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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Farmington

 
 
Farmington Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Farmington Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Historic residence completed 1816 for John and Lucy (Fry) Speed. The Jefferson-inspired plan by Paul Skidmore includes octagonal rooms, rare in 19th c. Kentucky. As many as 64 African Americans enslaved at Farmington worked the 550-acre hemp plantation. Abraham Lincoln spent three weeks here in 1841 as guest of the family of his closest friend, Joshua Speed.

After his visit, Lincoln described a group of shackled slaves he saw on his steamboat trip home. Later he called the memory a “continual torment to me.” During the Civil War the Speeds supported the Union and Joshua’s ties to Lincoln helped secure Kentucky for the Union. Lincoln appointed James Speed Attorney General in 1864.
 
Erected 2007 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2231.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureArchitecture
Farmington Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Farmington Marker (Side B)
War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists.
 
Location. 38° 12.798′ N, 85° 40.349′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Bardstown Road (U.S. 31E) and Wendell Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Bardstown Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville KY 40205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln & Farmington — 1841 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Brothers Speed — Joshua and James (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bowman Field (approx. ¾ mile away); Hayfield (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bray Place / Scoggan-Jones Horse Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton / African American Jockey (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bashford Manor (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Trough Spring / Trough Spring (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Farmington (Louisville, Kentucky) — Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. Asset Detail | Farmington (PDF)
Farmington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
3. Farmington Marker
. National Register of Historic Places registration and photographs. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Farmington image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
4. Farmington
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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