It was the nation’s longest lasting, continually operated, family owned saddletree company.
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site This Greek Revival style abode was built in 1844 and is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Madison’s Historic District.
Tour this home adorned with historic architectural features and catch a breathtaking glimpse at the of Ohio River from the south portico beneath the colossal Corinthian columns.
(only first floor is ADA, but guests have access to all 3 floors) Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and is considered to be the "Crown Jewel" of Madison’s Historic District.
Designed by architect Francis Costigan, the mansion exhibits many original Greek Revival features including its square plan, the full façade porch on the south elevation, the Corinthian columns on the south portico, the Doric pilasters that appear on several locations on the exterior, the massive exterior entablature and dentilated cornice, the ornamental anthemia, the ornamental pediments over the windows and doors, and the Ionic columns that separate the double parlors on the first floor.
Descendants of the Henton family still farm the land, growing everything from wheat; corn, for the near-by Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery; soybeans; and Kentucky’s cash-crop, tobacco.
Walk through the working farm with Hoppy Henton, an on-site expert who will explain the intricacies of Kentucky tobacco production from planting, to harvesting and the barn curing process.
The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.
The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.
After our time in the tasting room comes to an end, our journey will conclude in the gift shop, where you can pick out a memento to remember your visit to the famous Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Follow the back roads of Madison, as we make our way to Kentucky, through rolling hills flanked with black fence, champion Thoroughbred horse farms, charred oak barrels full of aging bourbon whiskey, and crimson barns filled with tobacco leaves drying in the southern breeze.
The factory closed in 1972 and was left completely intact.