Site: Trabue Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street
Host Committee: Columbia/Adair County Chamber Tourism
Site: Self-Guided Historic Downtown Columbia Walking Tour
Free walking tour booklet, Walk through the Years in Columbia, is available at the Trabue Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street.
Booklets available in advance at these three sites: 1) Columbia/Adair County Tourism Chamber Building, 201 Burkesville Street ( Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri.) ; 2) Adair County Library, 307 Greensburg Street (Mon.-Sat.) ; 3) Columbia City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street (Mon.-Fri.)
Description: The free booklet, Walk through the Years in Columbia, is a self guided walking tour of Columbia’s historic downtown area. The Columbia Commercial Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and features 29 contributing buildings. The centerpiece of the district is the 1885 Adair County Courthouse, designed by notable Louisville architects the McDonald Brothers in an eclectic classical style with a prominent clock tower. It was listed in the National Register in 1974.
Points of interest described on the walking tour booklet include:
*1812 Federal Style House where Mark Twain’s parents lived for about a year after their marriage in 1823, before moving to Tennessee
*1857 Presbyterian Church where the steeple was used to watch for rebels coming from the south during the Civil War, and the church doors were used as stretchers for the wounded who were injured where skirmish took place nearby
*1812 private residence that was built as an early academy for boys taught by Presbyterian minister Sam Robertson, who performed the marriage of Mark Twain’s parents
Historic Columbia was settled by Revolutionary War Veterans who were paid with land grants by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The town grew as veterans claimed their land, began farming and provided services to pioneers moving westward. It has been the seat of Adair County since 1803. Like many Kentucky towns, the downtown was laid out in a traditional European design with the courthouse as the centerpiece of a public square. Columbia is surrounded by natural beauty, nestled in rolling hills near Green River Lake and the state parks of Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Barren River. It is the home of Lindsey Wilson College.
Tour120 Site: Duncan Tavern Historic Center, 323 High Street, Paris
Owned and managed by the Kentucky Society Daughters of the
American Revolution (KSDAR)
Hours of Operation: Daily at 1:30 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment
Exceptions include DAR luncheons, Fall Festival, Holiday Hop and the annual Symposium. Call ahead or visit their website to confirm.
Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $4 students, $2 children ages 6-12
FREE – Military (active and retired), Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution
Facebook: Duncan Tavern Group
Host Committee: Historically Bold Tours: Danville History Evolved and Perryville Frozen in Time
Events: Guided Tours of Historic Houses in Danville and Perryville
Sites: Danville – 1850 Mahan-Proctor House / 1837 Montgomery-Rodes House
Perryville – 1855 Karrick-Parks House / 1845 Johnson Britton House
Dates: Saturday, September 14 – Danville / Sunday, October 6 – Perryville
Hours: 6:00 p.m. EDT – Sat. Sept. 14, Danville, Meet in front of the parking lot at Constitution Square Historic Site, 105 East Walnut Street (parking available there) / Tour begins at Mahan-Proctor House, 307 West Broadway-formerly 211 North 3rd Street
2:00 p.m. EDT – Sun. Oct. 6, Perryville, Tour begins at Karrick-Parks House, 4030 South Buell Street
Admissions: Sat. Sept. 14, Danville – Free, but reservations required. To reserve your space, contact Jamee Peyton, email@example.com, and please arrive 15-20 minutes early.
Sun. Oct. 6, Perryville – $20.00 per person. To purchase tickets, contact Vicki Goode at 859- 332-1862. This is a guided tour and not an open house, so please arrive 15-20 minutes early.
Accessibility: Danville is a walking tour, some of which takes place outdoors, and some buildings are not handicap accessible. Some buildings and facilities are not handicap accessible. Please call in advance to inquire about accommodations.
Parking: Sat. Sept. 6, Danville – available at Constitution Square Historic Site, 105 East Walnut Street
Oct. 4, Perryville – available at the Johnson Britton House, 207 South Buell Street
Site: Newport History Museum @ Southgate Street Schools, 215 Southgate Street / General James Taylor Mansion, 335 East Third Street
Hours: Eastern Standard Time
– Southgate Street School
– General James Taylor Mansion
Facebook: Newport History Museum at Southgate
Contact: Scott Clark, 859-655-6357, 513-543-7431, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sites: 18 Historic Homes in Lexington’s Northside Neighborhood – Limestone and Main Street
Beginning at Noon, start anytime, select where you start, which sites you visit and in which order. All homes and gardens will close at 5:00 pm est. Plan in advance where to start your tour by visiting the website here or View and download the Featured Homes Here – Northside Neighborhood House & Garden Tours Lexington Fayette County
Admission: Adults $20 in advance, $25 day of event / Children and Youth 5-17 years $5 / 4 years and younger free
*Purchase tickets day of event between 11:30am and 4:30pm at two ticket sales locations: Old Morrison, 301 West Third Street, and West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Check or cash only for tickets purchased day of the event.
Contact Info: Jennifer Braddock
Thursday, December 3 to Friday, January 1
Santa Claus will be joining the Holiday Lights fun on Dec. 3 & Dec. 10-13, from 5:30–7:30pm! On these special evenings, children can wave at Santa, drop off their letter to Santa in our “Letters to the North Pole” mailbox and get a pre-packaged treat from one of Santa’s Elves all while remaining inside their vehicles.
Admission: Free – Holiday Lights Drive Through Buffalo Trace
Families of all ages are welcome for Schedule Tours, Reservations Required. All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of Buffalo Trace’s award-winning products. Group sizes are currently limited to 8 guests. Please visit www.tours.buffalotracedistillery.com for more information.
Sites: Carnegie Library Museum, 808 Moscow Avenue, Hickman / Historic Stokes House, 204 Buchanan Street, Hickman / Fulton County Courthouse, 114 West Wellington Street, Hickman / The Meadows Hotel, 101 Commercial Avenue, Fulton
Confusion is caused by the town of Hickman being in Fulton County not Hickman County, which is adjacent to Fulton County. The town of Hickman is the county seat of Fulton County.
By Appointment – Stokes House – Call Terry Parish 731-614-4784
Contacts: Norma Pruitt, 270-705-0506, email@example.com / Jeff Campbell, 270-472-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org / Terry Parish-Historic Stokes House, 731-614-4784, email@example.com / Beth McWhirt-Fulton County Courthouse, 270-627-1919, firstname.lastname@example.org / Martha Campbel-Carnegie Library Museum, 270-627-0780, HickmanChamber@att.net
Sites: Hawkins Kirby House, 101 East Market Steet, Warsaw
Facebook: Gallatin County Historical Society
Contact: Jacquelene Mylor
Plan your visit by viewing and downloading the Warsaw National Register Historic District walking tour brochure here> Gallatin County Warsaw Walking Tour Brochure
Sites: William Arnold Log Home, 203 South Main Street, Williamstown
Historic Sherman Tavern, 3815 Dixie Highway/US 25, Dry Ridge
Neither site is routinely open to the public. This is a special opportunity to showcase a range of architectural styles and time periods – frontier Kentucky log cabin, stagecoach travel – and a unique history and purpose that interprets diverse subject matters such as post-Revolutionary War, stagecoach travel and inns in Kentucky.
Directions: Directions: Conveniently linked via US-25 with easy access from I-75, both sites are less than ten miles apart. Local restaurants are nearby.
Parking: Ample Restrooms: Onsite Accessibility: Disabled accessibility 1st floor, log home
Contact: Amy Roe, 513-314-1881, email@example.com / Grant County Tourism, 800-382-7117