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Liberty Hall's annual fundraiser, Bourbon & Browns scheduled for April 25, 2020 has been cancelled.

The event features bourbon tastings, music, silent and live auctions, and food that includes a version of a "hot brown." Over the last seven years, Bourbon & Browns has grown--the first B&B held in 2013 attracted 60 guests, in 2019 there were 350 attendees. 

The fundraiser has grossed over a quarter of a million dollars to support ongoing education and preservation at Liberty Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Bourbon and Browns has become a premier springtime event in downtown Frankfort and the anchor of the Kentucky Distilled Weekend.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors! 

sponsors optOur Honorary Chair for 2020: Bourbon County native Estill Curtis Pennington is an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky Class of 1972. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Georgia, Estillthe Smithsonian Program at George Washington University and Bedford College, London. For the past thirty years, he has been actively involved in the study of painting in the South. He has served in curatorial capacities for the Archives of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and as founding curator of the Morris Museum of Art’s Southern Collection. His publications have won several awards including from the Kentucky Historical Society. He has been recognized by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts with the Barbara Carson Distinguished Scholar Award.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of the cancellation, please click here.

Online auction from April 18-25. To bid on items: click here.

Auction Item: One-week stay at Les Bourdeillettes, a charming farmhouse on 75 acres in the French countryside of Dordogne. Sleeps 10, available any week in 2021 or 2022. $3,000 minimum bid.

 

 

 

 

All events for the rest of the year have been cancelled. 

 

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Public Tours - Monday - Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Reopening July 6

Guided tours start at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and last about an hour. $9 adults/$7 seniors/$4 youth (6-18)/Free for children 5 and under. Tickets must be prepurchased. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

 

Slavery and the Liberty Hall Kitchen - OngoingSlavery and the LH Kitchen opt

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.

 

 

Blanchard silver optKentucky 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.