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“Historic Plantation House and Grounds”

Farmington Historic Home
Ranked #55 of 187 things to do in Louisville
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Owner description: This Jeffersonian mansion was built in 1815 by the Speed family.
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 was dedicated and pays tribute to the those who worked in slavery to build our nation. Lincolns letter to Mary Speed in 1841 contains his first written commentary on enslaved African Americans.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Farmington is a very nicely restored historic home. Visitor center video and talk was very informative. Well worth visiting this home. Docent gave a very good tour.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

beautiful piece of history. Very interesting closets up very high...kitchen or what was used as a kitchen is in the basement where the fireplace was used to cook. Many artifacts originally in the house are still there.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

This was well worth the drive during our vacation in Richmond, Indiana (about a 3-hour trip one way). We combined our visit to Farmington with a delicious meal at nearby Roots restaurant. I grew up in the south and remember segregation, but have never toured a plantation, nor had my husband. We were very interested in witnessing the remnants of that aspect of American history. The docent wasn't available when we arrived, being mid-week and having not made an appointment, but the helpful Director ushered us into the Lincoln round-theater for an orientation film, then gave us a good tour of the main house. Its history as a hemp plantation and decor (reconstructed with great care) were captivating for anyone interested in such things. Younger children might get ancy, but it offers teachable moments for older kids. That said, the plantation deserves our attention given its role in Lincoln's life, in the institution of slavery and the antebellum Southern economy. We were free to roam the property with its supporting buildings (ice/spring house, blacksmith barn, etc.) but they weren't open as you might find in other living history sites. Still, I'd recommend a visit to Farmington. Reading about it on the web before we arrived enriched our experience. And for those desiring a healthy, tasty meal, enjoy lunch or dinner at Roots!

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is a well maintained and important historical site in the city limits of Louisville. Located near the Highlands, this former plantation was the home of the Speed family one of the city's prominent families. They owned slaves so this is important from a historical stand point. African American artist William Duffy created a memorial for the slaves who lived at Farmington. Also, Abraham Lincoln was a friend of the family and visited the house before he was president. This is a local treasure despite the unsavory history of slavery.

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