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The Dinsmore Homestead is located at 5656 Burlington Pike (Kentucky Route 18), 6.5 miles (10.5 km) west of Burlington, Kentucky and was completed in 1842. 

In 1839 James and Martha Dinsmore purchased approximately 700 acres (2.8 km2) in Boone County, Kentucky.  He and his family settled there, growing grapes, raising sheep and growing willows for a basket-making business that was overseen by German immigrants. The house is notable for containing all original artifacts that were purchased by the family primarily in Cincinnati, Ohio, and southern Indiana. Their daughter Julia Stockton Dinsmore operated the farm successfully from 1872 until her death at age 93 in 1926.

Some of the interesting events the Dinsmores were involved in include:  relations between the U. S. Government and the Cherokee and Choctaw, early Republic land speculations, (for example, Macomb's Purchase), the Texas Revolution of 1836, Early Republic politics, the Adams Express Company, the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the sinking of the Titanic, the sinking of the Lusitania, and World War One.  

In 1987, the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation purchased the home and approximately 30 acres to preserve the site. Primary sources allow docents to highlight the Dinsmore family's connections to people like: 

  1. George Washington
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  6. Henry Clay
  7. Alexander Macomb
  8. Silas Dinsmoor
  9. James Bowie
  10. John Bell
  11. Samuel Bell
  12. John Ross
  13. General Alexander Macomb
  14. Margaret Coxe
  15. Matthew Brady
  16. Nellie Taft
  17. Enid Sandell
  18. Tyrone Power
  19. Sarah Gibson Humphreys
  20. Benjamin F. Goodrich
  21. Randall L. Gibson
  22. Julia Marlowe
  23. Charles E. Flandrau
  24. Charles M. Flandrau
  25. Grace Flandrau
  26. John W. Riddle
  27. Theodore Pope Riddle
  28. David Goodrich
  29. Robert H. M. Ferguson
  30. Ronald Munro Ferguson
  31. John Jacob Astor IV
  32. Isabella Selmes Ferguson Greenway King
  33. John Campbell Greenway
  34. Theodore Roosevelt
  35. Henry Cabot Lodge
  36. Corinne Roosevelt Robinson
  37. Douglas Robinson
  38. Corinne Robinson Alsop
  39. William Loving
  40. James Henry Breasted

..... Add to the list if there's a connection. 


  1. Miller, Kristie. Isabella Greenway: An Enterprising Woman. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.
  2. Conroy, Will. Tucson's Arizona Inn. Tucson, Ariz: Arizona Inn, 2010. Page 24.