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Jack Jouett House Historic Site

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Address: 255 Craigs Creek Rd, Versailles, KY 40383-9649
Phone Number:
+1 859-873-7902
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is a historic house museum owned and...

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is a historic house museum owned and operated by the Woodford County Fiscal Court. It was the home of Captain John (Jack) Jouett, Jr., the Revolutionary War hero whose 40-mile ride through the backcountry of Virginia most likely saved American Independence. In Kentucky, Jack was a legislator, farmer, horse breeder, and distiller. Jack’s wife was Sally Robards Jouett. Their son, Matthew Harris Jouett (one of the 19th century’s most gifted and well-known portraitists), grew up in the home.

The museum is open April through October on Fridays (noon-5), Saturdays (10-5), Sundays (1-5), and Mondays (10-noon) and by appointment all year. The frontier homestead includes a 1780’s stone cabin, used as a kitchen by the Jouetts, and a 1797 Federal-style brick house with parlor, dining room, and three bedrooms. The grounds feature a Colonial Herb Garden, a Native Tree Walk, and a Woodford County Quilt Trail quilt square.

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We love history and made a stop here on our trip to Kentucky. The kind lady who led us thru(a prior board member) was so kind and gave us some great history points about Jack... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Findlay, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a little off the beaten path, but the path is a very pretty drive. Jack Jouett is the “Paul Revere of the South” having forewarned Thomas Jefferson and others of coming British. He moved to Kentucky and had a successful hemp plantation among other things. The home is small and takes about 30 minutes to tour. Definitely worth... More 

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We're so glad you enjoyed your trip! Thank you for the kind words. More 

Findlay, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

We love history and made a stop here on our trip to Kentucky. The kind lady who led us thru(a prior board member) was so kind and gave us some great history points about Jack Jouett and the house. The condition of this home is such a welcome surprise especially when she tells you how old it is! She also... More 

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Thank you for your kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip. More 

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

If you are a history buff, this is for you. kids are old enough to appreciate their history. Lots t look at. the road lets you know that this was remote even today. Close to the Kentucky river and very hilly. An old church is at the end of the road. You get the feeling that there is a lot... More 

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Versailles, Kentucky
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

What a neat spot! The house is that of the 'other' Paul Revere, the one who never had a poem about him go viral! Jouett made the same ride as Revere but through much more difficult conditions and under threat of capture. The house is lovely with furnishings representing the period. The visitor center has may unearthed artifacts and a... More 

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washington dc
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped by to see the new plaque that was recently installed about the history of the place. I see no other reviews since I did one in March. Still a great place to stop and look around. Put it on your list when in Versailles!

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Berea Ky
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

I was out with a friend of mine exploring. We turned down a road and there it was! We didn't know this small park existed , nor did we know the man. We visited with the park supervisor who was very friendly. The house is lovely and the small cemetery peaceful and historically interesting. This park is a nice picnic... More 

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Versailles, Kentucky
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Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

The guided tours were closed but spent quite some time walking the grounds. Was surprised by the wonderful condition of the historic home. Will be coming back soon for a guided tour. Also the family cemetery was quite a surprise.

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washington dc
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Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

This place is a nice ride out into the country. We were back in the Versailles area and stopped by again. We lived across the street back in the 80's. We played around the property then and enjoyed the site. We knew the caretakers but they have changed now. Still a great historical place with a wonderful story of "... More 

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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

This was was very interesting & fun. The caretaker was very informative & knowledgeable. The house is excellently restored. Well worth checking out it is free but donations are excepted. I was very glad it popped up on Tripadverisor. The whole family enjoyed it.

1 Thank B. M
Albany, Kentucky
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

This site was the home of revolutionary war hero Captain Jack Jouett. Captain Jouett rode his horse over forty miles through the rough wilderness to warn Thomas Jefferson and other American Revolutionary leaders of a plot by the British to capture them. One of Captain Jouett's sons is the famous portrait artist Matthew Harris Jouett. Several of his paintings are... More 

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