William Vanarsdell House, Bethel, Bath County, Kentucky

The William Vanarsdell House, near Bethel, Kentucky. April 2020.The house itself is notable for its well-preserved architectural features, which include original woodwork, fireplaces, and a grand staircase. These elements reflect the craftsmanship and attention to detail typical of the period. The property also includes several outbuildings and a large tract of land, which were once part of a working farm. Over the years, the Vanarsdell House has seen various owners and has undergone restorations to maintain its historical integrity.

The same house, summer 2006.In addition to its architectural significance, the William Vanarsdell House holds historical importance due to its association with local history and the Vanarsdell family. The house has been a witness to the changing times and events of Bath County, serving as a reminder of the region’s rich heritage. Today, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the early settlers of Kentucky and their contributions to the state’s history.

This painting of the house (by Paul Lewis in 1974) appeared in the “Memories of Bath County” calendar, 1975-1976.
View of the facade and west elevation, April 2020.
Rear and east elevation of the house, summer 2006.
A detail of the central bay, showing the original Greek Revival detailing around the doorways. April 2020.

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