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Farmington Historic Home

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Address: 3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY
Phone Number: 502 452 9920
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Description: This Jeffersonian mansion was built in 1815 by the Speed family.

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Don't Speed on by

Farmington is the plantation of Louisville's Speed family. Abraham Lincoln visited and named a Speed his attorney general. Opinions vary widely on the success of the attempt to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Farmington is the plantation of Louisville's Speed family. Abraham Lincoln visited and named a Speed his attorney general. Opinions vary widely on the success of the attempt to decorate the mansion in period-appropriate wallpapers and carpets. You can judge for yourself. Getting there is something of a trick, as the house stands at the end of a long lane, the... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

We truly enjoyed our visit to the Farmington Plantation! Our tour guide, who coincidently also served as the groundskeeper was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He took time to show us this fascinating home and we learned a great deal about one of the first families of Louisville, the Speeds!

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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77 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Georgetown
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92 helpful votes 92 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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