Richmond: White Hall


July 31, 2015

One year ago today I was driving cross country from Kansas to Kentucky. So today I’m celebrating with a short road trip south to the historic home of Cassius Marcellus Clay (“emancipationist, politician, newspaper publisher, Ambassador to Russia, and friend to Abraham Lincoln.”)

White Hall State Historic Site, 8 miles north of Richmond.  Beautiful.


Home of Cassius Marcellus Clay. Built in the Georgian style as Clermont Mansion in 1798 by his father, General Green Clay, and enlarged and remodeled as an Italianate mansion in the 1860s, when it was renamed White Hall.


purdy logoAn important part of any road trip is scouting out the best local coffee shops. 🙂 Purdy’s Coffee Co. has won awards for its historic renovation of an 1884 building on Main Street in Richmond. Purdy’s Coffee Co.

Good music at the coffee shop.   Boy With A Coin (Iron & Wine)



Flower garden at White Hall Mansion.

The old stone kitchen and other dependencies.

Another one of the outbuildings at White Hall.–possibly a harness shop or for storage of grain or lumber.

Originally a corn crib on the White Hall estate, possibly also with stalls for mules. Now the gift shop.

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