Tours that can be incorporated into a custom tour for groups of 10 or more include:
Liberty Hall Tour
This basic tour explores early Kentucky life through the home of Senator John and Margaretta Brown. Six re-created room settings illustrate the daily activities, acheivements, and struggles of a wealthy family and the enslaved men and women of their household. The tour can also include stops in a Victorian bedroom setting, the Kentucky Made decorative arts exhibit, and the Orlando Brown House.
Life & Liberty Tour
John Brown was an active participant in the new United States. As a member of the Congress, he worked to secure Kentucky statehood and became one of the state’s first two U.S. senators. He and his wife Margaretta voiced their opposition to slavery but enjoyed a lifestyle that relied on slave labor. This interactive tour explores how the Brown family embodied the struggle to bring to life the concerts of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Visitors probe these issues by examining objects and excerpts from Brown family writings.
Our Beloved Ghost Tour
Liberty Hall is famous for its Gray Lady and other ghosts said to haunt the house and grounds. This tour explores the origins of these stories and 19th-century attitudes about death, mourning, and spiritualism.
Kentucky Made Decorative Arts Tour
Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts in the Liberty Hall Collection highlights some of the finest Kentucky-made pieces from the collection. Led by the curator of the exhibit, this tour explores the social and cultural landscape of 19th century Kentucky through the work of silversmiths, weavers, furniture makers, and painters.
Senator Brown's Neighborhood Walking Tour
When John Brown built Liberty Hall, the city of Frankfort boasted about 600 residents. This guided walking tour highlights the building and sites that were in place during the time Senator Brown and his wife Margaretta lived at Liberty Hall (1801-1838). Maps, photographs, and other historic documents enhance the tour.
Gray Lady Children's Tour
Time-travel to 1817 to hear the story of Margaretta Varick's fatal visit to Liberty Hall and learn how the legend of the ghostly Gray Lady came to be. Children experience the past first-hand by preparing ingredients in the kitchen, learning a period dance, and other hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 7-10. One chaperone per each five children required. $5 per person.
Fun and Games Children's Tour
Discover early Kentucky family life in this hands-on tour of Liberty Hall. Children visit historic room settings and enjoy period pastimes and games from the early 19th century. Recommended for ages 7-10. One chaperone per each five children required. $5 per person.