AAA Editor Notes
Farmington is off I-264 Bardstown Rd. exit following signs. Designed from a plan by Thomas Jefferson and completed in 1816, this 14-room Federal-style home was the center of the 550-acre hemp plantation owned by John and Lucy Speed and sustained by nearly 60 slaves. The restored house is furnished with Kentucky furniture and period antiques. A summer kitchen, springhouse, stone barn and re-created early 19th-century garden are on the 18-acre grounds.
The “Lincoln and Farmington: An Enduring Friendship” exhibit explores the friendship of Joshua Speed, one of John and Lucy’s 11 children, and Abraham Lincoln, whom Joshua befriended while both young men were beginning their careers in Springfield, Ill. The two became close friends, and in 1841 Lincoln spent about 3 weeks at Farmington during a break in his relationship with Mary Todd. The exhibit’s documents, letters and photographs chronicle Lincoln’s visit, likely his sole experience on a slave-based plantation; an invitation to Lincoln’s 1865 funeral also is displayed.