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Farmington Historic Plantation

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Kentucky

3033 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205, USA

Website: www.farmingtonhistoricplantation.org

Completed in 1816, Farmington was the center of a 550 acre hemp plantation owned by the Speed family and sustained by nearly 60 slaves. The site explores the history of the family, the enslaved population, and the family's strong friendship with Abraham Lincoln. Tour the new Lincoln exhibits, the many outbuildings, and the recently restored historic home. Joshua Speed, son of John and Lucy Speed, befriended Abraham Lincoln while both young men were beginning their careers in Springfield, Ill., by offering him lodging. The two became close friends, and in 1841 Lincoln spent about three weeks at Farmington during a break in his relationship with Mary Todd. Joshua's brother, James, became Lincoln's Attorney General in his second administration.