Welcome to Farmington

Once a 550-acre hemp plantation, six miles from Louisville on the Bardstown Pike, Farmington was home to the John Speed family and as many as 70 enslaved people.  The 1816 main house gracefully embodies the Federal style of architecture popular on the early Kentucky frontier. Farmington welcomed future president Abraham Lincoln for three weeks in 1841, the only extended time he spent on a plantation sharing the luxurious planter lifestyle.  Farmington opened as Louisville’s first historic site  museum in 1959 and continues to welcome you to visit and experience the agriculture and people of the early Kentucky Commonwealth.

Our Mission

To preserve and conserve Farmington’s historic structures, collections, and landscape; provide stories of the diverse people who contributed to local, regional, and national history, thereby cultivating an understanding of our shared past and present. 


Farmington is a window to the past and a gateway to the future that serves as a catalyst to understand our shared humanity.

We are open for tours! Hope to see you soon.

Donate to Farmington

While there are many ways to pursue an interest in Kentucky history, only Farmington offers an intimate view of a hemp plantation that played a key role in Lincoln’s decision to abolish slavery. By volunteering, supporting, or even working at Farmington you can help preserve the site and bring forward a key period of American history. Students, professionals, and retirees are welcome. Families of all sizes, shapes, and colors can visit the Speed family’s plantation: in person, virtually, and over time. Click here to view levels of support and activities:


3033 Bardstown Road
Louisville, Kentucky
United States



Tuesday - All tours must be pre-booked online
Wednesday - 10 am - 2 pm
Thursday - 10 am - 2 pm
Friday - 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday - 11 am - 1 pm
Tours begin promptly on the hour