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3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY
502 452 9920
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Ranked #43 of 81 Attractions in Louisville
Type: Historic Sites
Description: This Jeffersonian mansion was built in 1815 by the Speed family.
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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the Farmington House and enjoyed our time there. The house is beautiful and the tour guide was very interesting. The grounds also had several original and restored buildings in addition to the main house. The museum did a good job of detailing the connection between Abraham Lincoln and the sons of the original owner. A good place to... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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85 reviews 85 reviews
62 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

For my birthday weekend, we did a few things in Louisville, Farmington was on my list. We had been calling them for 2 weeks prior to our visit, almost every day, during buissness hours, and the phone was never picked up. Merrill at Whitehall, another beautiful home owned by Historic Houses, couldn't help us get them either. So on Saturday... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

What really makes this house different from many others is that it is believed to be the first full contact that Abraham Lincoln had with working slaves while he visited his friend Joshua Speed here in 1841. We were fortunate enough to time it perfectly (totally unplanned) and got a private tour from the groundskeeper. We found out that they... More

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Camden, IN
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our tour guide for this historic house was outstanding. The significance of this historic house and the relationship of Joshua Speed and his family to Abraham Lincoln was very interesting.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We recently toured Farmington and had expected to see a plantation with buildings that you could enter. We did pay the full tour fee, which included a guide just for the main building. That tour only lasted about 1/2 an hour. However, none of the other buildings were open or were completed and available for touring. We toured a similar... More

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London, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

not much left is original and they require you to use a LOT of your own imagination. sort of a waste of time. we self-guided. they didn't have anyone there to lead us.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Abraham Lincoln visited here in 1841. It was the home of the Speed family, which was very influential in the development of Louisville and the U.S. in general during the 19th century. The ground are beautiful and there is a visitor's center and home tour available.

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Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
41 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Farmington is one of the cherished gems of metro Louisville. The Federal home was constructed from architectural drawings made by Thomas Jefferson. The city, the region, and the country should be very happy that this historic landmark has been preserved and is being maintained for public viewing. What a treasure!

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Beautiful grounds and very well maintained historical site. The visitor center was closed when I arrived, but they had a very detailed pamphlet that takes you on a walking tour of the plantation. Each stop was well marked and easy to get to. The main house was locked, so I didn't get to wander inside and see the artifacts up... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Farmington Plantation was build in 1816 by the Speed family and is the subject of the 1820 John Rutherford watercolor. It was a working hemp plantation and was the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln's closest friend, Joshua Speed. The future president visited Farmington in 1841 and stayed to recover from depression. In 2002, the Memorial to the Enslaved African Americans... More

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