Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States - June 18- July 1
Prepared by museum studies students at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this ten-panel traveling exhibit commemorates the bicentennial of President Monroe’s southern tour, highlighting his visits from Virginia south to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, and west to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. The James Monroe Museum and The Papers of James Monroe present the exhibit in partnership with American Evolution 1619-2019. The exhibit will be located at the Orlando Brown House and can be seen at the end of the daily 1:30 tour of Liberty Hall (Monday-Saturday). Visitors may also call (502) 227-2560 to make an appointment to see the exhibit. $6 per person.
Brown Bites Lecture - "Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour" - Thursday, June 27 at noon
Join Dan Preston, editor of the James Monroe Papers at the University of Mary Washington, for a presentation on the 1819 tour of the southern and western United States that included breakfast at Liberty Hall. Preston’s talk will begin with an overview of Monroe’s three presidential tours, then focus on his travel in Kentucky in 1819 and his longstanding relationship with the Bluegrass State. The program begins in the Orlando Brown House with a boxed lunch and concludes with a chance to see the traveling exhibit Your Obedient Servant, on view at the OB House, from June 18-July 1. $20 fee includes lunch/$10 for lecture only.
Lunch will include choice of a bacon asparagus or spring veggie cheese tart, a green salad with asian pears, strawberries, and goat cheese with a sparkling rose vinaigrette, mini muffin, mini scone and bottled water or fruit juice.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July - July 4 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Independence Day with watermelon and lemonade, lawn games, patriotic music by the 202nd Army Band ensemble, and children's activities. Cool off with a run through the sprinklers or you can buy a cone from Hoggy's Ice Cream who will bring their Squeals on Wheels mobile ice cream cart. There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy! In partnership with Froggy 104.9, this FREE community event will be held on the Liberty Hall grounds. Sponsored in part by Wilkerson Financial.
At Liberty on the River - July 18 & August 8 from 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy two of Frankfort's treasures - Liberty Hall and the Kentucky River - in this unique program presented by LHHS and Kentucky River Tours. The evening includes an interactive tour about the Brown family and rivers, a picnic supper on the Orlando Brown House patio, and a boat ride that combines local history and nature. The meal features Kentucky favorites and craft beer. For ages 21+. Reservations required by calling (502) 227-2560. $50.
In the event of light rain, program continues with rain gear provided by boat company. In heavy rain, Kentucky River Tours will substitute a driving tour of downtown Frankfort for the boat tour.
Public Tours - Monday - Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Guided tours start at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and last about an hour. $6 adults/$3 youth (5-18)/Free for children 5 and under.
Slavery and the Liberty Hall Kitchen - Ongoing
New! This permanent exhibit illustrates how the enslaved people who worked in the kitchen combined hard labor and special skills to create meals for the Brown family. Staged to interpret preparation of a breakfast served to President James Monroe in 1819, the kitchen reflects the Browns’ upper-class lifestyle—and the enslaved women and men who made it possible. Images and interactive elements encourage visitors to explore the intersection of slavery and foodways in early 19th century Kentucky. Accessed through a guided tour.
Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection - Ongoing
Featuring some of the finest examples of Kentucky-made pieces from the Liberty Hall collection, this exhibit explores the social and cultural landscape of 19th-century Kentucky through the work of silversmiths, weavers, furniture makers, and painters. Some of the artists represented include: Asa Blanchard, Matthew Harris Jouett, Oliver Frazer and Paul Sawyier. Located on the 2nd floor of Liberty Hall; the exhibit is only viewed through a guided tour.