1850 Priority Way
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: (502) 266-6776
Fax: (502) 266-6654
Thomas Jefferson designed this archetypal Federal-style mansion on the sprawling estate of slaveholders John and Lucy Speed. It was built using slave labor sometime between 1815-16 on the site of a former hemp plantation. Abraham Lincoln spent three weeks on the plantation in 1841, while courting Mary Todd. The home still contains period furniture from the early 19th Century, a stone barn, blacksmith's shop and museum store. Seven days a week, the staff arranges tours for tourists visiting the grounds and the visitors' center also provides a comprehensive map that is a great guide to the 18-acre estate.
Pewee Valley Confederate Cemetery is a historic cemetery located at Pewee Valley, Kentucky. It is the site of the old Kentucky Confederate Home. It is the official state burial ground, and is the only cemetery for Confederate veterans. The monument is unique among Civil War monuments as they are built in zinc, whereas the others are made of marble or limestone. The cemetery got listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 1989.
Popularly known as the Lincoln Cabin Site, the Long Run Baptist Church and Cemetery is a historic site. This historic site consists of the demolished remains of the church. The beautiful grass grounds that is a cemetery is serene and gives one inner peace while a simple visit or mourning for a loved one.
This aristocratic antebellum estate located in lower Crescent Hill faithfully displays the splendor in which many of its owners lived since its creation in 1855. The mansion was originally built in an Italianate manner, however when the property was transferred in 1909, the new owners reformed the house into a Greek Revival style. It continued to receive renovations over the years until it's final private owner bequeathed it to the Historic Homes Foundation in 1994. The tour includes a walk through the rooms as well as to the magnificently manicured gardens. These include the Arboretum, the Woodland Fern Garden, the Formal Florentine Garden and the Specimen Garden, respectively.
This mansion from 1790 is older than the state of Kentucky itself (it entered the Union in 1792), and it stands as a symbol of American land usurpation against the backdrop of the Northwest Indian War. The 55-acre estate once belonged to William Croghan, slave-owner and businessman, then it passed hands frequently after he sold it in 1878. The Waters family bequeathed it to the Commonwealth as a state treasure in 1964. Today the estate staff conducts tours around the house as well as the property. They last anywhere from 45-minutes to an hour.
Though it's located within mere blocks of Kentucky's largest city, Cherokee Park remains a bastion of rugged tranquility. With miles of trails, a range of interesting topography, and room for every sport or outdoor activity, this park offers a look at the Kentucky backwoods without venturing too far. It contains a golf course and there are facilities for almost every type of outdoorsman. Whether you are an archer, basketball player, jogger, fisherman, grill master, mountain biker, birder, swimmer or plain ol' dog walker, it's perfect.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a prominent church in the Catholic community of the city. The Gothic-styled structure lies on the popular Bardstown Road, in southern Louisville, and was designed by architects Walter Wagner and Joesph Potts. The compound of the church comprises the St. Francis of Assisi school and the famed statue of St. Francis. Besides providing spiritual solace, the church is also the venue for many community events. See the website for more information.
Frankfort Avenue is a thoroughfare that starts in the suburb of St. Matthews and ends at the conjunction with Brownsboro Road near the Ohio River. Along the way, visitors will find many hip restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, bakeries and much, much more. Most of the shops are locally owned and operated; in fact, there is nary a trace of a big-box store. The Avenue also traverses through the historic, charming neighborhoods of Crescent Hill and Clifton, which are treasures in themselves.
The monumental Peterson-Dumensil House is a finely structured house in the Crescent Hill vicinity of the city of Louisville in the U.S. State of Kentucky. The historical house was constructed from 1869 through 1870 and magnificently exemplifies the Victorian-Italianate style of architecture. It was incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the most underrated zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a bevy of beautiful beasts. Some include camels, baby elephants, tigers, rhinos and even polar bears. The zoo also features different special exhibits. 'Glacier Run' presents arctic animals while 'Gorilla Forest' and 'Lorikeet Landing' are self-explanatory. The tiger feedings are also an attraction that highlight the nature of this apex predator. Here, guests are invited to walk a few yards away from a mesh-covered opening as the animal feeds on its lunch.
On one of the most bustling blocks of the always-bustling Bardstown Road corridor, Cumberland Brews serves up tall pours of craft-brewed beer and healthy helpings of Southern-fried comfort food. Brews range from traditional English-style classics to decidedly experimental stuff like a pale ale spiced up with a hit of Yerba Mate. To eat, fried fish sandwiches and cheeseburgers go great with a side of fried green tomatoes. Enjoyment of all of the above is amplified by the fast-paced street scene out front viewable through big picture windows (or through your own two eyes if you grab a table out on the sidewalk).