Fans of Federal-style homes, a new mansion has hit the market in bluegrass country with a unique backstory. The Kentucky Bourbon House, originally known as the Henri Chapeze House, is a Federalist-era mansion built in 1787 on Courthouse Square in Bardstown, Kentucky, and until recently, run as a bed-and-breakfast by Bourbon Historian Colonel Michael Masters (famed for his bourbon tastings) and his wife Margaret Sue Masters.
The brick-clad mansion, steeped in local history and located near the Bourbon Trail (Heaven Hill Distilleries is in town) is asking $1.8 million as part of a unique package deal that includes four surrounding cottages; the Millstone, Pioneer Park, John Finch, and, this being Kentucky, the Bourbon Cottage.
The primary selling point, the historic 4,758-square-foot mansion with vintage furnishings plus a tavern and gazebo, was built for Dr. Henri Chapeze, a French doctor who joined the Marquis Lafayette when he came to the Colonial United States to fight for the Continental Army. After his service, he retired to Bardstown and practiced medicine in this home until his death in 1810. That’s not all his family has given to this country. His grandsons Ben and Adam Chapeze founded the Chapeze Distillery in 1874, producing Old Charter Bourbon, which is still on the market today.