Walking Tour of Frankfort downtown
Walking tour of downtown Frankfort.
The tour consists of 10 contiguous city blocks;
from Ann Street on the east to Wilkinson Street on the west;
from Wapping Street on the south to Broadway Street on the north.
Along Wapping Street, from Wilkinson to St. Clair:
218 Wilkinson... Greek Revival architecture
505 Wapping... the Wilkinson home was once a tavern
417 Wapping... architect also built spires at Churchhil Downs
407Wapping... Greek Revival home once used by military in Civil War
401 Wapping... the phrase "Dog is Man's best Friend" was born here
320 Wapping... Todd House, brother-in-law to President Madison
305 Wapping... Customs House was originally the Post Office then the Library
the Singing Bridge is at the corner of Wapping and St. Clair
Along St. Clair, from Wapping to Main:
201 St. Clair... First Baptist Church
Then the Court House and across the street the old Theater
Along Main Street, from St. CLair to Wilkinson:
326 Main... Morehead House
329 Main... Goodman House
333 Main... Coleman House
401 Main... Crittendon House, he was Governor,Senator,Attorney General
416 Main... Gothic architecture of the Presbyterian Church
218 Wilkinson... Liberty Hall, Georgian architecture
302 Wilkinson... Federal style of the Crittendon House
walk from Wilkinson north to Broadway.
Along Broadway Street, from Wilkinson to St.Clair:
413 Broadway... Kendall House, he was tutor for Henry Clay
318 Washington... Mcclure-Foster House now is Red Cross building
333 Broadway... Bibb Law Offices
north corner of Broadway and Lewis... Greek Revival architecture of Old State Capital
Depending on your interest, the tour takes at least an hour and probably two.
This is best done with one of the local "explorers" who will give detailed information about each building.
Contact Russ Hatter's Tours, 502-696-0607
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Salato Wildlife Education Center
Wish they had one of these when I was a kid. What the heck, I'm still a kid at heart, so I can enjoy it anyways.
This is where wildlife (flora and fauna) and the classroom meet. The park has been open for about 10 years (1995). The layout is a visitor center with dioramas and live acquariums and indoor exhibits of animal habits and habitat. Then you take one of the hiking trails to see the animals where they live.
You will be introduced to a sample of the diverse environment where wildlife live in Kentucky. Streams, ponds, marshes and wetlands, brush fields and woodlands are all on the trails in this park. On the "education" trails (easy walking), you will be able to see examples of the wildlife and there are exhibits that show how we can help that wildlife survive and what we need to do to keep the environment from being destroyed. Parts of the park are like an open-air zoo where animals are exhibited without danger of being interfered with by the people on the trails.
Conservation, ecology and meshing wildlife within today's technologically driven world are the underlying themes of everything that happens at the Center.
The park encloses a small lake where children can learn how to fish and what species are in the area and what they eat and where they go in the winter.
There are also more strenuous trails aimed at the experienced/hardy hiker which take you into areas where the animals are free to roam.
All of this does not come cheap.... you must donate something or go away with your conscience bothering you. The park is only available to the public because of state-complemented private donations.
There are restroom facilities around the property and they have a couple of shelters that can be rented by the hour or for the day. (fairly cheap.... like $50 a day)
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
As the sun rises and falls, the shadow of the sundial on this memorial passes over the names of the veterans who rose to the call of duty and fell as victims of death.
The names are those of Kentuckians but the visitors are from all over the world.
On or about the anniversary of the veterans death, the shadow falls across that name plate embedded in the cement plaza. This is that veteran's "memorial day".
The place is solemn, sobering and sad. I will be glad when the day comes that we will not need these visual reminders of nations' follies.
another good website about this project is:
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Kentucky Historical Society
We parked and crossed the apparently unused RR tracks to the Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky History Museum, which was something I had intended to visit anyway. We went to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, but the admission also includes the Kentucky Military History Museum and Old State Capitol.
Hours Open Tuesday – Saturday 10-5
Youth (6-18) $2
Children 5 and under receive complimentary admission
is divided into eight main areas, chronicling life in Kentucky from prehistoric times to the present: First Kentuckians (10,000 BC-AD 1750), The Kentucky Frontier (1750-1800), The Antebellum Age (1800-1860), War and Aftermath (1860-1875), Continuity and Change (1875-1900), The New Century (1900-1930), Depression and War (1930-1950), and Many Sides of Kentucky (1950-today). Another area, Pure Kentucky, highlights the lives and contributions of famous Kentuckians through artifacts, from a boxing robe worn by Muhammad Ali...
They told me I could take photos as long as I did not use a flash but a lot of the photos that I took are a little dark.
After lunch, I came back and did some research in the library. I wanted Bob to go to the Old Capitol, but he didn't tour either the Old Capitol (which was included in the museum price) or the military museum.
Aerial Tour of Frankfort
To get a different perspective on the city of Frankfort, KY, you might consider taking an aerial tour over the city. Choose a sunrise or sunset flight for special effects. Bring your camera and plenty of film (or extra digital pic-cards).
