The Heart Of It All

Campbellsville-Taylor County KY

Hiestand House
Hodgenville Rd, Hwy 210
1075 Campbellsville Bypass
Campbellsville,KY 42718

Phone  270.789.4343

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday-Saturday Appointment Only
Call 270.465.8726


Adults $3.00
Seniors $2.00
Elementary Students    .50
All Other Students $1.00

Additional Information about the Jacob Hiestand Family:

Betty Gorin, author
Jacob Hiestand of York Co, PA, Jacob Hiestand of Highland Co, Ohio, and Jacob Hiestand of Taylor County, KY


Taylor County genealogical information :

Jeremy Johnson   270.789.2238
Debbie Gilpin       270.465.2862


Take I-65 south of Louisville to Exit 91 (Elizabethtown). Take Hwy 61 (Lincoln Pkway), a 4-lane road, to Hodgenville. Make no turns. At end of Pkway, turn right on Hwy 210 to Campbellsville.  After crossing the bridge over Trace Creek, look immediately to right for a stone house.  Ascend the hill and turn right into the entrance of the Hiestand House.

From US 68, Hwy 55 in Campbellsville, turn onto Hwy 210 at Stoplight #2 on Broadway. Go one mile, passing Walmart & Holiday Inn Express. Turn left into the entrance drive of the Hiestand House.



Exhibits On Display


Exhibits On Display 

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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

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.


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Volunteer Opportunities 

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!


Flower Gardens

Hiestand House Flower Beds

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













School Programs

Built in 1823, the Hiestand House is a unique setting for learning about the settlement period of Kentucky. Students can tour the house and grounds and learn about life in the 1830s and 1840s. A program can be adapted for the needs of your curriculum. Reservations are advised for groups. Call 789-4343 or 465-8726.

Cost:  .50 per elementary student; $1 per high school & college student.

Eating: One picnic table is available outdoors. In cases of severe inclement weather, we will try to arrange for indoor facilities at the Servant Quarters.

Program Descriptions:

  • For Elementary Students: Pioneer Life Through the Eyes of a Child includes work and play in an early Kentucky home.
  • For Middle and High School Students: History Tour including contributions the family made to the community,  how the Civil War affected the people who lived here, and the life of enslaved peoples on the plantation.

Hiestand House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places