Owners of historic Hermitage Farm in Oldham County, Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, release a hefty collection of photos and texts from prominent Kentucky authors featuring the world-class horses, gardens, farm-to-table restaurant, bourbon, and more from this agritourism destination that is quintessentially Kentucky. Prominent sports writer Billy Reed, who passed away in February, 2022, contributes a colorful history of famous people and horses—including 1953 Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star—that have called this landmark home.
Meet the Author
Kentucky entrepreneur Steve Wilson is known for his unique approach to farming, tourism and hospitality. With wife Laura Lee Brown, he co-founded 21c Museum Hotels, Kentucky Bison Co., Garage Bar, and Barn8 Restaurant.
When one of Kentucky’s most famous horse farms was about to be turned into another subdivision, Steve and Laura Lee said, “Not this farm!” The result is Hermitage Farm, an agritourism destination that welcomes the public to a working Thoroughbred farm with historic home (circa 1835) to enjoy award-winning food made with ingredients grown in the surrounding gardens and greenhouse, sip Kentucky’s finest bourbon whiskey, or experience the Art Walk after dark along just some of the pastoral 700 acres.
The new book Hermitage Farm is a wonderful collection of photographs, poems, and stories that capture the beauty, grace, and flavor of a place that is quintessentially Kentucky.