Barks & Brews - Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bring your pooch and a picnic to the Orlando Brown House grounds for this FREE community event. Local brewery Sig Luscher will be selling on-tap pilsner, but salty snacks and dog biscuits will be provided free of charge! Guests can also enter to win a doggy door prize - a basket full of goodies for their good boy or girl. Thanks to Kennedy's Biscuits, New Leash on Life, and Pet Valu for door prize donations.
In the case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and notice of cancellation will be posted here.
Vintage Kentucky, June 14
Liberty Hall is one of the featured stops in a wine-themed tour organized by Stone Fences Tours of Lexington. After visiting First Vineyard, a winery on the Jessamine County site of America’s first commercial vineyard, participants will come to Liberty Hall. Here they will sample desserts infused with fruit wine and brandy, sip claret punch, and hear about the Brown’s involvement in the 1799 vineyard and plans for making fruit-based beverages of their own. $60 ticket price includes transportation, programs, and tastings. Guests must be 21+ years of age. Reservations required by contacting Stone Fences Tours.
Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States - June 17- July 1
Prepared by museum studies students at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this ten-panel traveling exhibit commemorates the bicentennial of President Monroe’s southern tour, highlighting his visits from Virginia south to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, and west to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. The James Monroe Museum and The Papers of James Monroe present the exhibit in partnership with American Evolution 1619-2019. The exhibit will be viewable during the 1:30 daily tour of Liberty Hall.
Brown Bites Lecture - "Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour" - Thursday, June 27 at noon
Join Dan Preston, editor of the James Monroe Papers at the University of Mary Washington, for a presentation the 1819 tour of the southern and western United States that included breakfast at Liberty Hall. Preston’s talk will begin with an overview of Monroe’s three presidential tours, then focus on his travel in Kentucky in 1819 and his longstanding relationship with the Bluegrass State. The program begins in the Orlando Brown House with a boxed lunch and concludes with a chance to tour the traveling exhibit Your Obedient Servant, on view at Liberty Hall from June 17-July 1. $20 fee includes lunch/$10 for lecture only.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July - July 4 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Come down to the Liberty Hall grounds and celebrate Independence Day at this FREE community event! With refreshments, historic lawn games, patriotic music and more, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
At Liberty on the River - July 18 & August 8 from 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy two of Frankfort's treasures - Liberty Hall and the Kentucky River - in this unique program presented by LHHS and Kentucky River Tours. The evening includes an interactive tour about the Brown family and rivers, a picnic supper on the Orlando Brown House patio, and a boat ride that combines local history and nature. The meal features Kentucky favorites and craft beer. For ages 18+. Reservations required by callling (502) 227-2560. $50.
In the event of light rain, program continues with rain gear provided by boat company. In heavy rain, Kentucky River Tours will substitute a driving tour of downtown Frankfort for the boat tour.
Public Tours - Monday - Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Guided tours start at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. at 1:30 p.m., seven days a week. $6 adults/$3 youth (5-18)/Free for children 5 and under and for members.
Slavery and the Liberty Hall Kitchen - Ongoing
New! This permanent exhibit illustrates how the enslaved people who worked in the kitchen combined hard labor and special skills to create meals for the Brown family. Staged to interpret preparation of a breakfast served to President James Monroe in 1819, the kitchen reflects the Browns’ upper-class lifestyle—and the enslaved women and men who made it possible. Images and interactive elements encourage visitors to explore the intersection of slavery and foodways in early 19th century Kentucky. Accessed through a guided tour.
Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection - Ongoing
Featuring some of the finest examples of Kentucky-made pieces from the Liberty Hall collection, this exhibit explores the social and cultural landscape of 19th-century Kentucky through the work of silversmiths, weavers, furniture makers, and painters. Some of the artists represented include: Asa Blanchard, Matthew Harris Jouett, Oliver Frazer and Paul Sawyier. Located on the 2nd floor of Liberty Hall; the exhibit is only viewed through a guided tour.