"The Old Capitol Building" Frankfort Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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  The Old Capitol
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  • The Old Capitol - Frankfort
      The Old Capitol
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  • The top of the marble staircase - Frankfort
      The top of the marble staircase
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      A Gatling gun from the Spanish-American War
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Built in 1830, this building is the only state capitol taken by the Confederates during the Civil War. It is now operated by the Kentucky Historical Society. Of particular interest is the Greek revival staircase, held together by its own weight. This building, designed by Lexington architect Gideon Shryock, introduced the Greek Revival style in Kentucky.

When I visited in 1998, it had an exhibit commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish-American War of a century earlier.

Directions: At Broadway and Lewis Streets, in the center of Frankfort.
Phone: 502) 564-1792
Website: http://www.history.ky.gov

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