Join us for special programs throughout the year. Programs include the Presidents' Day Family Event in February, Cemetery Walking Tours in October, and Mrs. Lincoln's birthday commemoration in December.  Special topic tours are offered on a rotating basis and currently include Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s Favorite Things, Mrs. Lincoln’s Civil War, and Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln.

To join our email list or for further information on any program, please contact Gwen Thompson at or (859) 233-9999.                                                                  


Annual Meeting of Members

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5:30PM

Member only; Free

Members will meet at the Mary Todd Lincoln House to conduct the 47th annual business meeting of Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation. The agenda will include approval of the minutes of the 46th Annual Meeting, Treasurer’s Report, Executive Director’s Report, amendments to the By-Laws (click here to view), and elections to the Board of Directors (click here to view).  Social hour following from 6pm-7pm. To become a member or renew your membership call Gwen at 859-233-9999 or download and return the membership form.   


"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

Every Sunday in October at 2:30PM

Meet at the Henry Clay Monument in

Lexington Cemetery, 833 W. Main Street

$10 public; $5 for members

(Reservations recommended)

Enjoy the beauty of Lexington’s most famous cemetery on this guided walking tour. The "House Divided" tour features monuments and graves of the era, including the Todd family plot.  The tour includes both military persons and civilians, with an emphasis on the home-front. Offered at 2:30PM every Sunday afternoon in October (October 4, 11, 18 , & 25).  Lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Cost is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Admission is collected by the museum staff at the Henry Clay Monument at Lexington Cemetery located at 833 W. Main Street. Contact Gwen at (859) 233-9999.  Please do not contact the cemetery.


"Mary Todd Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy"

Thursday, October 13, 2015 at 6:15PM

McConnell Springs Education Center

416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY 40504

Free & no reservations required

Sophisticated and well-educated, Mary Todd Lincoln was well versed in politics and committed to her husband’s career. On the surface, her success in the White House seemed assured. Yet few women in American history have endured as much controversy and tragedy.

Gwen Thompson, director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House, will discuss the controversial aspects of Mrs. Lincoln's life as a part of the History To Chew On brown bag series at McConnell Springs. The program starts at 6:15pm on Thursday, October 13th. Free and open to the public. For further information on the speaker series held monthly, please contact McConnell Springs at 859-225-4073.

McConnell Springs is located off Old Frankfort Pike inside New Circle Road near downtown Lexington. From either direction on New Circle Road, take Old Frankfort Pike toward Lexington. Turn right on McConnell Springs Drive (directly across from the Fire Training Center). Turn left at the dead-end onto Cahill Drive, then turn right on Rebmann Drive and enter The Springs parking lot.


"Mrs. Lincoln's Salon: Her Form Inclines to Stoutness"

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6PM

Parlor of the Mary Todd Lincoln House

$10 members; $20 public

(Reservations required)

While Mary Lincoln was First Lady, observers frequently commented on her clothing and appearance. The title of the salon "Her form inclines to stoutness" is a quote from an 1861 newspaper.  Salon guests will explore appearance and cultural expectations for women in the past and present.  Historical images and quotes about Mrs. Lincoln will be examined with costume historian and EKU professor Dr. Diane Leggett.. The salon series is inspired by Mrs. Lincoln’s Blue Room Salons.  At these intimate White House gatherings, politicians and friends joined the First Lady to discuss current events, literature, and local gossip.Limited to 15 guests.


"Mrs. Lincoln's Favorite Things " Tour

Time TBD

Sunday, December 13, 2015

$15 individuals, $13 group rate (4+); $10 members

(Reservations required)

Commemorate Mrs. Lincoln’s 197th birthday with the special topic tour Mrs. Lincoln’s Favorite Things. This light-hearted, guided tour explores her varied tastes-- from fashion to French. Light refreshments, including her famous white cake, will complete the tour.  Lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Reservations required. Admission $15 for individuals, $13 per person with a group of four or more, and $10 per person for members and their guests.  Recommended  for ages 12 and up. Call 859-233-9999 for reservations.


March 15 - Nov. 30

Mon. - Sat. (closed Sun.)

Tours hourly 10AM - 3PM

Museum closes at 4PM


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.


KMPF was founded in 1968 to protect the unique history of Kentucky.


How to locate the Mary Todd Lincoln house in Lexington, Kentucky from the surrounding interstates.