Margaretta's Guest: Lafayette's Visit to Liberty Hall - Wednesday, September 4 at 1:15 p.m., Locust Grove, Louisville
Lafayette, the last surviving Major General of the Revolutionary War, embarked on a great tour of the United States in 1824-1825 as the “Nation’s Guest.” Why did he visit Liberty Hall in May of 1825? Why did Margaretta Brown feel triumphant after his visit? Did John Brown serve as an aid to Lafayette during the war? In this talk, Curator Kate Hesseldenz will answer these questions as you learn about Lafayette’s connections to the Browns of Liberty Hall. $6 admission fee. For more information, visit: Locust Grove event website.
Vintage Kentucky - Saturday, September 14 from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Liberty Hall is one of the featured stops in a wine-themed tour organized by Stone Fences Tours of Lexington. After visiting First Vineyard, a winery on the Jessamine County site of America’s first commercial vineyard, participants will come to Liberty Hall. Here they will sample desserts infused with fruit wine and brandy, sip claret punch, and hear about the Brown’s involvement in the 1799 vineyard and plans for making fruit-based beverages of their own. $60 includes transportation, programs, and tastings. For ages 21+. Reservations required through Stone Fences Tours.
Brown Bites Lecture: Introduction to DNA Testing - Friday, September 27 at noon, Orlando Brown House
Join Cheri Daniels, the Kentucky Historical Society’s Head of Library Reference Services and editor of the publication, “Kentucky Ancestors Online” to learn about tracing your ancestry through DNA. $20 includes lunch. Reservations required; call (502) 227-2560.
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.