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General John Hunt Morgan – Hunt-Morgan House – Lexington

The Hunt-Morgan House

© Becky Linhardt 2010

 Dashing military hero of the Civil War or horse-thieving scoundrel?  In his home town of Lexington, Kentucky, General John Hunt Morgan is remembered as a Southern gentleman, a member of the respected Hunt-Morgan family of central Kentucky. That’s not to say that stories of his legendary exploits didn’t shock a few of his fellow townsmen.

 The legends live on and are included with documented history at The Hunt-Morgan House, the ancestral home on Gratz Park near downtown.  The elegant 19th century Federal style mansion was saved from demolition and restored with many family heirlooms included. 

 Tours of the historic home focus on three famous men of the Hunt-Morgan family.  John Wesley Hunt, the family patriarch, invested in land and developed businesses in pioneer Kentucky becoming the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies. He built the house in 1814 for his very large family – six sons and six daughters. Many generations later, in 1933, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan received the Nobel Prize in Physiology.

 However, most visitors to the Hunt-Morgan House are drawn by the mystique of the most famous of the three men, General John Hunt Morgan.  His daring exploits with his band of “Morgan’s Raider’s” earned him the nickname, “Thunderbolt of the Confederacy.”  Tales of General John Hunt Morgan and his “Morgan’s Raiders” have retained legendary status in the Northern as well as Southern States.  His thousand mile raid in Indiana and Ohio in 1863 was the longest sustained cavalry raid of the Civil War. 

 His mother, Henrietta Hunt Morgan, lived in the house during the Civil War period.  One legend has it that her devoted son rode through the house on horseback seeking his mother’s kiss as he departed.  Federal troops that arrived in Lexington camped in Gratz Park, in front of the house, with the Union Army Headquarters set up in a house across the park within view of the house, almost daring General Morgan to return.

 Restored to its antebellum elegance using historic records and incorporating period furnishings as well as some owned by the family, the Hunt-Morgan House recreates the time when Lexington was known as “The Athens of the West” – before the Civil War.  Since many other neighborhood homes have been preserved, it’s a pleasant area to walk. The home is open only seasonally so check the web site for hours of operation.

The Hunt-Morgan House

859- 233-3290 or www.bluegrasstrust.org

 For information on accommodations and other nearby attractions contact the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 848-1224 or www.visitlex.com.

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