Start Date

6/02/2018 10:00 AM
End Date

6/02/2018 04:00 PM

Media release

Contact Genie Graf, Midway Woman’s Club president

April 30, 2018

Midway Woman’s Club Historic Homes Tour June 2

The Midway Woman’s Club is giving visitors a look inside some of the most interesting houses in the Bluegrass during its 2018 Historic Homes Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Most houses are within Midway, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Homes chosen for this year’s tour are important to the Parrish family, which has been in Midway for seven generations, including several current residents. Patriarch James Ware Parrish (1815-1857) is a co-founder of the Kentucky Female Orphan School, the precursor to today’s Midway University. He or his descendants occupied all six houses on the tour, and he was an early supporter of the Second Christian Church in Midway, the oldest African-American Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the nation, which is also on the tour.

Houses on the tour:

Southern Equine — formerly Parrish Hill Farm, where several thoroughbreds of note were bred, including Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic

Pinkerton-Rouse Place — home to the Midway University president

Porter House — ca. 1840, where it is rumored that the Porterhouse steak was created

Village View Cottage — formerly located at Parrish Hill Farm

Parrish Place — now Midway Small Animal Clinic

Parrish Homeplace — ca. 1810, called Dearborn, owned now by Darby Dan Farm, patriarch James Ware Parrish home

Tour tickets are $20 and available online at Eventbrite, and at three locations in Woodford County: in Midway, Railroad Drug and Old-Time Soda Fountain, and May & Co. on Railroad Street; in Versailles at Marketplace on Main, 116 East Main Street; and in Lexington at The Rag Peddler, 250 Walton Avenue. Cash or check only at store locations.

Please note that houses are not handicapped accessible. The tour is self directed. On June 2, the tour begins at Northside Elementary School, 500 Northside Drive in Midway, where tickets must be redeemed for admission booklets.

Proceeds will benefit the Woman’s Club, a non-profit group dedicated to helping Midway families and the community.

For more information, please go to, the Midway Woman’s Club Facebook page,, or email

Additional Information About the Homes on Tour