Benjamin Boatwright House

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Benjamin Boatwright House

MA-218
KY 21, Southeast of Paint Lick
Mid-1800s

Confederate General John Hunt Morgan reportedly maintained temporary headquarters here during the Civil War, occupying an upstairs bedroom while his troops were encamped at nearby Gum Springs.

The Architectural Style of the facade is Greek Revival, exhibited in the two-story single-bay pedimented portico. Sidelights and architrave molding mark the central doorway and are repeated in the central second-story window. Two stone chimneys, as well as a third in the rear , appear as they did when built.

Initially, the clapboard-covered frame house consisted of six rooms and two large hallways, with the floors linked by two staircases. The front stairs are unusual in that they are a straight run, parallel to the large front entrance. Until a door to the hallway was provided, one upstairs bedroom was accessible only by the back stairway. The six-inch pine floors in the upstairs, as well as the poplar woodwork and doors, are originals.