Come see:

  1. Bullet    Three floors of period rooms furnished with regional antiques and European object d’arts,

  2. Bullet    Rare 1818 hand blocked French scenic wallpaper, featuring nobles on a stag hunt called

  3.         “Les Chasses De Compiegne” by Parisian firm Jacquemart et Bernard,

  4. Bullet    Future site of Stowe slave cabin & Garrard Co. African American Archive,

  5. Bullet    Assortment of 19th cent. portraits of Owlsey members & local personages,

  6. Bullet    Owsley related ephemera and documents,

  7. Bullet    Elizabeth Gill Owsley’s frontier farm kitchen,

  8. Bullet    A unique quilt & textile collection,

  9. Bullet    Flower Gardens & orchard with heirloom cultivars,

  10. Bullet    Group tours & educational programs available,

“Pleasant Retreat” has a climate controlled conference room, and a converted carriage house that has dinning facilities for 35 persons, catering kitchen and handicap accessible bathrooms.

This scenic site is ideally suited for corporate events, family reunions, weddings and film locations.

Governor William Owsley House Foundation Inc,

“Pleasant Retreat"

656 Stanford Road

Lancaster KY 40444

Contact & Inquiries

County Judge Executive’s Office,

attention of James Bushnell: T (859) 792-3531


and/or Judy Adams: T (859) 238-0647


Pleasant Retreat

The Governor William Owsley House

Lancaster, Kentucky

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This web site was created by, is maintained by, & was donated to The Governor William Owsley House Foundation Inc, by Leighton H. Coleman III. 

Please feel free to report any omissions, corrections and/or suggestions to Mr. Coleman at 

Welcome to “Pleasant Retreat” the Garrard County home of Kentucky’s 16th Governor William Owsley (1844-1848) and later home to the family of his daughter Amelia & son in law, the Congressman, Simeon H. Anderson.

Located on Stanford Road (US 27) in Lancaster’s Outer Bluegrass, this community restored three-story antebellum farm house captures both the spirit of “My Old Kentucky Home” and state’s early 19th century political life.

The house & grounds are presently only open by appointment,

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For Smart Phones: James Bushnell: T (859) 792-3531  eMail:

and/or Judy Adams: T (859) 238-0647  email