The event is free and open to the public; parking is available on-street as well as in the parking lot of the Kentucky Historical Society. Please help share pictures from the event on social media with the hashtag #BGTdeTours!
Old Governor's Mansion
|Old Governor's Mansion. Image provided by Eric Whisman.|
Thirty-five governors called this building home while they served the Commonwealth and it also was their workplace until 1872 when an annex was built next to the Old State Capitol.
After the governor moved out, the building both served various official roles and sat vacant for several years. The building deteriorated and after World War II, many considered its demolition.
But Governor Simeon Willis found money in the budget to stabilize the project (no doubt influenced by his preservationist wife, Ida Lee Willis) and the home was fully renovated in 1956. It then became the official residence for Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor.
More about the Old Governor's Mansion is available from the Division of Historic Properties.
Old State Capitol
|HABS Survey of Old State House in Frankfort, Ky.|
A self-supporting staircase splits into a double circular square under the cupola which sheds light on the interior. The chambers of both the House and Senate are adorned with some original furnishings. The entire structure is today part of the the Kentucky Historical Society complex.
More about the Old State Capitol is available from the Division of Historic Properties.
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