White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond

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White Hall State Historic Site is a 14acre park in Richmond, Kentucky, southeast of Lexington.White HallThe site's major feature is White Hall, the home of Kentucky legislator Cassius Marcellus Clay. He was an anti-slavery newspaper publisher, politician, soldier and Minister to Russia through the Lincoln, Johnson and Grant administrations. He published True American for nearly 25 years. His daughter, Laura Clay, was the first woman nominated for President by the Democratic Party.This restored 44-room Italianate mansion was built in 1798-1799 and remodeled in the 1860s.The site became part of the state park system in 1968.On April 12, 2011 White Hall was designated as a national historic site in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists, because of Clay's career as a publisher.RestorationThe house was restored in 1971 under the leadership of Kentucky's First Lady Beula C. Nunn, with assistance of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation. In addition to the heirloom and period furnishings, White Hall has many unique features for its day, including indoor plumbing and central heating.
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  • Jeffery was a very entertaining knowledgeable tour guide. He encouraged questions and had an obvious love of the house and its History. A well restored house. It is certainly worth visiting.  more »
  • This home has been beautifully restored. Our guide, Jeffrey, was extremely well-versed in the history of the home and the family and authoritatively answered every question that was asked. A must-stop...  more »
  • My daughter, granddaughter and I visited here yesterday on a beautiful fall day. The grounds are lovely and the old house beautiful . We had a very knowledgeable guide who gave us a one hour tour of t...  more »
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  • To understand Kentucky civil war history, a visit here is required. Cassius Clay was a first cousin to Henry Clay, the famous politician who prevented the Civil War for 30 years. Cassius is perhaps the most famous Kentuckian you have never heard of, with the exception of Martin Van Buren Bates, the Kentucky River Giant.
  • I was thrilled with the tour! Our guide, Jeffery, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The home and grounds were stunningly beautiful, and immaculately kept. It was truly a fun and educational experience for the entire family. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
  • Great place to relax in Madison County
  • If you like history and/or old style architecture, you'll want to visit White Hall. This old mansion was the first home in the area to have indoor plumbing and learning about the way that plumbing was designed to work was more than mildly interesting.
  • Cassius Clay was a fascinating, colorful character and his home is a real treat to visit.

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