You must be talking about the Phillips’ Folly house located in Maysville, KY. Built in 1825 for Maysville Mayor, Mr. William B. Phillips, this home was at one point the largest home in the town. The name, however, did not come until several years later when William Phillips ran out of money to complete the house, earning the “folly” part in the Phillips’ Folly house. After disappearing for a number of years, Phillips returned in 1931 to finish the house and eventually sell it.
During its early years with its new owner, the Armstrong Family, the Phillips’ Folly house became an important element of the Underground Railroad, acting as a stop for slaves. It is said that many years later in the 1900s, this house also became a favorite spot during the prohibition era as an outlet for drinking. Its history doesn’t stop there though. In 2011, the Phillips Folly house was featured on the Travel Channel, exploring what exactly earned this house such a special spot in Kentucky history.
Today, the Phillips’ Folly house remains standing and is currently listed for sale. Maysville, which is located in Northern Kentucky on the Ohio River, is also a part of the Bourbon Trail. Its central location between Cincinnati, Lexington, and Louisville make it easily accessible and only a 1-2 hour drive. With its combination of both Federal and Greek revival aspects into is architecture, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and its rich role in history, the Phillips’ Folly house is not only an exquisite home but also has immense potential as a bed and breakfast or an event venue. It has been updated and transformed without damaging its historical aspects and old-timey feel, making it an easy and smooth transition into one of the many possibilities for this home.
Though growing in size and popularity, Maysville offers a charming, small-town feeling that you can’t beat. The historical significance of Maysville has become the heart of the town’s personality and you will find bits of history scattered all throughout it. Established in 1787, Maysville took major performance in The American Revolution, The Underground Railroad, Prohibition, and much more. Some famous attractions of Maysville include The Kentucky Gateway Museum, The National Underground Railroad Museum, and The Old Pogue Distillery. This Northern Kentucky town has also become a popular wedding destination, referred to as “Marry Me in Maysville”, due to its gorgeous scenery and historical architecture. Whether you are a history buff or simply enjoy pleasant, small-town vibes, Maysville is a wonderful place to settle down.
Old Pogue Distillery
If the history alone of the Phillips Folly house isn’t enough, maybe living within minutes of Old Pogue Distillery is. As the first distillery to join the Bourbon trail, Old Pogue dates back to 1876. What started as a mixture of Indian Corn and Limestone Water, has now turned into a time-honored, bourbon-making tradition that made the Pogue Distillery stand out amongst the rest. Enjoy an afternoon stroll down to the Pogue Distillery for a complimentary tour held Thursday-Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and yes, Bourbon Tasting is included.
Cummins Nature Preserve
Looking to get out and get your nature fix? Cummins Nature Preserve is only an eight-minute drive away. Throughout the 100 acres of preserve, you will find numerous trails, camping areas, wildlife education, and ponds for fishing. Another bonus, it’s pet-friendly!
National Underground Railroad Museum
As mentioned previously, Maysville, Kentucky served a large role throughout the 19th century. One of the most historic houses in Maysville still stands today. The National Underground Railroad Museum is located off of West Fourth Street in the Bierbower house. The Bierbower house was originally marked as a “Safe House” in the 1860s, helping to conceal runaway slaves on their way to freedom. Here, you can not only tour the house but also view many artifacts dating back to the 1800s. Tickets to tour this house are $5 or under per person.
Downtown Historic District
Want more history? Maysville’s Downtown Historic District is the oldest part of town and was recognized by the National Main Street Program in 1982. While the Historic District has dozens of historically significant buildings, here are some of the most popular attractions; The French Quarter, Kentucky Gateway Museum, and The Cox Building.
Looking to host an event or maybe just grab a cup of coffee? Head over to East 2nd Street and check out the Parc Cafe. This cafe opened in April of 2014 and is located right on the Ohio River. Parc Cafe offers coffee, wine, food, and events. They also offer vegan and vegetarian options!
227 Sutton Street, Maysville, KY 41056 (Phillips’ Folly House) is currently on the market Co-Listed by The Lane Team at Keller Williams Bluegrass and The Property Hunters at Keller Williams Greater Lexington. This property is priced at $599,000. For more information please call Meredith Lane at 859-539-9169, The Lane Team office at 859-519-3113 or Marty Hunter at 606-748-3806.