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“Historic Plantation Home in Louisville, KY”
Farmington, an historic site in Louisville, Kentucky, was once the center of a hemp plantation owned by John and Lucy Speed. The 14-room, Federal-style brick home was possibly based on a design by Thomas Jefferson and has several Jeffersonian architectural features.HistoryThe Farmington site was part of a military land grant given to Captain James Speed in 1780. His son, John Speed, completed Farmington on a tract of land in 1816. Built in the Federal architectural style, the house is based on plans by Thomas Jefferson, which are now in the Coolidge Collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society.Speed built the house for his wife, Lucy Gilmer Fry, daughter of Joshua Fry and granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Walker, the guardian of Thomas Jefferson. Her aunt and uncle's home in Charlottesville, Virginia was called Farmington and had an addition designed by Thomas Jefferson.Their son, Joshua Fry Speed, was an intimate, lifelong friend of Abraham Lincoln. While courting Mary Todd, Lincoln spent three weeks at Farmington in 1841 while recovering from mental and physical exhaustion.John and Lucy's son, James Speed, was appointed Attorney General of the United States by Lincoln in 1863.
We love it here. We often come on a walk to see the crops, garden, and foliage change through the seasons. Read more
Being at Farmington is both sobering but also very inspirational. The last time that I visited Farmington was during a family reunion in 2005 or 2006. I am a direct descendent of David and Martha... Read more
I can not recommend this event enough! We did not know what to expect walking thru the doors of Farmington, but we were not disappointed in the slightest bit. Everyone was very welcoming and... Read more
Farmington Historic Plantation
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