Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
1814 Federal-style home, named Hopemont, retains original architectural features, including a cantilevered staircase & fanlight window. Saved from demolition by the Blue Grass Trust in 1955. Built by John Wesley Hunt (1773-1849), a philanthropist and the first millionaire west of the Allegheny Mountains. (Over)
Inherited by daughter, Henrietta Hunt Morgan, mother of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864), known as the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy." Birthplace of John Wesley Hunt's great grandson, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945), known as the "Father of Modern Genetics" and the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize (1933). Update of original KY Historical Marker #3
Erected 2011 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2365.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 3.009′ N, 84° 29.768′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on North Mill Street 0.1 miles north of West 2nd. Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North Mill Street, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morgan House (a few steps from this marker); Lexington Public Library 1905 - 1989 / A Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Brown, M.D. (1769 - 1830) (within shouting distance of this marker); Taking Politician Henry Clay to Court 1829 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Clay's Law Office (about 300 feet away); Thomas Hunt Morgan / Genetic Research (about 300 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); School Of Medicine (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
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