Capital History

Just 30 to 45 Minutes West of the Kentucky Horse Park

Head west on I-64 toward the Kentucky capital city of Frankfort (no, it’s not Louisville). This historic river town (small when compared to most capital cities) was selected to balance the influence of Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky on the legislative process  when the Kentucky River was a major thoroughfare from east to west. Two capitol buildings are here in the Kentucky capital city. The “new” capitol, and the largest, is perched on bluffs above the river. The old capitol is in the hub of downtown and its annex next door is a decidedly different form of architecture. The “new” site became available in the midst of construction saving the older and architecturally significant building, with remarkable self-supporting stairways that lead to the chambers on the second floor, from being demolished.

Kentucky State Capital Frankfort/Franklin Co Tourist & Convention Commission Located in the historic Gooch House just south of the award-winning Capital Avenue Bridge in “south” Frankfort, this restored domicile was part of a separate incorporated town in Frankfort’s earlier days.

State Capitol Building Completed in 1914 - stand in the rotunda and look up.

Executive Mansion With decidedly French influences, this governor’s residence is adjacent to the capital.

Floral Clock A huge and unusual floral clock is positioned in front of the Capital Annex. And it actually keeps good time.

The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History Opened in 2000, this center superbly displays remarkable artifacts that, prior to the completion, were hidden from public view in warehouses.

The Kentucky Vietnam Memorial Architect Helm Roberts designed this sundial that has to be seen to be understood.

Daniel Boone Grave Many famous people are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, but perhaps the top of the list are Daniel and Rebecca Boone.

Buffalo Trace DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery Frankfort, KY is home to this award-winning distillery, located where the buffalo crossed the shoals of the Kentucky River long before settlers came to the area, Buffalo Trace wins international awards for their spirits.

Rebecca Ruth Candies Factory The bourbon ball was first created here. Need we say more? But chocolate is a main character.

Leslie Morris Park at Fort Hill Used as an encampment during the Civil War Fort Hill overlooks the entire river valley of Frankfort.

Frank Lloyd Wright Design Frank Lloyd Wright  Home  Commissioned during a chance meeting by Wright and Reverend Ziegler on a boat bound for Europe in 1909, the design is based on the “Fireproof House for $5000.”

Downtown dining in Historic Frankfort There are numerous and diverse places to consider for your dining downtown in the Kentucky capital city. Check out Serifini, Buddy’s Pizza and Gibby’s, to name but a few that lie along the railroad tracks that traverse the historic state capital of Kentucky.

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