Ben Johnson House (Bardstown, Kentucky)
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Johnson, Ben, House
|Architectural style||Greek Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||79001026 |
|Added to NRHP||July 16, 1979|
The Ben Johnson House is in the northern outskirts of Bardstown, Kentucky. It was built in 1851 in a Greek Revival style for state senator and lieutenant governor William Johnson. The house's name comes from William's son Ben Johnson, who was a state senator for two decades and was on the Kentucky High Commission for 16 years. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
When the Confederacy was deciding on a national flag, William's wife and Ben's mother Nancy was part of the committee that chose the Stars and Bars, and was first revealed to the public at the Johnson House in 1861 in front of 5,000 people.
For some time it was "The Mansion" bed and breakfast, but it has since stopped being a hostelry.
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