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2019 Tour Packages at the Oldham County History Center

$25  per person for each tour

Oldham County and the Underground Railroad

                 As a slave county that bordered the Ohio River, the chances for freedom were just a river crossing away. The Oldham County History Center has received 2 site designations from the National Park System National Underground Railroad Network.  Participants meet Delia Webster, an Underground Railroad Conductor or Hannah Abrams, enslaved at Hermitage Farm.  Tour comes with book on the Underground Railroad

Oldham County: Home of the Derby Pie, Derby Winner and Whiskey Jugs!

The famous derby pie now a trademark was created and served at Oldham County’s Melrose Inn that operated from 1940s through the mid-1970s.  The Melrose Inn was a tradition for many who stayed there to experience the Derby like a local.  Includes Derby highlights including film from the 1953 Kentucky Derby when Oldham County’s Dark Star beat Native Dancer.  Tour highlighting our colonial fireplace, tasty treats  and bread oven comes with cookbook “History by Food: Recipes and Stories from Oldham County Families” including the derby pie recipe.

Rob Morris, Freemasonry and The Order of the Eastern Star

LaGrange was the site of the Kentucky Masonic College, home to the Poet Laureate of Freemasonry for the 19th Century, Dr. Rob Morris.  Morris became famous for creating the Order of the Eastern Star in 1848– a Masonic organization that welcomed women into its rank.  Includes a walking tour in the historic district of LaGrange, featuring the Rob Morris home as well as the book,  “A Place in the Lodge:  Dr. Rob Morris, Freemasonry and The Order of the Eastern Star” by Oldham County History Center Director, Dr. Nancy Theiss  LaGrange is known as "the railroad town" because of trains that run down the middle of main street each day.


The Oldham County History Center, 106 N. Second Ave, LaGrange KY  40031  502.222.0826,


Email: info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org