902 Main St. Paris, Ky 40361 (859) 377 5045 OPEN 9 -4 Tues-Fri / 9-2 Saturday
The generally accepted completion date for the Alexander House is 1815. However, some documents we have had access to point to a date as early as 1790.
The first residence of the house were William W. Alexander and Jane Stamps Alexander. William was the son of the Sr. William Alexander, an early Hemp Plantation owner. Jane Stamps was the daughter of Lucinda Farrar Davis Stamps, the sister of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. This is one of the many claims to historical fame that the Alexander House has as it is very apparent that Jefferson Davis stayed here many times in his travels, visiting his 'favorite niece' according to some of his writings.
The Alexander House has long been a main stay on Main Street of Paris, Kentucky. Although she had suffered neglect over the past two decades, she now is in our loving and capable hands serving as a gathering spot for our tight knit community.
Chester Harding. Click on photo for more information.
Jefferson Davis. Click on picture for more information.
Another famous resident of the Alexander House was Chester Harding. Harding spent six months at the Alexander House painting over 100 portraits for $25.00 a piece. This earned him enough money to study art in Philadelphia before going on to paint the most prominent people of the era, here in the United States and abroad.