Girl Scout Event: Flowers Badge Workshop - April 6, 1- 3:30 p.m.
Junior Girl Scout troops in Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council are invited to Liberty Hall to earn the “Flowers” badge. Scouts will plant seeds, make a sachet inspired by a historic recipe, craft a pressed flower bookmark, and make a small arrangement to take home. 1-3:30 p.m. Reservations required, please contact the Council at (800) 475-2621 or sign up online here.
Bourbon & Browns - Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m.
Join us this spring for our annual fundraiser and enjoy some good food and good bourbon for a good cause! Now in its seventh year, Bourbon & Browns has grossed nearly a quarter of a million dollars to support ongoing preservation and education at Liberty Hall Historic Site. We are delighted to have Barbara Hulette (pictured left) as our honorary chair for this year's event. Barbara is a widely recognized, respected and tireless volunteer known for her work in preserving many of Kentucky's treasures. We greatly appreciate the time and talents she has contributed to LHHS, and the energy that she has brought to Bourbon & Browns year after year with her signature style, inspriation, and sphere of influence. The event will feature some of Kentucky’s finest bourbon paired with delectable appetizers and Kentucky Proud foods. Guests will dance the night away under a garden tent to the sounds of The Swells. This year's event coincides with the Kentucky Distilled Experience, an annual weekend jam-packed with bourbon-themed fun! $100 per ticket. Purchase tickets online here.
Vintage Kentucky, June 1 & 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 Series: Dan Preston, Editor/James Monroe Papers, University of Mary Washington - June 27
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July - July 4
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!
Public Tours: Seven Days a Week, 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 Kitchen at Liberty Hall, 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.