239 West Main St; Richmond, KY 40475 | (859) 623-1000

About Irvinton House Museum

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Irvinton House Museum is to create a welcoming, fun, and educational environment by highlighting the history of the City of Richmond, Madison County, and the region of Appalachia. The museum achieves this through exhibits, events, activities, and outreach programs focused around how the Irvinton House and its former residents connected to the community.

Irvinton House Museum

Irvinton is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please call for a guided tour.


The historic Irvinton House Museum is Richmond’s only local museum.  Exhibits include items from the Irvine family, the community, and Eastern Kentucky University’s J.T. Dorris Collection that illustrate the vibrant history of Richmond, Kentucky.  The museum features many unique and interesting items, including one of very few remaining Revolutionary War uniforms.

Irvinton was built in 1820 by Dr. Anthony Waine Rollins. The federal-style home was sold to David Irvine in 1829 and later gifted to his daughter, Elizabeth, in 1849. Elizabeth Irvine married her first cousin, William Irvine, and they had 5 children: Susan, Addie, Kate, Willie, and Bessie. Unfortunately, none of the children lived into adulthood and Mr. and Mrs. Irvine were left with no heirs to leave their fortune. Mrs. Irvine lived at Irvinton for nearly 90 years until her passing in 1920. As stated in her will, Irvinton was left to the Kentucky Medical Society and opened its doors to receive the first patient on October 20th, 1926. It remained a hospital for almost 30 years until it was closed in 1950. After the hospital shut down, the Irvinton grounds became Richmond’s very first park. Today it remains the Irvine-McDowell Park and the Irvinton House serves as office space for the Richmond Parks and Recreation department.

The Irvinton House Museum is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Please call 859-623-8753 to schedule a guided tour.

Irvinton House Historical Research Help

The Irvinton House Museum is currently conducting research related to the end of the Trachoma Hospital. If anyone has any information related to Dr. Robert Sory, the chief physician for the hospital, or any of his surviving relatives we would love for you to bring this to us. We are also looking for any still surviving patients from the last few years of the hospital’s existence in the last 1940s if anyone has any information related to this. If you have anything regarding the house’s time as a trachoma hospital we encourage to contact us at the information below.

Upcoming Exhibits

This summer we will be bringing two exhibits to Richmond. First at the Richmond Tourism building we will be having an exhibit dedicated to the life of the “Clays of Kentucky”. This exhibit will describe the story of one the most famous and powerful families to come from Kentucky. And then here at Irvinton we will be hosting an exhibit about the Life and Legend of Daniel Boone. This will detail everything about the world-famous frontiersman and one of the founders of Kentucky.

The exhibits will start July 22nd and run through September 19th. Alongside these exhibits we will be having other auxiliary events or activities so please stay tuned for those. If you are curious about these exhibits and want to learn more please visit https://history.ky.gov/museums-to-go-2/.

Reservation Information

Meeting Room Reservation

  • Includes:  1 large conference room with long table that can seat 10-12 people
  • Cost to rent:  $30 per hour and a $50 cash deposit

*For More Information about Conference Room reservations, please contact 623-8753

Irvinton House Contact Information

345 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond KY


From Lexington:
Take Exit 90A to 25 S. (Right @ 2nd stop light)
At the first stop light, take a right onto Lancaster Ave.
The Irvine McDowell Park is on the Left.

From Berea:
Take a right off of exit 87
Go through 4 stop lights
At the 5th stop light take a left onto Lancaster Ave
Go through two stop lights. The Irvine McDowell Park is on the right

+1 859 623-8753 (Information & Reservations)