A Northern Kentucky historic landmark located in Ludlow recently entered the real estate market. Known as "Somerset Hall," the Greek Revival-style home was built in the 1840s by Louisiana plantation owner William Butler Kenner and his wife as a summer retreat.
The home was a stop on Ludlow's Beyond the Curb urban living tour in 2016. According to an article by WCPO
, the home was used as a Masonic Lodge for 70 years before Stephen and Paula Chapman renovated the space to be reconfigured as a residence again in 1997. The couple's daughter and daughter's husband Wes and Laura Dorger now own and live in the home with their children, and have made personalized updates throughout, blending old with new.
The 5 bedroom/2 bathroom home spans over 6,000 square feet and is built in a three-part composition, featuring 14-foot ceilings on the first floor to keep cool in the summertime. The home boasts the largest porch in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, according to Beyond the Curb
, with two symmetrical rear wings and an almost 120-foot colonnaded gallery on the backside of the home, facing a large backyard.
A historic plaque outside of the residence says the home also has both a dark link to slavery's past and a more positive spot in the history of the time: Kenner used to bring slaves with him to the home when he visited, some of which escaped to Ohio. It was also an alleged stop along the Underground Railroad while the home was vacant.
For more information, reach out to listing agent Joy Amann of Huff Realty at 859-409-9370, [email protected]
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