Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is maintained and operated by the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc.


The purpose and major activity of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc., shall be to recognize and assist in rescue, renovation and preservation efforts for historic structures and sites throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to provide educational opportunities for the membership and the general public on preservation and Kentucky history, and to provide management, maintenance and support for the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky.


Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization, was founded in 1968 to protect and promote the unique history of the Bluegrass state. Founded by Mrs. Beula C. Nunn, the wife of former governor Louie B. Nunn, the Foundation’s initial project was the much needed renovation and refurbishment of the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. Concerned citizens from private and public sectors assisted in raising funds for the renovation.

KMPF’s second project was the restoration and preservation of White Hall in Madison County, former home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, early abolitionist, legislator and Ambassador to Russia for President Abraham Lincoln. White Hall has since become a State Historic Shrine maintained by the State Parks Department.

The once dilapidated, childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln in Lexington was restored, refurbished to period and opened to the public in 1977. Also in Lexington, the law office of Statesman Henry Clay was preserved with foundation assistance. Parker Place, a portion of which is believed to be the former home of Mary Todd Lincoln’s maternal grandmother, was also renovated and served for a time as headquarters for the Foundation. White Hall, Henry Clay’s Law Office and the Mary Todd Lincoln House are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For over thirty-five years KMPF has offered people from all over the world the opportunity to visit Kentucky and explore our rich heritage as well as the importance of preserving Kentucky’s historic sites. KMPF relies solely upon admissions, museum store sales, membership dues, donations and grants to maintain the Mary Todd Lincoln House and to fund the Foundation and its projects.


March 15 - Nov. 30

Mon. - Sat. (closed Sun.)

Tours hourly 10AM - 3PM

Museum closes 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 for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of Kentucky’s historic properties.


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