1950 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 233-0512
Fax: (859) 231-9285
What was originally the Dixie Cup Plant has now become an unusual yet ordinary tourist attraction. This water tower was built in the shape of a Dixie Cup when this company had its office in the city. However, even after it got incorporated into the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, the water tower has remained. Authorities have refused to demolish it as it is known to be used by the city's airport as a reference point.
Take a self-guided tour of the striking Loudoun House. Built in 1852, this incredible house is one of the five remaining A.J.Davis castellated Gothic villas. There are studio tours and rotating exhibits.
The Ladies' Confederate Memorial is a monument of the civil war era which was erected in 1874. It is located in the Lexington Cemetery and a part of the Civil War Monuments of Kentucky. It has many elements and motifs that make the monument look beautiful. The monument displays grief, unlike other monuments which show patriotism. The monument seems to have inspired by a poem written by the American poet Abram Joseph Ryan.
This 1849 cemetery has a national reputation as an arboretum. Henry Clay, Gen. John Hunt Morgan, and Coach Adolph Rupp are among the people buried at this site.
Founded way back in 1780, making it the first university in Kentucky, the Transylavania University is located in Lexington. Literally meaning “across the woods”, a tribute to its location amongst dense forests, Transylvania offers 36 programs to its students. Having produced many leaders of America, the Old Morrison, located on the campus, is often frequented by many personalities of political importance.
The Federal style Hunt-Morgan House has many beautiful architectural features, including the Palladian window with fan and sidelights. There is a collection of early Kentucky furniture, 19th century paintings, and articles of the period. The Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum features an extensive collection of Civil War relics and memorabilia. The House is open for guided tours Wednesday through Sunday from mid-April through mid-December.
Robert Todd moved his family, including the future wife of our 16th president, to this late-Georgian house in 1832. This is the first site in the U.S. dedicated to a First Lady.
Well known as one of the most important structures of the 19th century was the Henry Clay's Law Office. Currently the structure is only one remaining of the few professional structures of the span. The one story office was built as a law office where as a young aspiring lawyer, Clay practised to become a successful lawyer. Today, the roof of the same structure has been removed to making it larger and is owned by thr First Presbyterian Church.
Christ Church Cathedral was established in 1796 though the present structure was built in 1848 by Thomas Lewinski, a renowned Lexington architect. This magnificent Gothic Revival edifice is a dominating feature in Downtown Lexington's skyline and history. It was the first Episcopal congregation in town and is the oldest of its kind in the state. Its interiors are just as stately as its facade. Get impressed by stunning stained glass windows, buttresses, arches and the nave. It is the base of The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. It is also renowned for its music and is a gallery space for religious art as well.
Lexington is renowned as the "Horse Capital of the World." Downtown Lexington is the heart of the city and is a potpourri of culture, business and residential spaces. Check out historic homes like Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, The Mary Todd Lincoln House, The Hunt-Morgan House, Waveland, Old Fayette County Courthouse and The Lexington Opera House. The Explorium of Lexington is a must visit when in town for everyone who is young at heart. Shoppers will be delighted at the Victorian Square, LaFayette Galleries, Heritage Antiques and The Shops at Lexington Center. Foodies will love Jefferson Street termed as the restaurant district. Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church is among the oldest African-American churches in the nation. Town Branch Distillery is the pioneer distillery of the city and offers tours. The Downtown also hosts festivals and fairs such as the Festival Latino de Lexington and Woodland Arts Fair.
On the courthouse lawn of Lexington in Kentucky, is built the John C. Breckinridge Memorial. It was established in the year 1887. It honors the renowned John C. Breckinridge, who had served the Confederate Army and also contended with Abraham Lincoln in the 1860s election. Done successfully by the Henry Bonnard Bronze Company of New York, the pedestal is moreover made from granite while the statue has been created in bronze. With its elevated monumental significance, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1997.
Tours and gift shop hours are Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Tours can also be arranged by appointment. Reservations are requested for groups of 15 or more.