The James Batterton House: Sprawling Space with a Big Place in Kentucky History

KentuckyYou can get lost in this 4,932-square-foot home and its rich Blue Grass history in Millersburg, Kentucky.

Located on a quarter-acre lot at 1001 Main Street, the two-story gem is filled with 19th century wow factors and current upgrades. A gorgeous wooden staircase winding from the front room is the centerpiece of the single-family home.

In addition to two more staircases, features range from a living room, parlor, formal dining area, and stainless-steel kitchen to four large bedrooms, two full baths, and stunning hardwood flooring.

On the outside is a two-car detached garage and enough lush yard space to accommodate kids running and playing and almost any sized family or social gathering. The listing price is $249,900.

Built in 1841 for James Batterton, the prominent local merchant envisioned living in the Greek Revival mansion of the day with his second wife Mary Alexander, but she kyboshed the idea. Though Main Street is a quiet part of town today, it was a major artery back then on the bustling Maysville-Lexington Turnpike. Batterton’s bride wanted to avoid the dust and buggy noise, so she refused to live that close to the road.

Since the market for mansions was likely slim-to-nonexistent in small Kentucky communities, the sprawling brick structure became a series of schools as well as a boarding house for teachers in the various institutions.

Come with us on the look back at the lives who passed through in this incredible home, which was rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, at