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Jack Jouett House Historic Site

255 Craig's Creek Rd., Versailles, KY



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Upcoming Events

Elizabeth Rouse Fielder Book Signing

Community Event, Signing/Readings

The Jack Jouett House will open its tour season with a book signing by Elizabeth Rouse Fielder, author of a new book, Kentucky's Joseph C.S. Blackburn Soldier, Statesman and a Friend of All. The book is the story of Joseph C.S. Blackburn, a young lawyer who was graced by Lincoln’s help in Illinois, but who turned against Lincoln when he became a Confederate officer in the Civil War. He survived the war to continue his law practice in Arkansas and then Kentucky where he finally began his extensive political career. Fittingly, he concluded his life honoring President Lincoln. Blackburn’s political career began when he served in the Kentucky State House of Representatives from 1871-1875, the United States House of Representatives from 1875-1885, and the United States Senate, from 1885-1897 and 1901-1907. In total, he dedicated forty-seven years to political service, including eighteen as the U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Written by Blackburn’s great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rouse Fielder, Kentucky’s Joseph C.S. Blackburn, tells the story of one of the Commonwealth’s most important sons of the late 19th century, whose influence helped shaped America, including the development of the Panama Canal and the construction of the Lincoln Memorial. For more information about the book signing contact the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, 255 Craig's Creek Road, Versailles, KY at 859-873-7902,,


• Sat 3/30/19 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"Into the Bluegrass: Longrifles of the Kentucky Frontier"

Art Show, History/Science

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site in Versailles will host an exhibit of Kentucky-made longrifles and powder horns on Saturday, April 20. “Into the Bluegrass: Longrifles of the Kentucky Frontier” will feature a variety of guns made by Central Kentucky artisans in the late 18th and early 19th century from two private collections. “Central Kentucky in the early 19th century was a cosmopolitan region,” said Mel Stewart Hankla, noted researcher, lecturer and exhibitor of Kentucky longrifles. “The silver, furniture, and art produced by Central Kentucky artisans rivaled that produced in Boston, Philadelphia and New York. The same is true of the artistry of Kentucky longrifles and powder horns.” While rifles and their accessory powder horns were a necessity and not a luxury in frontier Kentucky, their makers nevertheless produced artistic guns with beautiful engraving and flawless wood-working. The Lexington rifle was uniquely Kentucky, with distinctive patchboxes and trigger guards of exquisite design. The exhibit will also feature powder horns made by members of the Tansel family from Georgetown, Kentucky. The exhibit will be open in the Jack Jouett House from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At 1 p.m., Mel Stewart Hankla will give a presentation on the collection in the Visitor’s Center. Space is limited, so tickets to the exhibit and program are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $5.00 per person, cash, check or PayPal only. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Jack Jouett House Historic Site at 859-873-7902, or in person at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located at 255 Craig’s Creek Road, Versailles, KY 40383. Additional information is at or at Jack Jouett House Historic Site on Facebook. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is operated by Woodford County Fiscal Court, in cooperation with the Woodford County Heritage Committee.


• Sat 4/20/19 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM