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Hopemont, Lexington

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The Hunt–Morgan House, historically known as Hopemont, is a Federal style residence in Lexington, Kentucky built in 1814 by John Wesley Hunt, the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies. The house is included in the Gratz Park Historic District. The Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum is located on the second floor of the Hunt–Morgan House.
Other notable people who resided at Hopemont include John Wesley Hunt's grandson, General John Hunt Morgan, a general in the Confederate Army. Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, the first Kentuckian to win the Nobel Prize, was born in the house in 1866. The House has many beautiful architectural features, including the Palladian window with fan and sidelights that grace its front façade. In 1955 the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation was formed to save this home from impending demolition. The organization restored the home to its Federal appearance.
The Hunt–Morgan House is located on the corner of Mill and Second Streets, at 201 N. Mill Street, in Lexington.
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  • The lady of the house gave us a great detailed tour. We learned a lot of history about the people and home they inhabited. Also the total history of the house. The old, old Ash tree was interesting...  more »
  • We walked by this home and decided to look in, which was a good choice. Our very knowledgeable guide told us the story of the families who lived there and the house itself. Very interesting  more »

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