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

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About Irvinton House Museum

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 became a trachoma hospital for almost 30 years. After the hospital closed its doors, 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.

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)