Brown Bites Lecture: Crinoline, Crape, and Corpses, October 11, noon
For many of us, the movie Gone with the Wind was our first introduction to 19th-century mourning customs. We knew that Scarlett should not be dancing at the Atlanta Bazaar, but we may not have known why. In this presentation, Susan Lyons Hughes will focus on fashion, art, post-mortem photography, and cemeteries to examine the evolution of mourning customs in the 19th century. The $20 fee includes a comfort-food boxed lunch. Reservations required.
Spirits of Frankfort, October 19, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
This three-venue progressive haunted history tour of Frankfort’s National Historic Landmark sites is like none other you’ve experienced! For Spirits of Frankfort, Liberty Hall has teamed up with Buffalo Trace and the Kentucky Historical Society for some scary good bourbon and ghostly legends. At Liberty Hall guests will hear about the famous Gray Lady and have a chance to have their fortunes told from the lines of their palm. The tradition of palm reading at Liberty Hall goes back to the early 20th Century when the last resident of the home dabbled in this ancient art. Call for more details 502-227-2560. $50 per person. Proceeds benefit Liberty Hall Historic Site and the Kentucky Historical Society. Guests must be 21+ years of age.
Haint Nothin’ but Spirits, October 4 & 25, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Liberty Hall is one of the featured stops in a ghostly tour organized by Stone Fences Tours of Lexington. After a ghost tour and bourbon tasting at Buffalo Trace, participants will come to Liberty Hall for a special fall cocktail and a twilight tour of the house featuring stories of people who died—and may haunt—the house and grounds. $40 ticket price includes transportation, programs, and tastings. Guests must be 21+ years of age. Reservations required by contacting Stone Fences Tours.
Ghosts in the Garden, October 27, 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Join us this fall at Liberty Hall to celebrate Halloween at this FREE family event! Children can participate in safe trick or treating in our gardens, as well as scavenger hunts and face tattoos. Our beloved ghost, the Gray Lady, will be making an appearence inside Liberty Hall. There will also be strolling magic from local magician John Shore, as well as spooky tunes provided by Froggy 104.9!
Public Tours: Seven Days a Week, 1:30 p.m.
Guided tours start at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. at 1:30 p.m., seven days a week. $6 adults/$3 youth (5-18)/Free for children 5 and under and for members.
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.