Friday November 5, 2004
FARNSLEY-MOREMEN HOUSE TO CLOSE NOV. 8-22 FOR UPGRADES TO HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
LOUISVILLE (November 5, 2004) – Public tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House, 7410 Moorman Road, will not take place from November 8 to 22. The tours are scheduled to resume on November 23, once a new heating and cooling system has been installed. The mechanical work, which will help preserve the historical items exhibited in the house, is part of an ongoing project to re-interpret the centerpiece of Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.
“After talking with our contractors, we decided to close the house and complete the work quickly, rather than trying to work around scheduled tours over the course of a month or more,” said Patti Linn, who oversees the property for Metro Parks. “The system we’re installing has been designed carefully, so that people visiting the historic house will not be distracted by the sights and sounds of modern machinery.”
The project is intended to give visitors a more historically accurate picture of the Farnsley-Moremen House, built in 1837. When the work is complete next spring, the home’s two floors will each reflect a different period from the site’s history. The effort, which is being paid for with funds raised by the property’s non-profit operating board, includes:
- Repainting the interior and exterior.
- Locating and purchasing intact historic china and other ceramics similar to fragments found during archaeological work.
- Reproducing a Moremen family quilt for display in the home.
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, is a 300-acre historic farm site on the Ohio River. For most of the 19th Century, an active riverboat landing on the farm allowed people traveling by river to stop to trade goods, to take on boilerwood for fuel, or to rest. Today, visitors to Riverside may tour the historic home and grounds, which include a reconstructed detached kitchen, ongoing archaeological excavations, a modern Visitors Center, gardens, and a landing for the Spirit of Jefferson. Tours take place daily, except Mondays, at a cost of $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, and $2 for children. Information is available at 502/935-6809 or www.riverside-landing.org.