
Liberty Hall is famous for its Gray Lady and other ghosts said to haunt the house and grounds. This tour explores the origins of these stories and 19th-century attitudes about death, mourning, and spiritualism.
The Brown Family History Tour
Learn about the construction of Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown house, the families who lived here, and a general overview of life in an upper-class early Kentucky home.
Kentucky Made Decorative Arts Tour
Led by the curator of the exhibit, Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts in the Liberty Hall Collection, this tour highlights some of the finest Kentucky-made pieces from the collection. The tour explores the social and cultural landscape of 19th century Kentucky through the work of silversmiths, weavers, furniture makers, and painters.
Senator Brown's Neighborhood Walking Tour
When John Brown built Liberty Hall, the city of Frankfort boasted about 600 residents. This guided walking tour highlights the buildings and sites that were in place during the time Senator Brown and his wife Margaretta lived at Liberty Hall (1801-1838). Maps, photographs, and other historic documents enhance the tour. This tour is also offered to the general public in May as part of National Historic Preservation Month.