Even though my wife and I have been to the Lexington area many times to visit the Kentucky Horse Park, we never took a short trip to visit White Hall, which is just north of Richmond, Ky. Part of that was due to the fact that I had not bothered to check the actual distance, and thought it was around an hour away. In actuality, White Hall is very close to exit 95 of I-75, and the Horse Park is at Exit 120 of I-75, so you can easily make the trip from Georgetown or Lexington in less than half an hour. We went to White Hall on a Sunday afternoon, when my wife was getting tired of the Horse Park and there was a chance of rain.
Turning to the house, White Hall has over 40 rooms, and was built in two stages. The original house is now on the left side and back of the house (as viewed from the front). The original house had lower ceilings, which results in the need for a number of stairs on upper floors in order to connect the upper sections to one another. Unlike many other house tours of large mansions, you get to visit almost all of the rooms, encompassing three floors plus a basement (this results in traversing over 120 steps, so you have to be somewhat fit to tour). As the principal builder of the house, Cassisus Clay, had served as ambassador to Russia in the 1860's, and was friends with Lincoln and his family, there are many interesting photos and art pieces in the house. Also, as noted in other reviews, the house was very unusual for its time, as it had furnace heating, as well as indoor plumbing that was based off of a rainwater collection system.
Tours run April through October every hour on the hour Wednesday through Sunday, with Sunday having fewer tours (there are limited tours on weekends in December). Another error I made was assuming that the tour would be one hour long because the tours left every hour. In actuality, there are two tour guides on duty, and our tour ran close to 90 minutes. Our guide, Jeffrey, is a college history professor and was very entertaining and informative, and answered all questions without rushing anyone through the tour. The tour price is $8 for adults, but there are plenty of $1 off discounts, including discounts for AAA members. As a result, most of the people on my tour (my wife and I included) paid only $7 apiece, which I think was a good deal given everything we saw.
It should be noted that the small visitor center at White Hall is closed, so tickets are bought at the door of the mansion, and souvenirs are also sold inside the house now. Also, there is no place that I saw to buy food anywhere on the property (there are a handful of outbuildings), but there is a McDonald's right off of I-75 at Exit 95.
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