Louisville's long history can be found in its preserved historic homes that are located in some of the oldest city districts. Some of the city's most notable historic homes include the Thomas Edison House, the Farmington Carriage House, and Whitehall.
Thomas Edison is most well-known for inventing the light bulb, but the majority of his inventions over the course of his life were patented for the telegraph machine. At 19 years old, Edison moved to Louisville's Butchertown and found a job as a telegraph operator for Western Union. Today, Edison's Butchertown home is preserved as a museum with a collection of artifacts and inventions that represent his innovative life.
In the early half of the 1800s, Farmington was a 500-acre hemp plantation. The Farmington Carriage House and it surrounding buildings have undergone many renovations in the last 200 years, but today it is fully restored to reflect every minute detail of its days as a plantation home.
While Whitehall was first built around 1855, it was not transformed into the structure it is today until it was purchased in 1909 by John Middleton. Middleton transformed the original two-story brick house into the southern-style Greek-revival mansion that it is today. Whitehall was left to the Historic Homes Foundation in 1992. Today, this historic home is open for tours and is a popular place for weddings and other large events.