White Hall (Richmond, Kentucky)

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White Hall
White Hall Mansion.jpg
White Hall in 2009
White Hall (Richmond, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
White Hall (Richmond, Kentucky)
Nearest city Richmond, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°49′58″N 84°21′8″W / 37.83278°N 84.35222°W / 37.83278; -84.35222Coordinates: 37°49′58″N 84°21′8″W / 37.83278°N 84.35222°W / 37.83278; -84.35222
Area 13.6 acres (5.5 ha)
Built 1798
Architect Gen. Green Clay; Thomas Lewinski
Architectural style Italianate, Georgian
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 71000352[1]
Added to NRHP March 11, 1971

White Hall was the Kentucky home of Cassius Marcellus Clay. He was an anti-slavery newspaper publisher, politician, soldier and Minister to Russia through the Lincoln, Johnson and Grant administrations. He published True American for nearly 25 years. His daughter, Laura Clay, was the first woman nominated for President by the Democratic Party.

This restored 44-room Italianate mansion was built in 1798-1799 and remodeled in the 1860s. This house was restored in 1971 under the leadership of Kentucky's First Lady Beula C. Nunn, with assistance of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation.[1] In addition to the heirloom and period furnishings, White Hall has many unique features for its day, including indoor plumbing and central heating. [2]

White Hall is located at 500 White Hall Shrine Road in Richmond, Kentucky. It is a state historic site and is open for tours Wednesday - Sunday, April 1 - October 31.

On April 12, 2011 White Hall was designated as a national historic site in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists, because of Clay's career as a publisher.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Dedicates White Hall as Historic Site in Journalism", Eastern Kentucky University

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