Adsmore, Kentucky's only living house museum, is the most significant of Princeton's
nostalgic opportunities. It's been said that, when you pass through the doors of
Adsmore, it is incredibly easy to leave the present behind and step back into an era of
top hats, gramophones, lavender scented sheets, straw bonnets with wide ribbons and silk
roses. Adsmore has been meticulously restored to reflect the lifestyle of an affluent
family at the turn of the century.
Even thought the furnishings remain the same throughout the year, accents change with the
season. During the summer, the decor depicts the scene of a southern wedding; in the fall,
the atmosphere will focus on autumn that is followed by scenes displaying the Christmas
spirit, followed by a winter motif and culminates with the commemoration of Easter.
An antebellum merchant, John Higgins, began it all around 1854, when he built Adsmore's
basic structure. Over the next century there have been numerous additions and renovations
resulting in the fabled reason the mansion was named Adsmore.
Adsmore's last resident, Katherine Garrett, made it her home until her death in 1984.
She bequeathed the Adsmore estate and all of its elaborate furnishings to be restored and
maintained as a museum that could be appreciated and enjoyed by the public.
Prior to opening in December 1986, the structure and its original furnishings were
completely restored, right down to the exquisite draperies and beautiful brass cornices.
Handcrafted furniture, precious collections of mirrors, oil paintings, and a significant
collection of early American, English, and Continental clocks have been restored to their
original splendor. The furnishings of Adsmore are really a dream come true to all those
who appreciate the material treasures of life.
Since its opening, thousand of visitors from all fifty states and four continents have
toured the estate and viewed its treasures. Adsmore's four acre estate is located only
one block to the north of historic downtown Princeton. It is open to the public Tuesday
through Sunday, the year round except for New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free to
children under eleven and two dollars for adults.
Come enjoy the home, not only for its architectural charm, but for its past with a
presence that changes with the seasons of the year.