The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to commemorate Somerset Hall at 416 Closson Court in Ludlow, at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 17.


Somerset Hall, a Greek Revival home, dates to circa 1845 and was the summer residence for William Butler Kenner, a Louisiana plantation and slave owner. Kenner died in 1853. The house is said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad for slaves making their way north to freedom during periods when it was vacant.


The Ludlow Heritage Museum is sponsoring the marker. It is dedicated to Julia Payne Closson, a member of the Closson family, which owned the home from 1875 to 1926.


More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker Program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or becky.riddle@ky.gov.




The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.



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