• All Museums

    • Toll Gate House

      Toll Gate House The Toll Gate House,  stop (1A) on the Tebbs Bend Driving Tour,  serves as a transportation museum showcasing photographs of Taylor County toll houses, toll keepers and some of the rates charged from as far back as the 1800’s. Open Thurs – Sun 9-5 PM EST

    • Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum

      Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum The Hiestand House- Taylor County Museum is an 1813 German stone house containing Taylor County history and antiques. It was one of many homes raided by General John Hunt Morgan during the Civil War. The museum features exquisite hand-tooled masonry work rarely equaled in 18th or 19th century American architecture. One of 12 German stone houses in Kentucky, the Jacob Hiestand House is a significant example of a federal style house. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, servant quarters and a spring house. A small admission is charged for guided tours. Open: Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday-Saturday Appointment Only Call 270.465.8726 Sunday-Monday Closed History of the Hiestand House The stone house and detached kitchen were part of a plantation which included a spring house, meat house, distillery, log servant quarters, barns, and other outbuildings. Although the traditional German colors of red, blue, and green were used by the Hiestands to trim the house, the floor plan is Scot-Irish, demonstrating the cultural assimilation of Germans in a predominately Anglo-Irish setting. The house is an example of the best houses in the region in the settlement period of Kentucky. Jacob Hiestand was born in York County, Pennsylvania, and married Eve Landis in Botetourt County, Virginia. After living in Highland County, Ohio, he moved to Kentucky about 1816 and built this home in 1823. The Hiestand plantation eventually grew to over 1,000 acres. Jacob Hiestand rejected his pacifist upbringing and became a colonel in the 99th Regiment of the Kentucky Militia Parents of ten children, Jacob and Eve Hiestand were bilingual, still able to read their German Bible. Three of the Hiestand sons became physicians, as did one of the grandchildren, Dr. C.V. Hiestand, who practiced in Taylor County for 65 years. Another son served as postmaster and sheriff of early read more

      1075 Campbellsville bypass
      (270) 789-4343
    • Atkinson-Griffin House Museum

      Atkinson-Griffin House Museum The Atkinson-Griffin House Museum is the last stop on the Tebbs Bend Battlefield driving tour. The 1840 Atkinson-Griffin House served as a Confederate hospital after the Battle of Tebbs Bend, where Confederate General John Hunt Morgan began his  raid into Indiana and Ohio on July 4, 1863. Visitors can view artifacts and map of the battle, a Tebbs Bend diorama, Confederate and Federal uniforms, Morgan’ s Men Exhibit featuring photographs of over 130 officers and men, Polk Life Exhibit, and other Civil war memorabilia. The blood stains of soldiers still remain in the floor of an upstairs bedroom. The Atkinson-Griffin House Museum can be viewed at the US Army Corp of Engineers Visitors Center at Green River Lake. Admission: Free Visitors Center and Museum Hours: Open year round. mid April to mid October, open Sunday thru Saturday 7:30 am-5 pm. mid Oct-mid April Monday thru Thursday 7:30 am-5 pm. , Friday 7:30 am-4 pm., closed Saturday and Sunday