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Historic Farm To Become Tourist Hub Near Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Beginning this spring, visitors will be able to sample Kentucky’s iconic horse, bourbon and culinary experiences in one place at a 700-acre horse farm near Louisville.

Owner Steve Wilson has announced plans to expand Hermitage Farm into a world-class agritourism destination, with plans for a new farm-to-fork restaurant featuring menu items grown in the on-site, five-acre garden, a country store stocked with local farm products and picnic lunches, specialty bourbon retail and tasting rooms, an art walk instillation and hayloft event space.

Visitors will also be able to dine inside renovated horse stalls.

Most of these updates plan to be open by next year’s Kentucky Derby, the first Saturday in May.

Current visitor experiences include a main house, built in 1835, which is available for tours, weddings and event rentals, and a recently renovated stud barn that gives visitors a look at the daily activities of Hermitage Thoroughbred operations and the sport of combined carriage driving, which Wilson actively competes in.

The stud barn houses a carriage gallery, complete with an 1882 era horse-drawn carriage used in the movie “Gone With the Wind.”