218 Wilkinson Street
Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
Liberty Hall is a historic house museum in Frankfort, Kentucky. Built 1796-1800 by American statesman John Brown, it is known for its association with Brown and its fine Federal-style architecture.
It is a two-story five-bay brick house whose main section is 60 by 46 feet (18 m × 14 m) in plan; it has a two-story rear ell which is 24.3 by 43.6 feet (7.4 m × 13.3 m) in plan.
Brown began construction of a home on the property shortly after purchasing it, though he was often away on government business in Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States. One of the earliest brick homes in Frankfort, this structure was made from bricks fired locally from clay dug from the cellar.
In 1835, John Brown divided his property so that his sons would have equal inheritance. His elder son, Mason, inherited Liberty Hall. In 1934, Mary Mason Scott, John Brown's great-granddaughter and the last resident of Liberty Hall, died; she left Liberty Hall to her brother, John Matthew Scott. He sold Liberty Hall to a group of concerned citizens who had formed Liberty Hall, Inc., a nonprofit organization to preserve the historic building. They opened the house as a museum in 1937.
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