Visitors Guide to the
Barlow House Museum
609 Broadway Street
Barlow, Kentucky

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Thomas Jefferson Barlow was the first of his family to settle in the "wilderness" of Ballard County in 1849. Later his son, Clifton Jesse Barlow would build the rustic turn-of-the 20th century 11-room Victorian home classic residence that is now the Barlow House Museum for his wife and seven children. Clifton’s eldest son, Vivian J. Barlow, taught piano for 30 years at the prestigious Choate Boys Academy in Connecticut. From friendships made there, Vivian spent 50 summers traveling the world with the American aristocracy, gradually assembling a unique collection of 20th century artifacts, memorabilia and art. The house was left as a gift to the residents of Ballard County by Vivian. On display in the house are many wonderful examples of Mr. Barlow's varied and valued collections. Amidst the home's turn of the century architecture, you'll find the World War I uniform worn by Mr. Barlow, his scores of delicate China collectibles from around the world, the wedding gown worn by his mother in the late 1800's and period furniture that has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Family mementoes are scattered throughout the home, including programs from turn-of-the-century musical presentations, early family portraits, vintage personal items such as jewelry and accessories along with crystal and glass pieces of European origin. The Barlow House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

  Visiting the Barlow House Museum
          Monday: 1 pm - 4 pm
          Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm
          2nd & 4th Sundays: 1 pm - 4 pm
     Closed on major holidays
     Tours can be arranged by special appointment

There is a small admission charge to visit the Barlow House Museum.
Directions: The Barlow House is located at 609 Broadway Street (US-60) in the center of Barlow.
  GPS Coordinates
37° 03.085'
W 89° 02.748'
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