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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.
Aviation Museum of Kentucky
An fun educational site that focuses on aviation, safety and aerospace.
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
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”
Walking Tours of Historic Lexington
Dr. Coleman’s Lexington History Walks
Genteel Lexington has its dark side. Uncover why Lexington was called “the wicked city.” Learn of the duelists, gamblers, and ladies-of-ill-repute who once walked these streets–many locals claim their spirits still do. Come see for yourself!
Learn about the history of downtown Lexington, Kentucky as reflected in its historic commercial buildings, churches, and homes.