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Daniel Boone


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Johnston Inn & Tavern Bourbon County

Johnston Inn is situated on US 460 in rural Bourbon County between Paris and Georgetown. In its heyday it was a busy tavern offering a respite for the weary traveller. It appeared on Filson's 1784 Map of Kentucky.

Robert Johnston, a Revolutionary War captain, was born in Virginia in 1749. He and his wife operated a tavern in their house here from 1796-1812. Located on what was the main road between Maysville and Lexington, this inn served stage and horseback passengers in its 30-foot tavern room with sleeping accommodations overhead.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was there many years ago and they told of an old room on the second story that had been sealed shut, but still had a window you could see through. they said they found things in it from the 1840's covered with pigeon droppings. There were some people in the old cemetery there who had died of cholera in the 1840's and the belief was that the room had been sealed off to prevent spread of cholera.