1836 Historic John Jenkins House – Jewel in the Bluegrass State

$ 269,500
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MLS #1800628
Contact nameTrevor Gill
Contact phone812-345-2588
Year built1836
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area3,487 sqft
Lot Area1 acres


Situated on an acre lot outside Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital city, the five-bay, two-story, Federal-style, Antebellum common-bond brick structure, with inset chimneys on either end of the house, sets atop a stone foundation. Original interior woodwork—door and window frames, molding, and trim—dates to the home’s construction. During the 1870s a Victorian era front portico, centered across three bays of the house, was added along with a new entryway staircase and mantles. The unique I-style floor plan, with “L” off the back, showcases a “two over two” room layout with a central staircase linking the first and second floors. Solid wood floors are featured throughout the structure. Ten-foot and twelve-foot ceilings give a human scale to the rooms in the historic portion of the house. Solid plaster and lathe walls feature area plasterers’ craftmanship.

In the late 1960s, a 19th-century barn was added to the “L” portion of the floor plan to create a distinctive country kitchen with interior barn wood siding, fireplace, wood burning stove, and hand-hewn rafters supporting a loft and attic.

Exemplary stewardship has protected the historic character of the John Jenkins home while adding 21st century amenities. Recent updates in 2017 include metal roof/gutters on home/garage and insulated siding on back of home. Bathrooms were renovated in 2010. The entire structure was tuck-pointed in 2000. Solid hardwood floors run throughout and fireplaces are found in almost every room. All that is left is your personal touch to make this house your home.

There is a fascinating history associated with the property which is well documented. Few if any comparable homes exist in the area that feature the same level of 19th-century craftsmanship and quality.

If you want to escape the hassles of the city for country life this is your place. The Bridgeport community reflects the virtue of small town America. Neighbors know and help each other. Located five minutes from downtown Frankfort, it represents that rarest of commodities–a rural hamlet adjacent Kentucky’s state capital city.

The owners acquired the property in 1998 and over the following twenty years invested to ensure the home’s historic integrity and comfort. Exemplary stewardship has protected its historic character while enhancing the home’s livability. There is something safe, solid and enduring in its 182-year old, foot-thick masonry walls. Its human-scale and Antebellum craftsmanship speaks to an earlier era’s spiritual values.

Well-maintained, distinctive historic homes are rare jewels. The John Jenkins house is such a jewel