Fresh produce. Kentucky bourbon. Future Derby champions.
Hermitage Farm celebrates Kentucky’s unique agricultural heritage and the signature industries that make us a place like nowhere else. Experience our renowned thoroughbred operations, sustainable, organic farm-to-table dining, a bourbon experience, and contemporary art—a 19th-century estate reimagined through 21st-century eyes.
A Legacy Renewed
Oldham County, Kentucky residents Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson have long celebrated Kentucky’s unique agricultural heritage. When they purchased Hermitage Farm to save it from suburban development, they expanded upon their long history of preserving farmland for future generations. Hermitage Farm’s nearly seven hundred acres have been placed in conservation easement so that it remains active farmland in perpetuity.
Our thoroughbred nursery has produced winners of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Breeder’s Cup, and most every other stakes race. Our tours guide you through our barns, the sport’s history, and a close look at some future champions. Catch the regularly scheduled daily turn-out of mares and foals or a retired champion snoozing upon green pastures. See these beautiful animals up close for an encounter you won’t soon forget.
Join us beginning March 1, 2020 for Thoroughbred Tours
We say the best bourbons are made in Kentucky. Come see for yourself: at Hermitage Farm, you can sample from every distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and then some. Enjoy an in-depth experience that covers the entire process of the bourbon craft from seed to sip and highlights this unique (and tasty!) product of Kentucky agriculture.
Bourbon Tastings begin March 1, 2020
Ever wonder how your food got to the end of your fork? At Hermitage Farm you’re at the source. Our gardens and orchard provide most of the food you enjoy at Barn8 Farm Restaurant. That’s as farm-fresh as it gets. Starting in March, 2020, be sure to stop in to see what’s available at the Hermitage Farm Store. Along with Hermitage produce, we’ll also stock other KY Proud items, like meat and eggs from Woodland Farm.
Three beautiful words: “Agriculture Conservation Easement.” It ensures that land in agricultural use will remain that way. Underscoring their deep love of Oldham County farmland, owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson have protected Hermitage Farm (along with more than 2400 acres county-wide) for future generations. We’re committed to preserving our natural heritage for everyone to enjoy.
The Hermitage Team
Matthew Colin Bailey / Director
Matthew manages the strategic direction of Hermitage Farm’s tourism and hospitality operations. He is the former director of the historic site My Old Kentucky Home, Director of Preservation at Belle Meade Plantation, and Kentucky’s Governor’s Office.
Meredith Phillips / Director of Marketing and Special Events
Meredith oversees the sales, planning and execution of special events, and marketing of Hermitage Farm. She formerly worked in event sales at both Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Alison Settle / Executive Chef
Alison is celebrated for her adventurous new takes on traditional Kentucky fare. With a passion for cooking from a young age, her enthusiasm to prepare exceptional traditional-inspired meals with unique flair using fresh local ingredients is now matched with Hermitage Farm’s farm-to-table operation, connecting place to plate. A graduate of Sullivan University’s Culinary Arts Program, Alison’s talent has been recognized by regional chefs who offered tutelage to her in their kitchens, and through awards, and via media broadcasts. Alison leads the kitchen and operations of Barn8 Restaurant at Hermitage Farm.