Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Lexington, Kentucky

Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:43am EDT
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LEXINGTON (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore Lexington, Kentucky, which is known as the horse capital of the world?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge give tips on how to make the best of a short stay.

The city, which is due to host the World Equestrian Games in 2010, has attracted visitors ranging from the ruler of Dubai to Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Apart from racing there are many attractions to enthrall visitors to the city.


7 p.m. - After arriving in the city stop for dinner at the Mansion at Griffin Gate Marriott, a haunted plantation house that serves mint juleps on the porch.


9 a.m. - Begin the day by buying one ticket, which grants entry to four historic homes, from the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-845-3959 or Start with Ashland, home of "The Great Compromiser" Henry Clay. He opposed slavery but held the country together with a compromise on adding slave states.

10:30 a.m. - Visit the house of Mary Todd Lincoln, who was courted by presidential rivals Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Lincoln won both the election and Todd's hand. 859-233-999 or

11:30 a.m. - Around the corner is the house of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan who is reputed to have ridden his horse through the house to escape union soldiers during the Civil War. 859-233-3290 or   Continued...

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