White Hall State Historic Site

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White Hall Mansion.jpg
White Hall in 2009
White Hall State Historic Site is located in Kentucky
White Hall State Historic Site
White Hall State Historic Site is located in the US
White Hall State Historic Site
Location 500 White Hall Shrine Road
Nearest city Richmond, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°49′58″N 84°21′8″W / 37.83278°N 84.35222°W / 37.83278; -84.35222Coordinates: 37°49′58″N 84°21′8″W / 37.83278°N 84.35222°W / 37.83278; -84.35222
Area 13.6 acres (5.5 ha)
Built 1798
Architect Gen. Green Clay; Thomas Lewinski
Architectural style Italianate, Georgian
NRHP reference # 71000352[1]
Added to NRHP March 11, 1971

White Hall State Historic Site is a 14-acre (5.7 ha) park in Richmond, Kentucky, southeast of Lexington.

White Hall[edit]

The site's major feature is White Hall, the home of Kentucky legislator Cassius Marcellus Clay. He was an anti-slavery newspaper publisher, politician, soldier and Minister to Russia through the Lincoln, Johnson and Grant administrations. He published True American for nearly 25 years.

This restored 44-room Italianate began as a 7-room structure built in 1798-1799 by General Green Clay. It was expanded and remodeled in the early 1860s to the structure seen today.

The site became part of the state park system in 1968.[2]

On April 12, 2011 White Hall was designated as a national historic site in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists, because of Clay's career as a publisher.[3]


The house's restoration was completed and open to the public in 1971 under the leadership of Kentucky's First Lady Beula C. Nunn, with assistance of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation.[4] In addition to the heirloom and period furnishings, White Hall has many unique features for its day, including indoor plumbing and central heating.[5]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Historic Sites". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.
  3. ^ "Dedicates White Hall as Historic Site in Journalism", Eastern Kentucky University
  4. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/bearsite/5501419050/
  5. ^ http://parks.ky.gov/statehistoricsites/wh/index.htm

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