Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House was restored by Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit which continues to maintain and operate the historic site.
Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation (KMPF) is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization founded in 1968 under the leadership of Beula C. Nunn to protect the unique history of Kentucky. The Foundation’s initial project was the restoration of the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. The second project was the restoration of White Hall in Madison County. White Hall was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, emancipationist, legislator and Ambassador to Russia under Abraham Lincoln. White Hall was transferred to Kentucky State Parks after its restoration.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington was restored by KMPF and opened to the public as a museum in 1977. KMPF operates and maintains the Mary Todd Lincoln House through a unique arrangement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. At the request of KMPF, the state government declared eminent domain to secure the property from demolition. Immediately, a ninety-nine year lease agreement (created in 1975) gave KMPF responsibility for the original restoration and the continued operation and maintenance of the museum. As such, KMPF bears all of the financial responsibility of operating and maintaining the historic site and receives no regular government support. KMPF depends primarily on earned income from admissions, gift shop sales, and membership dues to preserve and operate the museum.
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.