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White Hall State Historic Site

500 White Hall Shrine Rd, Richmond, KY 40475-9159
+1 859-623-9178
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It has been awhile since we visited, but I wanted to make sure to let others know how much this... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2015
Robin F
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Venice, Florida, United States
Loves History

I have toured here four times total.I went twice at Christmas and it was absolutely beautiful.The... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2015
Shirley K
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Richmond, Kentucky
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White Hall State Historic Site was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, 19th century emancipationist, politician, newspaper publisher, Ambassador to Russia, and friend to Abraham Lincoln. The restored Italianate mansion was built in 1798 and remodeled in the 1860s. General Green Clay built the original brick Georgian-style home called Clermont. Cassius M. Clay inherited the house upon his father’s passing. He and his wife Mary Jane Warfield Clay built the new addition that more than doubled the size of the house and added such modern amenities as indoor plumbing and central heating.
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500 White Hall Shrine Rd, Richmond, KY 40475-9159
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

It has been awhile since we visited, but I wanted to make sure to let others know how much this house is worth for a visit. The history of the house and its occupants is a must see. A famously rich land owner, a Russian...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2015

I have toured here four times total.I went twice at Christmas and it was absolutely beautiful.The decorations alone were awesome and the furnishings a must see for anyone who enjoys antiques. I saw a play performed there twice and enjoyed that very much. If you...More

Thank Shirley K
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Reviewed 13 February 2015

I thought the price of admission was well worth it. There are many neat furnishings from the time period in this house, furniture artwork, etc. The stories the guides tell are also interesting apparently clay killed 2 men in his kitchen at age 80 because...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2015

Very nice place to visit. You can walk through the home, learn about the inhabitants, and enjoy the grounds. There are sometimes events held at the site, including Derby brunch.

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Reviewed 24 November 2014

We took out of town friends for a tour. Everyone was very pleased with the docent's knowledge of the house, grounds and history. He was willing to answer questions and share some stories. It was great, we are going to the Christmas Open House to...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2014

We had not planned to tour this home but are so glad we did. We were in Barea on the way back to Cincinnati. Our tour guide was an expert on the family and the home having authored a book about both. The home is...More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Went to an evening ghost walk and tour. Curator gave tour and very interesting. Didn't see any ghost but heard stories of sights and sounds of them. Interesting house of Cassius Clay Ambassador to Russia during Lincoln's era. Seniors be careful lots of steep stairs....More

1  Thank Don M
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I have taken visitors friends and relatives to Whitehall several times in the past. The tour we experience the second of July was the best. We were lucky to have the curator herself lead us through the house because she was extremely well informed. She...More

1  Thank Susan T
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Our guide knew the history that is a fact and we loved the way he brought the history. The White hall is something you have to see it's a part of the history of Richmond ! do not miss it !

2  Thank tinawaldo007
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Met another couple to do a tour of this restored property. Obviously much effort and expense went into the restoration, which was handled by a former governors wife. Our guide was very knowledgeable and good about pointing out what was original to the house and...More

1  Thank remarcm
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uzuzu
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Response from jbdtbd |
The room you remember is in the attic of the old section of the house. The ceiling is only 6 feet tall and used to be interpreted as " the nanny's room". It had children's furniture and dolls displayed. It is now used as the... More
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