History Of The Hiestand House
The stone house and detached kitchen were part of a plantation which included a spring house, meat house, distillery, log servant quarters, barns, and other outbuildings. Although the traditional German colors of red, blue, and green were used by the Hiestands to trim the house, the floor plan is Scot-Irish, demonstrating the cultural assimilation of Germans in a predominately Anglo-Irish setting. The house is an example of the best houses in the region in the settlement period of Kentucky.
Jacob Hiestand was born in York County, Pennsylvania, and married Eve Landis in Botetourt County, Virginia. After living in Highland County, Ohio, he moved to Kentucky about 1816 and built this home in 1823.
The Hiestand plantation eventually grew to over 1,000 acres. Jacob Hiestand rejected his pacifist upbringing and became a colonel in the 99th Regiment of the Kentucky Militia Parents of ten children, Jacob and Eve Hiestand were bilingual, still able to read their German Bible.
Three of the Hiestand sons became physicians, as did one of the grandchildren, Dr. C.V. Hiestand, who practiced in Taylor County for 65 years. Another son served as postmaster and sheriff of early Campbellsville. A daughter, Araminta, married Joseph H. Chandler, attorney and state senator. They were living in the house when it was raided by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan. They continued to dwell there until 1873. During the next 100 years, the principal owners of the house were the Gilmore family.
Son of Jacob, Dr. Josiah Landis Hiestand laid out a town in Grayson County, Texas, first called Ann Eliza, but later known as Kentuckytown.
In 1988, the house was threatened by the development of Green River Plaza. The house and cemetery were moved one-half mile north to its present site and reconstructed.
The board and volunteers at the museum invite you to join the Friends of the Hiestand House - Taylor County Museum , our membership organization.
As a friend, you will receive:
- Free tour admission
- Two free guest passes for tour admission
- The knowledge that you are supporting a National Register Site
Donate to the Historic Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum. A significant part of the budget of the Museum comes from donations from individuals, businesses, corporations, and banks. We welcome donations at any time, either for general support, or targeted to a particular program.
Endowment – our endowment is invested, and only withdrawn for operational needs. The principal grows and supports the long-term existence of the site. The building of the Servant Quarters in 2010 somewhat depleted our endowment. Therefore, gifts at this time are especially valued and appreciated.
Volunteers are essential to the operation of the site. If you would like to be part of this vital volunteer corps, join us for the next two-hour orientation session. Whether your interests are gardening, history, or guiding, the Museum needs you!
Volunteers work with a leader in weeding, planting, and maintaining the flower beds. Volunteers can arrange to work at their convenience.
Guide for School Groups
School groups only have limited time at the site. Therefore, often the students need to be divided and moved through the facility in small groups. The docent on site needs help in parts of the Main House, Kitchen, and Servant Quarters.
To Volunteer - Call 270-465-8726