The following programs may be scheduled for groups of 10 or more with three weeks notice. Pre-payment is required.
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, achievements, 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. The Liberty Hall Tour is $6 per adult, $3 per child, and free for children under the age of 5.
Life & Liberty Tour
John and Margaretta Brown were active participants in the new United States. As a member of the Congress, John worked to secure Kentucky statehood and became one of the state’s first two U.S. senators. Magaretta embodied the principles of Republican Motherhood. Although they voiced opposition to slavery, the Browns' affluent lifestyle depended on the labor of men and women they enslaved. In this interactive tour, visitors will probe these issues by examining objects and excerpts from Brown family writings. $10 per person.
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. October only. $10 per person.
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. $10 per person.
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. $10 per person.
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.