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Tour 6 - Downtown History

The Mary Todd Lincoln House, located on West Main Street in downtown Lexington, Kentucky was the family home of the future wife of the 16th President. In 1977, the childhood home opened to the public and became the first house museum in America to honor a First Lady. This two-story brick, late Georgian house with its stone water table and belt course was built in 1803-1806 as an inn by William Palmateer. See original Todd and Lincoln family pieces throughout the house.

The Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. is a unique stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as being one of the few joint brewing and distilling operations in the world. The site is home to Town Branch Distillery and Alltech’s Lexington Brewery; the oldest craft brewery in Lexington. Founder and President Dr. Pearse Lyons acquired the 200-year-old Lexington Brewing Company in 1999 and resurrected the Lexington brewing and distilling tradition that dates back to 1794. Enjoy touring the dual operations of the popular Town Branch Bourbon and the Kentucky Ale beer.

Jonathan Coleman, the Know-It-All of Lexington, takes you on a theatrical, guided walking tour of downtown Lexington. In his "Spirits! Scandals! Sordid Secrets!” tour of downtown, get the inside scoop about the “wicked city” including tales of duelists, gamblers, and ladies-of-ill-repute who once walked the streets. Along the way, take part in the Mural Challenge and Lexington Scavenger Hunt. The secrets of Lexington are yours to uncover!
Town Branch Trail is a proposed ‘shared-use’ greenway trail, for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting downtown Lexington with its world-famous equine landscape through neighborhoods, parks, and historic sites as it follows the westward course of Town Branch Creek, along whose banks Lexington was founded in 1779. The trail is a significant component of Lexington’s Greenway Masterplan, Downtown Masterplan, Downtown Streetscape Plan, and Newtown Pike Extension, to transform urban areas along the historic creek into a landscape trail promoting recreation, commuting, the environment, tourism, and economic development.
Town Branch Trail Inc.,  working with Lexington and the county government to raise funds, and with land donations, has three miles of trail in design and construction. Currently partnering with the Manchester Development Company to create miles of trail through Lexington’s historic Bourbon Distillery District via TIF financing. They are also working with RJ Corman Railroad Group to pursue opportunities to build trails along rail lines that run through some of the prettiest land in the Bluegrass.

Other Points of interests:
21c Museum Hotel - Free Art Gallery         167 W Main St (859-899-6800)
Gratz Park - Historical Park                           250 W 3rd St
Lexington Mural Challenge