Brown Bites Lecture: Introduction to DNA Testing - Friday, September 27 at noon, Orlando Brown House
Join Cheri Daniels, the Kentucky Historical Society’s Head of Library Reference Services and editor of the publication, “Kentucky Ancestors Online” to learn about tracing your ancestry through DNA. Daniels will speak about options for testing, information provided by the various DNA testing companies and the new ethics standards for testing family members. Internationally-inspired box lunch includes an Italian Turkey Sandwich on Schiacciata Bread, Greek Pasta Salad, Crudités with Classic Hummus, European Cookie Assortment, and bottled water. $20 includes lunch. Reservations required; call (502) 227-2560.
Girl Scout Event: Scary Stories & Gray Ghosts – Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
Junior Girl Scouts are invited to celebrate a Liberty Hall-oween inspired by books and activities of the Brown family. Scouts will learn about Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and decorate mini-pumpkins, compose Halloween “Poe-try,” play Victorian fortune-telling games, and hear the story of Liberty Hall’s Gray Lady. The event ends with a Halloween tea. Register through the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road by clicking here.
Ghosts in the Garden Family Event - Saturday, October 26 at 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween at this FREE family event! Trick-or-treat at Froggy 104.9’s Treat Street Village and see Liberty Hall’s famous ghost, the Gray Lady. Listen to the hair-raising tunes provided by Froggy 104.9 as you trick-or-treat through our spooky gardens- decorated for the season!
Harvest Holiday Centerpiece Workshop - Saturday, November 23 at 10 a.m. - noon
Join floral artists Ashley Averell and Marcey Broderson and make a Thanksgiving arrangement for your home with greens from the Liberty Hall garden and fall vegetables. $25 fee includes materials and refreshments. Orlando Brown House. Reservations required; call (502) 227-2560.
Holiday Tea & Tours - Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 at noon
Get in the holiday spirit with egg nog inspired by an old Frankfort recipe, a seasonal luncheon tea, and a holiday history open house at Liberty Hall. $25. Reservations required by November 27; call (502) 227-2560..
Public Tours - Monday - Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Guided tours start at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and last about an hour. $8 adults/$6 seniors/$4 youth (6-18)/Free for children 5 and under.
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.