Brief History of Woodstock
Woodstock was built in 1830 by Charles Nicholas Minor Meriwether. The original house consisted of two rooms below, a parlor and a bedroom, with a large hall between and two bedrooms, with a large hall, on the second floor. The kitchen was a separate building at the rear of the house, as was common during that time.
In 1860, the family began the second addition to Woodstock. This addition included a large dining room, 2 bedrooms, large hall, a ballroom and a spiral staircase. The ballroom was added on that floor. The spiral staircase was hand carved by an English craftsman, who resided in New York. While completing the staircase, he lived with the family for 2 years.
Noted for its early horse racing events, Woodstock horses were provided for several Civil War generals. General Albert Sidney Johnston was killed at the Battle of Shiloh on a Woodstock horse, Fire-eater. The equestrian statue is located at the Tennessee tomb in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. Woodstock has been showcased in various books and news articles locally and nationally throughout the years. The estate is a Kentucky Landmark and is listed on the National Historic Register by the U.S. Department of the Interior. With only nine owners in Its 186 years, it is a crown jewel for history buffs or writers.
The prestigious Meriwether family produced three notable descendants who have ties to Woodstock: Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, a granddaughter, was the famous newspaper columnist "Dorothy Dix." A daughter, Caroline Meriwether Goodlett, founded the United Daughters of the Confederacy Organization following her brother’s death in the Civil War and a great-granddaughter, Caroline Gordon Tate, a southern novelist, chose this Woodstock manor house as the setting for two of her novels, PENHALLY and NONE SHALL LOOK BACK.
One of the most famous historical figures of the Meriwether family is Meriwether Lewis, co-partner in the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Just imagine.... what will be written in Woodstock's history in the coming years?
It is perfect for a family home to create long lasting memories. It would also be ideal for a Bed and Breakfast, a Clubhouse, Conference Center, an elegant wedding venue, receptions, Tea Room or unique dining facility.
The possibilities are only limited by ones imagination.