Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Frankfort KY

Guess what? That's right, another state Capitol.
Daniel Boone burial site.
Reinterred here in 1845.

Next stop was Frankfort Kentucky. Not only is this the capital of Kentucky, it has a great historic section. On our way into town we stopped at the Frankfort Cemetery, holding people since 1844, to see the burial site of Daniel and Rebecca Boone. This cemetery is amazing with all of the really old headstones and it's hilltop view over the Capitol and Kentucky River.

Kentucky State Capitol
Once downtown, we started by touring the Capitol, the new one, that is. This building, completed in 1910, is relatively new compared to a lot of others. It is one of the few that rates as a "gem" in the AAA Tour Book. That rating is justified as it is beautiful with marble, mahogany, paintings and an excellent design. This one ranks right up there with Connecticut's Capitol in terms of grandeur, and actually, I think the design is better so I would give this one the nod as being slightly better.
Capitol from Senate Chamber
across to House Chamber

KY State Capitol
As you walk around the Frankfort historic area there are 36 information signs in front of buildings telling their story. We had beautiful weather to help make a long walk up and down streets very enjoyable. We were unable to tour the Old State House, the Capitol for 80 year prior to the new one being completed, because they only give periodic tours which didn't coincide with our visit to town.

After getting some lunch we went to the Buffalo Trace Distillery to learn about Kentucky Bourbon. This distillery also happens to be a National Historic Landmark as it is the oldest continually operated distillery in the nation, remaining operational even during Prohibition- for "medicinal" purposes.

John Brown house - 1801

Liberty Hall 1796

Garrard Crittendan house

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