Friday, July 7, 2017

Kentucky State Capitol

We picked a pretty good day to go see the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfurt KY.  We are staying at Whispering Hills, RV park in Georgetown KY.

We packed a lunch and left at a leisurely time and arrived about 10:00 AM.  The building sits on a hill overlooking the city in the distance.  This is the fourth and now permanent capitol building.

The dome reaches out atop the stately building which has 70 columns surrounding the building. The commonwealth of Kentucky began with statehood in 1792.  Workers broke ground in 1904 and legislators held the first session in 1910.

The exterior of the building is over 400 feet long and 180 feet wide.
Inside, we met the receptionist and assistant who gave us some details about the walking tour and information on what to see on each of the three floors.
The first think one sees entering the rotunda is a statue of Abraham Lincoln who was born in Kentucky.
Looking upward, the beautiful dome with light shining through some areas giving it different colors.
The dome is 180 feet above the rotunda floor.

Another statute:  Henry Clay - Kentucky's most celebrated 19th century statesman and favorite son. I was looking for a little more information about him and the other two statues.  Each was inscribed with names and dates.
There were two other statues in the rotunda: one of Jefferson Davis and one of Harry S. Truman's VP - Ephraim McDowell.

The building was a contrast.  Outside, it looks a little plain though it has a good look to it.  Inside, things change completely.  It is magnificent and open and regal. It reminds me of a smaller and version of the majestic capitols in Utah and Texas.

Looking up the steps to the Senate from the east on the second floor.

This is the State Reception Room.  We were told the governor often signs bills and holds important meetings in this beautiful setting.

The House of Representatives chambers.
Looking into the House of Representatives - the mat depicts the state seal and the state motto: "United we stand, divided we fall."

After our self guided tour, we drove downtown to see the old capitol and to find the replica of the Liberty Bell.  It separate from the main capitol grounds but downtown near the historical grounds

In the back of the Kentucky History Center, we found the bell and its platform.  Kind of out of the way with not much information about what it was and why it was here.

Next to the garden is the old governor's mansion.

After finding the bell, we drove over near the entrance to the Old State Capitol and had a picnic lunch as light rain fell.  Still it was a great day to visit another state capital.  We learned a lot and had a nice time.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Every time we've been through Kentucky we say that we have to make a point of spending more time there. Now that we have friends who moved near Lexington, we hope to do exactly that this coming November.

    1. We see places all the time and say, "We need to come back and spend more time here...". I will look forward to your posts when you visit your friends.

  2. We stayed at that campground this past Fall. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Lexington area.

    1. Lexington is a great place and we're glad we were able to visit.

  3. Thanks for your review of our State Capitol and surround area...I have been there several times, but always happy to get someone else's take on it, just to make me sure that I am not biased. I live about 100 miles west..enjoy following your travels.

    1. Thanks for the note - yes it is interesting and well done. I was surprised about the influence of Versailles and the gardens throughout the property. Very nice.

  4. We love road trips! Such an interesting trip you had!