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Brown-Pusey House, Elizabethtown

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Free tours of the house and The Cunningham Garden are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. Donations are welcomed.

About the Brown-Pusey House

The Brown-Pusey House built in 1825 by John Y. Hill was home for he and his wife, Rebecca. This warm and stately old home was for many years the Hill House, a boarding house operated by "Aunt Beck" Hill. Among the guests at the Hill House were General George Armstrong Custer and his wife Elizabeth. General Custer's assignment in Elizabethtown was to combat the influence of the Ku Klux Klan and the illegal distilleries.

Other notable visitors to the Hill House were the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, who sang on the front steps, and General John Hunt Morgan of the Confederate Army who dined at the Hill House on several occasions. In 1923, the Brown-Pusey House was restored and given to the community by Dr. William Allen Pusey and Dr. Alfred Brown Pusey (great-nephews of "Aunt Beck") as well as Mrs. Sallie Cunningham Pusey and the related Hastings family.

The Brown-Pusey House serves the community in many ways, as envisioned by its grantors. This Georgian mansion houses the Pusey Room Museum, a genealogical library, and meeting rooms for private and public functions. There is also a beautifully maintained garden for the public to enjoy.
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  • Hardin County has tremendous history dating back to a pre-Civil War bustling town and Native American gathering area. You will now believe how much this area has contributed to not just the...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the Guy who play General Custard a lot of history of this area. We ate and had class there. So much once again to learn about the history of Elizabethtown.  more »
  • A free little historical attraction. The house is open to walk through to see some of the original furniture. Also within the house is a small museum about the Brown-Pusey family--neat artifacts and a helpful family tree. The employees were welcoming and willing to answer all of our questions about the house. Make sure to check out the community library that has historical Kentucky books! We were able to purchase an original print edition of a book about the history of Kentucky for less than $50!
  • What a stunning place full of history and artifacts. I highly recommend a visit.

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