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ROSE HILL INN HISTORY
1823 Historic Rose Hill Inn

   

Rose Hill was built about 1823 as the residence of Dr. William Terrell, by Henry Crittenden. Henry Crittenden was the brother of John Crittenden, one the governors of Kentucky in the 1840's. Henry’s son became the governor of the State of Missouri. They were a political family, raised here in Woodford County in a log cabin, which is preserved by the Historical Society.

   

The home was originally called "Rose Hill", and is the oldest home in the Historical District. The original structure was a federal style home, but many changes occurred in the 1880's to make it as it appears today.

We have found dated signatures under the wallpaper, which were photographed and traced, from many of the past residents of the house. 

The first occupants were the Terrell family, who originated in Virginia and moved to Kentucky in 1807. They were a large slave owing family. It is reported that both North and South occupied the grounds during the Civil War. Blood stains, which were discovered when the floors were refinished, testify to the use of the home as a hospital for the wounded. We have a cabinet which contains our collectible artifacts found on the property.

 

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old photo of the house with original porch

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one of the signatures under wallpaper

Lexington Kentucky Bed and Breakfast After the Civil War the house was rented to the principal of a girls school, and some of the students actually resided here as well. In 1877 the home was purchased as a wedding gift for Lucie Graddy by her parents. She married E. M. Wallace, a local lawyer and is responsible for turning the house from a 1.5 story federal design to a full 2 story gothic-style home..

Lucie Wallace then deeded the home to Dr. George Gregory for $1 because of his excellent care for her in her later years. His family took possession in 1945.

It first became a bed and breakfast in 1992 after much refurbishing by Mark and Kathy Miller. Sharon Amberg and Emiel Domis purchased the Inn  in 1996, did some more remodeling and updating.  The Inn has been updated annually.  The current innkeepers Alder and Gill Blackburn became owners in 2007 and plan to run the Inn without making too many changes to its Victorian appearance and ambiance.

 

 

"I'm glad to see that the Rose Hill House is being taken care of! I have many a memory in that ol' house, as Dr. George H. Gregory was my uncle on my father's side. I spent many a Christmas, and summer in the house. Thanks again."            George Stephen Gregory

 

 

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1823 Historic Rose Hill Inn 

Bed and Breakfast
233 Rose Hill ~ Versailles, Kentucky (KY) 40383
Telephone: 859-873-5957 ~ or ~ Toll Free: 800-307-0460
Fax: 859-873-1813
Email: Innkeepers@rosehillinn.com
Website: www.rosehillinn.com