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Liberty Hall's annual fundraiser, Bourbon & Browns will be held April 25, 2020. 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.

EstillHonorary Chair: We are excited to present Estill Curtis Pennington as our Honorary Chair! Bourbon County native Estill Pennington is an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky Class of 1972. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Georgia, the 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.

Music: Dance to the jazz and swing sounds of The Swells, from Lexington. 

 


Margaret Wise Brown brown bitesBrown Bites Lecture: Margaret Wise Brown - Thursday, March 26 at noon

Carol Baughman will speak about Margaret Wise Brown, the beloved children's author of Goodnight Moon and great-great granddaughter of John Brown. Orlando Brown House. More info coming soon! 

 

 


Bourbon and Browns VIP 2019 optSAVE THE DATE! Bourbon and Browns, Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m.   

 

 

 

 

Barks and Brew optBarks and Brew - Thursday, June 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Bring your picnic blanket, lawn chair, and your furry friend to this FREE community event! We'll have music, snacks, plenty of fun for your pooch and beer to purchase from local brewery, Sig Luscher Brewery. Orlando Brown House patio.  

 

 

 

 

Sack Races Fourth of July 2018 for web optOld-Fashioned Fourth of July - Saturday, July 4,  2- 4 p.m.

 More info coming soon!

 

 

  

 

 

 

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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. Please note: We are closed from mid- November through mid-March. We will re-open for public tours in mid-March 2020. Groups of 10 or more may schedule tours during the winter months, click here to learn more. 

  

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

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.


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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.