Friends of Ridgeway

"“…to lose Kentucky is to lose the whole game. " Abraham Lincoln

From a Letter to Orville Hickman Browning, who Read the Law at Ridgeway with Col. William Brown


Ridgeway (a.k.a. The Handy House)


The Friends of Ridgeway represents the statewide and national initiative to restore this home to its former glory while giving it a new purpose as the Ridgeway Community Center of Cynthiana.


Kentucky grassroots effort to rescue and re-purpose a historic landmark. Built in 1818, this early example of empire construction has been home to many historic figures, beginning with its builder, Colonel William Brown - State Representative during the Missouri Compromise, noted local attorney and farmer, War of 1812 veteran and friend of Henry Clay. Other former residents include two Illinois St ate Representatives, one of Abraham Lincoln's pallbearers, two noted central Kentucky physicians and the Union Army as they camped on the farm just before the first Battle of Cynthiana - known as Camp Frazier. More historical information regarding the detailed history of this home and the historical figures associated over the generations can be found on our main web site. Stay tuned as we discover more amazing things about the house and its residents as it nears its 200th birthday in 2018!


This timeless treasure sits atop a beautiful hillside, overlooking the Licking River Valley town of Cynthiana Kentucky.The farm and house were purchased by the City of Cynthiana for the purpose of a new Community Park. While this new park - the Flat Run Veteran's Park - is partially complete and still being developed around the house, the historic significance of Ridgeway has remained a priority for many citizens. After a 10 year battle to get protection and the authority to restore this wonderful example of Kentucky frontier agriculture, time is no longer on our side and the ability to restore this structure for the purpose of a new Community Center rests in the hands of those who care and who are willing to help. Donation opportunities and fundraising events will follow very shortly.

General Information

The Friends of Ridgeway is the restoration initiative of the Ridgeway Community Center Committee (Formerly the Save the Handy House Committee) which is a Committee under the direct supervision of the Harrison County Historical Society.

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