Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms

The iconic white fences of Calumet Farm.

The iconic white fences of Calumet Farm.

Photographer Pieter Estersohn.

Photographer Pieter Estersohn.

Published by The Monacelli Press, the book is $60.00.

Published by The Monacelli Press, the book is $60.00.

The oldest sections of Marylou Whitney’s Maple Hill date to 1796.

The oldest sections of Marylou Whitney’s Maple Hill date to 1796.

A portrait of Whitney hangs above the fireplace at Maple Hill.

A portrait of Whitney hangs above the fireplace at Maple Hill.

The pool at Maple Hill has a glazed roof and opens to the outdoors.

The pool at Maple Hill has a glazed roof and opens to the outdoors.

The 1700's limestone Simpson Farm.

The 1700's limestone Simpson Farm.

The kitchen at Simpson Farm.

The kitchen at Simpson Farm.

Ward Hall was the summer home of a Mississippi planter.

Ward Hall was the summer home of a Mississippi planter.

The double-elliptical stairway of Ward Hall, a majestic mansion built in 1853.

The double-elliptical stairway of Ward Hall, a majestic mansion built in 1853.

Waveland sits on land said to have been surveyed by Daniel Boone for his nephew.

Waveland sits on land said to have been surveyed by Daniel Boone for his nephew.

Ashland was built by Senator and statesman Henry Clay.

Ashland was built by Senator and statesman Henry Clay.

The drawing room at Ashland.

The drawing room at Ashland.

Ashland's colonial revival gardens.

Ashland's colonial revival gardens.

Botherum was built in 1851 as a shrine to a beloved wife who died during childbirth.

Botherum was built in 1851 as a shrine to a beloved wife who died during childbirth.

The lush fields of Kentucky.

The lush fields of Kentucky.

1,500-acre Gainesway is one of the finest farms in Lexington.

1,500-acre Gainesway is one of the finest farms in Lexington.

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One of four circle barns at Gainesway.

The Iroquois Hunt began in 1880.

The Iroquois Hunt began in 1880.


Pre-eminent architectural and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn guides us through Bluegrass Country.
“I became enamored with the Bluegrass region while visiting great friends over the years.  For me the draw of the area was the intrinsic weaving together of architecture and horses, my two favorite subjects.  I’ve been riding since I was 5 and studying, renovating, and photographing historic dwellings forever, so the synthesis spoke to me in a very personal manner.” —Pieter Estersohn

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