This Palladian-style Georgian mansion is an elegant example of the fine, early architecture of Kentucky and demonstrates the lifestyle and customs of the landed gentry who migrated to rural western Kentucky. Maintained by Historic Russellville, the antebellum structure was built c1820 by Major Richard Bibb, an early abolitionist, revolutionary war veteran and a significant landowner in Logan County who enjoyed working in his vegetable garden. (His son, John, is credited with developing “Kentucky Limestone” lettuce, known today as Bibb lettuce.) Bibb freed more than two dozen of his slaves in 1829 and the remainder (as specified in his will) after his death in 1839.
Once a house museum to be repurposed into a living history-educational center, the Bibb House is currently available for rent, and is expected to be featured in a segment of “Trees,” an independent mini-series to film in Russellville in the summer 2017.