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White Hall State Historic Site

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Address: 500 White Hall Shrine Rd, Richmond, KY 40475-9159
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+1 859-623-9178
10:00 - 16:00
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White Hall State Historic Site was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, 19th...

White Hall State Historic Site was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, 19th century emancipationist, politician, newspaper publisher, Ambassador to Russia, and friend to Abraham Lincoln. The restored Italianate mansion was built in 1798 and remodeled in the 1860s. General Green Clay built the original brick Georgian-style home called Clermont. Cassius M. Clay inherited the house upon his father’s passing. He and his wife Mary Jane Warfield Clay built the new addition that more than doubled the size of the house and added such modern amenities as indoor plumbing and central heating.

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Great history lesson

The tour guide had tremendous historical knowledge and a real love for the place. Defiinitely worth the small fee.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tour guide had tremendous historical knowledge and a real love for the place. Defiinitely worth the small fee.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

White Hall was the home of the Clay family. The son, Cassius Clay, was an emancipator in the 1840's, which made him very unpopular. Muhammad Ali's (aka Cassius Clay) grandfather was a friend of Mr Clay's and that is who Muhammad was named after. The White Hall Cassius Clay lived a pretty wild life. Home is wonderful to view and... More 

Thank Ann093013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the home of Green Clay and son, Cassius Clay, about whom I knew very little before visiting White Hall. There is a small visitor center and gift shop where you pay and then walk a short distance to the home. Our tour guide for the day was Randy and his enthusiasm and knowledge made for a very enjoyable... More 

Thank PhoenixRobin
Crescent City, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I went with the grand kids for their Ghost walk. It was fun but hard for me to hear. My grand daughter and I went back another day. WE had a great one on one tour from one of the previous visit's "ghosts." Very interesting architecture and History. Anyone visiting the area should really give White Hall a visit. Too... More 

Thank RickCrescentCity_CA
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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Visited White Hall for the Victorian Christmas tour. Really nice decorations, but I didn't like that it is a self guided tour. I'm sure there was a lot of history we missed out on because there were no tour guides. I was also very disappointed to find that pictures are not allowed inside. Nonetheless, it was beautiful and I still... More 

Thank Matthew D
Shelbyville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We've been here twice and both times the house, itself, was closed. However, you can walk the beautiful gardens and grounds and see the different out-building while marveling at the architecture.We stood in the window-wells and took pictures of ourselves to show how tall the windows of the house are. Pretty cool.

Thank jannfri
South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I chose this activity because we always seek out castles, plantations and other historical buildings. I really didn't know what to expect. Boy was I surprised! I believe they said this house is ten thousand square feet. You can see the original home, and then the addition that was quite creatively handled. I didn't anticipate the history at all. You'll... More 

Thank Jesus_Love_Me2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I'm from Wisconsin and my first visit here was in 2003. I fell in love and have been there 3 times now. Beautiful property! Great place for family photos.

Thank Lena-Sara H
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This is a fabulous home. Reasonable entry fees. The tour guide was knowledgable, however I do question what he referred to tatting as it was crochet. I did the same pattern as a young child. Lots of walking. Not for the elderly or this with difficulties moving from stair case to stair case.

Thank Sandra A
Ararat, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

Our guide Stephanie was absolutely fantastic. She knows so much about the Clay family and the home and the pieces inside. Our group asked a lot of questions and she was able to field all of them, cheerfully and knowledgeably. This tour was recommended by someone we ran in to at our hotel and I returned the favor by recommending... More 

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