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The Bluegrass region was the first part of Kentucky to be settled. Early on Lexington functioned as the gateway to the western frontier and soon developed into a mecca for economic, intellectual, and political activity. As a result Lexington gained the reputation of being the “Athens of the West.” The historic buildings and homes that remain today have stories to tell about the influential and fascinating people who not only helped build the city, but our nation as well.
The Ashland Estate was built in 1806 in the Federal style. It was the home of Henry Clay, one of Lexington’s favorite patriots: a horseman, attorney and statesman.
The Hunt-Morgan House, built in the Federal style, 1814, has many beautiful architectural features, including the Palladian window with fan and sidelights.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House was built between 1803-06. This was family home of the Todd Family, and first lady and wife of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.
The Pope Villa was built between 1810-11, for Senator John and Eliza Pope. The designer was architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the founder of the American School of Architecture.
Antebellum house with three original outbuildings – slave quarters, smokehouse and ice house.
Gratz Park is named for early Lexington businessman Benjamin Gratz, who in 1824 bought the home on the corner of Mill and New streets.
This 2.5 acre oasis offers a splendid retreat, as well as providing a unique history of the Thoroughbred.
The park plays host to a variety of activities year round. It’s a great place to take a break, relax and enjoy Lexington’s vibe.
The Legacy Trail begins at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Garden in downtown Lexington and runs to the Kentucky Horse Park. This 12 mile walking and biking interpretive trail is also a public art venue.
Lexington Cemetery is a private, non-profit 170-acre (69 ha) cemetery and arboretum located at 833 W. Main Street. Within the cemetery are three places that are listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places: Confederate Soldier Monument, the Ladies’ Confederate Memorial, and Lexington National Cemetery.
On Third Street, just east of Broadway, is a fantastic log cabin that dates to 1783. The cabin is considered to be one year older than the “oldest house in Lexington”
Our Historic Neighborhood
The Northside Neighborhood Association was founded in 1961, the first association of its kind in Lexington. Dedicated to Historic preservation, cultural diversity and quality of life for all it’s members.