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“Great historic spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Farmington Historic Home

Farmington Historic Home
Ranked #52 of 168 things to do in Louisville
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Owner description: This Jeffersonian mansion was built in 1815 by the Speed family.
Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews
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“Great historic spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

Abraham Lincoln visited here in 1841. It was the home of the Speed family, which was very influential in the development of Louisville and the U.S. in general during the 19th century. The ground are beautiful and there is a visitor's center and home tour available.

Visited May 2013
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Georgetown
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232 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“From the mind of Thomas Jefferson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013

Farmington is one of the cherished gems of metro Louisville. The Federal home was constructed from architectural drawings made by Thomas Jefferson. The city, the region, and the country should be very happy that this historic landmark has been preserved and is being maintained for public viewing. What a treasure!

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Well kept historic plantation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Beautiful grounds and very well maintained historical site. The visitor center was closed when I arrived, but they had a very detailed pamphlet that takes you on a walking tour of the plantation. Each stop was well marked and easy to get to. The main house was locked, so I didn't get to wander inside and see the artifacts up close, but there were plenty of windows around the house that allowed me to peek in and get a sense of the space.

My tip would be to call in advance and make an appointment to get the tour with the docent. There's no fee to walk around on your own, I'm not sure if there's a fee for an docent-led experience.

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Historic Plantation House and Grounds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Farmington Plantation was build in 1816 by the Speed family and is the subject of the 1820 John Rutherford watercolor. It was a working hemp plantation and was the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln's closest friend, Joshua Speed. The future president visited Farmington in 1841 and stayed to recover from depression.

In 2002, the Memorial to the Enslaved African Americans was dedicated and pays tribute to the those who worked in slavery to build our nation. Lincolns letter to Mary Speed in 1841 contains his first written commentary on enslaved African Americans.

Visited December 2012
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Marietta, Georgia
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177 reviews
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“Very nice historic home”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

Farmington is a very nicely restored historic home. Visitor center video and talk was very informative. Well worth visiting this home. Docent gave a very good tour.

Visited September 2012
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