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    On a crisp, fall day, apple-bobbing, pumpkin painting and freshly baked donuts bring families and friends together at the Farmington Harvest Festival, for a fun filled day reliving the 1800s.

    Farmington is pleased to announce that the opening day for "Three Weeks at Farmington: Abraham Lincoln 1841" will take place in conjunction with the annual Harvest Festival (see detailed listings at end of press release).

    In the summer of 1841 Joshua Speed invited his best friend Abraham Lincoln to his family home. The re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s arrival to Farmington will be the signature event of the day. What must the humble Lincoln have thought as he arrived on the 550 acre hemp plantation? Come and experience dramatic re-enactments of Abraham Lincoln’s interaction with the Speed family, and the nearly 60 enslaved African Americans that lived and worked on the plantation.

    This year’s festival will be held Sunday, October 12, 2008 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, at Farmington, 3033 Bardstown Road. The Farmington Harvest Festival is a full day of family activities, live music, favorite foods, crafts, numerous historical re-enactments, historic demonstrations and more, including the chance to take part in an archaeological project that uncovers Kentucky’s past. Admission is free, with charges for food and some activities. The Farmington Harvest Festival is a Week in the Highlands event.

    To commemorate the Lincoln Bicentennial, the following three weeks, Farmington will host a series of programs that focus on Lincoln’s visit and cultural and social issues that were facing Louisville in 1841. The series, Three Weeks at Farmington, will include a wide array of programs about the history of Louisville, the Speed family, the complex issues of slavery, and 1841 architecture. For more details about these programs below please visit our website at

    Activities include:

    · New this year, a dramatic re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s 1841 arrival to the plantation, with carriages, older and younger Lincoln, and other vignettes throughout the property interpreting life at Farmington

    · Krispy Kreme® Doughnut Dipping Station

    · Old-fashioned games and activities for children including candle dipping, sack races, cornhole, quill-pen writing, pumpkin painting and apple bobbing

    · Traditional craft demonstrations, including flax breaking, blacksmithing, rug hooking, tatting, chair and shoe making

    · Participatory archaeology program and storytelling by Nana Yaa

    · An open-hearth cooking demonstration, free tours of the 1815 museum house

    · Food, beverages and crafts for sale, as well as the Made from Scratch Homemade Apple Pie Baking Contest (call Farmington for details on how to enter)

    · Costumed re-enactors interpreting Farmington residents’ life in the 1830s

    The Farmington Harvest Festival is an annual Week in the Highlands event held at the Farmington historic home owned by Kentucky’s Speed family.


    *October 14 - Setting the Scene:

    Dr. John Kleber will discuss local, state, and national issues that faced Louisville and the Union in 1841. Participants will have the opportunity to view the new exhibit "Lincoln and Farmington: An Enduring Friendship." A panel discussion will take place including: Kathy Nichols-Curator of Farmington’s exhibit, Andrea Saylor- Executive Director of Farmington, Pen Bogert-Historian, and Lori Stahlgren-Archaeologist.

    Location: Farmington


    Ticket Price-$ 25.00 (Box Lunch Included)

    Reservations required

    *October 18 - In Lincoln’s Footprints 1841:


    Bus tour of Louisville lead by Historian Carolyn Brooks. Tour will highlight historic sites that Abraham Lincoln may have passed down historic Bardstown Turnpike. Highlights on the tour include: the George Hikes Jr. House (1824), the Samuel Bray House (c. 1800), Christ Church Cathedral (1824), James Milner Office/Howard-Hardy House (c. 1830), and Hayfield (c. 1830s). The day will start at Farmington with a lecture by Mary Jean Kinsman discussing architectural aspects of Louisville in 1841.

    Location: Farmington


    Ticket Price-$ 45 (Box Lunch Included)

    Reservations required

    *October 18 - African American Genealogy Workshop:

    Have you ever wondered about your family’s genealogy? This workshop, in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library, will explore available resources to research your family tree. Representatives from the Louisville Free Public Library, University of Louisville Archives, and Louisville Metro Archives, and other organizations will be present. Walter Hutchins, Cassandra Sea, and Juanita White will discuss their research into their own family’s history.

    2:00-3:30 Joe Hardesty will lead a session at the Computer Learning Center exploring print, microfilm, and online resources. This smaller session is limited to 15 participants

    Location: Main Branch, Louisville Free Public Library, Centennial Room


    Ticket Price- FREE

    Reservations required

    *October 23 - James Speed: Lincoln’s Last Attorney General:

    Historian Jennie Cole will present a lecture on James Speed’s role as Lincoln’s last Attorney General. Following the lecture panelists will explore the history of the Office of Attorney General and how the office has evolved. Panelists include: Dr. Thomas Mackey, University of Louisville, Honorable Frederic J. Cowan, and Attorney Richard Clay. The program is co-sponsored by Farmington Historic Plantation, Louisville Bar Association, and the Filson Historical Society.

    Location: Filson Historical Society


    Suggested Donation $5

    Reservations required




    *October 25 - Slavery in the Ohio River Valley in the 19th Century:


    This regional bus tour will explore the institution of slavery in the Ohio River Valley, and the history of the Underground Railroad in the area. The tour will include stops at Farmington Historic Plantation, Portland Wharf Park, Squire Erick House in Portland, 2nd Baptist Church in New Albany, and the Carnegie Center for Art and History. Key participants will include: Historian Pam Peters, historian Pen Bogert, and Dr. Blaine Hudson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Louisville.

    Location: Farmington

    Walking Required on Tour


    Ticket Price-$ 45 (Box Lunch Included)

    Reservations required

    *October 26 - Parallel Lives: Farmington and Oxmoor Sisters:


    Farmington will present a short play exploring the impact of two events, a fire at Farmington and Abraham Lincoln’s 1841 visit to the plantation, from the perspective of sisters Lucy Fry Speed and Mildred Fry Bullitt. Two enslaved sisters, Phillis Thurston, from Farmington, and Jinnie, who lived at Oxmoor, describe the events from the cabins behind the main house. The script was written by actress and playwright Erma Bush. An afternoon tea will follow in Farmington’s Carriage House.

    Location: Farmington


    Ticket Price-$ 30 (Afternoon Tea Included)

    Reservations required

    **Abraham Lincoln: Three Weeks at Farmington 1841 Program Package Ticket Price- $125

    To purchase tickets to any or all of these events please call 452-9920 or email

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