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The Historic Bashford Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn & Hotel Retreat


2227 Bashford Manor Lane, Louisville, KY   502.295.9005

History Timeline

  • 1779-1783: Major Samuel E. Bray survey's area one year after George Rogers Clark founds first settlement at the Ohio River: Corn Island
  • 1796: Original section built by Major Bray & wife, Nancy Lyle Bray
  • 1810: Front Federal-style Addition reorients house to Bardstown Pike
  • 1820: Major Bray serves in Ky Legislature. The Bray family enjoys new close neighbors with the Speed and Hikes families, sharing events and signing/witnessing each others' legal papers.
  • 1841: Lincoln visits the Speed family at neighboring Farmington after initial engagement breakup with Mary Todd. Neighbors bring Lincoln here on social calls.

  • 1862, September 28-Oct 2: Civil War Union camp to defend Louisville; left tree carvings;  Oct 2: 60,000 Troops march out Bardstown Pike, destined for Ky's deadliest battle at Perryville.
  • 1888-1950s: Scoggan Horse Farm, raising thoroughbred horses; Proctor Knott, the 2 year old "best bred horse in North America" won the First Futurity

  • 1889: Derby favorite, ‘Proctor Knott’; with 2:1 odds enters Churchill Downs in most anticipated and biggest crowd for a Derby to date

Jesse James’ brother, Frank, inspects horses (+ jockeys); stays here; bets $5000 to win on 10:1 odds Spokane, who has the inside rail, Proctor Knott on outside rail looses by a nose. Churchill Downs bet on Spokane. Frank won $55k; became manager of New Orleans track.

See 'The James Gang' at the Frazier History Museum: www,fraziermuseum.org

  • 1893: Derby Winner ‘Lookout
  • 1946-1977: Parcels sold by Scoggan-Jones family

  • 1977-96: Modys Family
  • 1980: National Register of Historic Places (C-J: 12/7/1980 & 7/14/83 & 9/14/83)
  • 1996: Bellarmine Showcase (C-J:4/8/07)
  • 2007: C. Cooke purchase; (C-J:11/21/07) Bed & Breakfast Inn & Hotel Retreat plans
  • 2008: Bed & Breakfast Inn & Hotel Retreat opens;green sustainable energy practice; Sponsor Green Events
  • 2009: Plaque placed by Daughters of American Colonists
  • 2010 Jan 17 Louisville Historic Preservation Award & green addition
  • 2010 June 12 Union ReUnion Festival: Civil War Encampment Plaque placed by Daughters of the Union; Winter: green-sensitive garage renovation to gambrel carriage house.