Farmington, an 18-acre (7.3 ha) historic site in Louisville, Kentucky, was once the center of a hemp plantation owned by John and Lucy Speed. The 14-room, Federal-style brick plantation house was possibly based on a design by Thomas Jefferson and has several Jeffersonian architectural features.
The Farmington site was part of a military land grant given to Captain James Speed in 1780. His son, John Speed, completed Farmington on a tract of land in 1816. Built in the Federal architectural style, the house is based on plans by Thomas Jefferson, which are now in the Coolidge Collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||11:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
Linda Roe | Feb 26, 2018
I stopped by Farmington this week and just walked around the grounds. The museum was closed but I got to enjoy a self guided tour around the grounds. It brought back very fond memories of volunteering in the garden over thirty-five years ago. I had such a good time working in the gardens. I will have to make their plant sale this spring and definitely come back to see the lovely gardens in the spring.
Dishy Trishy | Feb 1, 2018
Nice park area by Sullivan university. Lovely paths for walking/jogging, great place to take your pets for a walk. Could be a good for families to learn the local history and maybe catch a picnic. It is not usually crowded, either.
Danielle Perez | Dec 18, 2017
I never took a tour, but we did have our wedding here in October and it was beautiful! The courtyard is a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony and the pavilion is such a lovely reception area. I really wanted an outdoor wedding where the ceremony and reception could be in the same place and Farmington was perfect for that! I only wished we could have stayed later and kept celebrating!
william litsey | Jan 25, 2018
Great place to get married at my cousin got married here. It was beautiful place.
Rachel Baldes | Oct 10, 2017
Privately funded historical home and grounds. Home tour fascinating but not appropriate for young children for safety and proximity of fragile antiques. House and grounds both not well suited for wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers.
Jason S | Apr 4, 2018
The best time to have visited would have been back in 1841, while courting Mary Todd, Abraham Lincoln spent 3 weeks with the Speed family to recover from exhaustion & depression. Who knows how important that time was for the 32 year old Lincoln, and how much our nation could have lost if Abraham succumbed to his depression. The home itself was built in 1814 by John & Lucy Speed, who were both from wealthy Virginia families. They settled the land that became Farmington, first in log cabins and then built the house with architectural designs that are said to have been authored by Thomas Jefferson. Farmington was a fully functioning farmstead, but the cash crop was hemp. At its peak they were harvesting about 500 acres of hemp.
Leslie Naji | Mar 19, 2018
I grew up next to Farmington and still love it's mystic from childhood. Plan on an hour or more and pay for the tour if you can.
Elizabeth Gilbert | Apr 27, 2018
We didn't go while they were open but just re grounds filled up our morning! Beautiful! Very historically accurate. Fun place to bring the family for a day. I bet it's even better when you can go inside! Small parking lot. Hidden time warp in a beautiful Louisville neighborhood!
Jason Smith | Jul 7, 2018
The home was built in 1814 by John & Lucy Speed, who were both from wealthy Virginia families. They settled the land that became Farmington, first in log cabins and then built the house that is there today with architectural designs that many agree were originally authored by Thomas Jefferson (an American Founding Father, principal architect of the Declaration of Independence from England, and 3rd President of these United States). Farmington was a fully functioning homestead with a cash crop of hemp. At its peak Farmington was surrounded by 500 acres of hemp plants (commonly used to make rope and other products). The best time to have visited would have been back in 1841 while Abraham Lincoln spent 3 weeks w Speed family. He was courting Mary Todd (born Dec 13, 1818 & raised in Lexington, KY before moving to Springfield, IL at age 17 in 1836) at the time Lincoln was in need of a place to recover from both exhaustion & depression. Farmington is a little piece of preserved history with a nice rose garden in the rear. It's a nice place to stretch the legs or walk the dog if passing by on a trip. It's less than 1,000 feet off of I-264 heading North off the Bardstown Rd exit. The entrance is a little bit hidden, so start looking for a Farmington sign on the right as soon as you turn North on Bardstown Rd.
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