Free tours of the house and The Cunningham Garden are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. Donations are welcomed.
About the Brown-Pusey House
The Brown-Pusey House built in 1825 by John Y. Hill was home for he and his wife, Rebecca. This warm and stately old home was for many years the Hill House, a boarding house operated by "Aunt Beck" Hill. Among the guests at the Hill House were General George Armstrong Custer and his wife Elizabeth. General Custer's assignment in Elizabethtown was to combat the influence of the Ku Klux Klan and the illegal distilleries.
Other notable visitors to the Hill House were the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, who sang on the front steps, and General John Hunt Morgan of the Confederate Army who dined at the Hill House on several occasions. In 1923, the Brown-Pusey House was restored and given to the community by Dr. William Allen Pusey and Dr. Alfred Brown Pusey (great-nephews of "Aunt Beck") as well as Mrs. Sallie Cunningham Pusey and the related Hastings family.
The Brown-Pusey House serves the community in many ways, as envisioned by its grantors. This Georgian mansion houses the Pusey Room Museum, a genealogical library, and meeting rooms for private and public functions. There is also a beautifully maintained garden for the public to enjoy.
July 11th, Second Saturday.
The Brown-Pusey House will sponsor the Kentucky History Mobile.
The current exhibit is entitled: Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians and the Civil War Era. This was a tough time for Kentucky families who often had soldiers on both sides of the war.
The exhibit includes graphic artwork, touch-screen activities, historical artifacts such as belt buckles, a silk sash and a replica of an officer's sword. This is a learning experience for scholars of all ages.
The 45-foot trailer will be parked in the Cherry lot next to the Brown-Pusey House from 2-8pm. It is free and open to the public. Shops will be open from 5-8pm for regular Second Saturday activities. Call 270-765-2515 for more information.