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Frankfort, Kentucky

There’s no denying that Frankfort, Kentucky is a city filled with spectacular history.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the city is the multitude of historic homes and buildings. For example, Berry Hill Mansion, built in the 1900’s is your quintessential Georgian Revival mansion.

It’s located on the top of a hill overlooking the state capitol, and students will be captivated by the gorgeous music room done up in true gothic revival style. That room alone took two years to complete.

For a look into the history of Frankfort, visit the Liberty Hall Historic Site. The site is the original home of Kentucky’s first Senator and contains over four decades of antique furnishings and decorations.

Of course, there’s no shortage of museums and other cultural/historical areas of significance, either.

The Capital City Museum resides in a 150 year old building, the remainder of a hotel that burned down in 1917. The museum offers students a comprehensive look into the astonishing political history of Kentucky over the years, with plenty exhibits, photographs and documents commemorating the past.

Students shouldn’t miss a chance to visit Daniel Boone’s gravesite in the Frankfort Cemetery, which also houses the final resting places of several other well-known personalities including authors, artists, and Kentucky governors.

For a lesson in military history, stop by the Kentucky Military History Museum. Students will get to view extensive collections of firearms, edged weapons and other military artifacts. The museum is open to both self-guided and guided tours, but guided tours must be reserved in advance.

If you’re interested in a truly in-depth historical experience, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History will offer you an enriching 90-minute tour of several significant historic sites.

This walking tour will allow students to explore various places of interest, including various building and historic sites. You’ll learn all about the rich cultural and historical events that took place to shape Frankfort and Kentucky itself into what it is today.

For a taste of the outdoors, visit the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. Students will immerse themselves in the great outdoors while meandering along several hiking and walking trails; appreciating the diverse selection of animals and enjoying wildflowers in bloom.

BridgeAnother interesting area of interest within Frankfort is the Switzer covered bridge which, according to their website, is “The only example of a Howe Trussed bridge in the state of Kentucky.” The bridge was recently restored due to flood damage, and offers a peaceful setting to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Students will thoroughly enjoy an educational trip to Frankfort, Kentucky. Combining both education and enjoyment, the various activities, events and attractions that make up the history of Frankfort should not be missed.

It’s clear from the variety of historic homes, building and sites that Frankfort and the state of Kentucky itself is a city and state rich with cultural and historical importance.

Each museum, home, or area of interest takes great pains in commemorating the important events that shaped the city into its current state - and each activity does a fantastic job at proving how wonderful Frankfort truly is.