The planes are small four-seater props with wings over the fuselage (Cessna 172) to give you best view and scope. If you are not very good at taking pictures, you can even hire your own personal photographer. If you want them to take special pictures and you'd rather stay on the ground, they can provide that service also.
This is not cheap ($150-$300 per hour) but it sure is a unique opportunity.
The company is EAGLE WINGS AIR, family owned and operated in Frankfort.
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The State Capitol Building
Completed in 1910, this is the new state capitol. Built in the neo-classic style, with 70 ionic columns, it shows Kentucky as a heroine, with five attendants: Progress, History, Law, Art, and Labor. The rotunda was influenced by that of Les Invalides in Paris (where Napoleon is entombed). This is one of the country's most attractive capitol buildings.
One of its unusual features is the Floral Clock. It's 34 feet across, and covered with thousands of flowers.
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Frankfurt Cemetery is worth a visit for a number of reasons, it is the home to many historic graves from the Revolutionary War on, It has great views of Frankfurt and the Capitol building and the main reason is that it is the final resting place of Daniel Boone.
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Capital Visit to Two Capitol Buildings
Kentucky's Current Capitol Building (1910)
By the turn of the century, it was evident to Kentucky government officials that a new capitol building was needed.
This is the current State House. It is the fourth permanent building since statehood in 1792. There is also a Floral Clock in front of the building. The face of this colorful flowering clock is 34 ft across and is planted with thousands of plants. For good luck, toss a coin into the fountain. Hours are dawn to dusk.
Guided tours Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 3:30pm, every half hour and non-guided tours on Sat. 10am - 2pm.
We just looked at this building from the overlook. But there is more than one Capitol building in Frankfort.
After Kentucky had lost six State Houses to fire, the government began to search for a design that did not rely upon wood as the main construction component. In 1827, the Kentucky Legislature sponsored an architect's competition, the winner receiving the bid to design the new Kentucky Capitol building.
Gideon Shyrock, a young Lexingtonian and former student of Philadelphia architect William Strickland, won the competition. The exterior building plan, based on the Greek Revival style, was patterned on a Greek temple, with grand Ionic columns and massive pediment. The entire structure was to be constructed of "Kentucky marble," a form of crystalline limestone found near the cliffs overlooking the Kentucky River.
This is now the Old Capitol, which is part of the downtown museum complex Here you can explore more than 200 years of politics, architecture, enterprise, misbehavior, and everyday life in Frankfort at the Capitol City Museum. Free admission.
Tour hours are Mon. - Sat.10am - 4pm.
I tried to get Bob to go there while I was in the library, but he did not.
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Grave of Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca
According to Marthasville, Frankfort dug up the wrong body. The grave next to Rebecca's was already occupied when Daniel died, they say, so he was buried at her feet. Daniel's relatives were angry at Frankfort and didn't tell them about his true burial plot. They let Frankfort cart away the body next to Rebecca's, the body of a stranger.
Scientific scrutiny seems to support Marthasville's claims. A forensic anthropologist studied a plaster cast of the skull in Frankfort's "Daniel Boone" grave in 1983 and said that it really belonged to a large black man. Frankfort, of course, pooh-poohed those allegations.
Old Capitol Building in Frankfort Historical area
Frankfort is both the seat of Franklin county and of the state government. It lies along the Kentucky River and is served by I-64, US 60, US 127, US 460, and US 412. The area was visited by English explorers beginning in 1751 and settlement began in the 1780s. The name probably comes from Stephen Frank, a settler who was killed at what came to be known as Frank's Ford. The town was established in 1786 as Frankfort, Virginia, and became the capital of the new state in 1792. The Frankfort post office opened in 1794. The population in 1990 was 25,968.
The original town of Frankfort was on the north side of the Kentucky River. It has expanded to include the once independent towns of South Frankfort, south of the River, and Leestown, which was just north of the original town.
Daniel Boone Gravesite
In Frankfort Cemetery lies one of America's most noted explorers, Daniel Boone. Although not the first to explore or settle in Kentucky, he is nevertheless associated with early westward expansion in the young United States. The grave of Boone and his wife Rebecca is situated on a spectacular overlook of the river, capitol and hilly countryside.
Kentucky State Capitol
This 1910 Beaux Arts structure is Kentucky's fourth capitol building and is just a fine, fine building in a perfect location, nestled in a valley but standing high above the Kentucky River. Defintely representative of its style overall, but there are lots of little details and adornments. Definetely take the time to wander around the building and grounds.
Surrounded by nice but old and modest houses, the government complex has a very open and accesible feel, which is what American political Democracy is supposed to feel like, though many times it has failed in that aspect.
The Zeigler House
According to the sign outfront, the house came to be when Frankfort resident and Presbyterian minister Jesse Zeigler met Wright on a ship. This is the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kentucky, and its current owners have lovingly restored this 1910 Prairie Style abode.
Not quite as good as the view from Frankfort Cemetery, but this scenic overlook on US 60 east of town offers a well framed view of the capitol building. The rest of Frankfort is obscured by thick groves of trees.
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