Tours are offered periodically throughout the year, or can be incorporated into a custom tour for groups of 10 or more.
Life & Liberty Tour
John Brown was an active participant in the new United States. As a member of the Congress, he worked to secure Kentucky statehood and became one of the state’s first two U.S. senators. He and his wife Margaretta voiced their opposition to slavery but enjoyed a lifestyle that relied on slave labor. This interactive tour explores how the Brown family embodied the struggle to bring to life the concerts of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Visitors probe these issues by examining objects and excerpts from Brown family writings.
Our Beloved Ghost Tour
Liberty Hall is famous for its Gray Lady and other ghosts said to haunt the house and grounds. This tour explores the origins of these stories and 19th-century attitudes about death, mourning, and spiritualism.
Liberty Hall Tour
This basic tour explores early Kentucky life through the home of Senator John and Margaretta Brown. Six re-created room settings illustrate the daily activities, acheivements, and struggles of a wealthy family and the enslaved men and women of their household. The tour can also include stops in a Victorian bedroom setting, the Kentucky Made decorative arts exhibit, and the Orlando Brown House.
Kentucky Made Decorative Arts Tour
Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts in the Liberty Hall Collection highlights some of the finest Kentucky-made pieces from the collection. Led by the curator of the exhibit, this tour explores the social and cultural landscape of 19th century Kentucky through the work of silversmiths, weavers, furniture makers, and painters.
Senator Brown's Neighborhood Walking Tour
When John Brown built Liberty Hall, the city of Frankfort boasted about 600 residents. This guided walking tour highlights the buildings and sites that were in place during the time Senator Brown and his wife Margaretta lived at Liberty Hall (1801-1838). Maps, photographs, and other historic documents enhance the tour. This tour is also offered to the general public in May as part of National Historic Preservation Month.