Lincoln’s Louisville Sanctuary

In the wake of a severe bout with what was probably depression, Abraham Lincoln traveled to Louisville, KY to spend some time at the family plantation of his good friend Joshua Speed.  Like every site associated with Lincoln, Farmington Historic Plantation is celebrating the bicentennial of his birth.

Earlier in the year Farmington opened an exhibit dealing with Lincoln’s visit, and later this month they’re running a series of special events on Lincoln and slavery.  Farmington has been at the forefront of slavery interpretation among Kentucky’s historic homes.  I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on this subject organized by the site’s executive director at this year’s Kentucky Association of Museums meeting.

If you’re within driving distance of Louisville, the plantation is well worth a visit.  The house is beautifully restored, and they’ve done a fantastic job of interpreting the grounds.

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