Butler-Turpin House State Historic House

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Butler-Turpin House State Historic House


(502) 732-4384

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This home is located in General Butler State Resort. Philip Turpin purchased 126 acres of land from William O. Butler, his wife Mary Ellen's famous uncle (for whom the Park is named), in 1859. This land was a part of the original family farm, Butler's Grove. Philip and Mary Ellen then began to build their Greek revival home, which was completed that year. The home is furnished in a manner of the day. Many of the furnishings are Butler Family possessions. The outdoor "Summer Kitchen" is also open for tour. The home is seasonally open to the public and available year round for group tours. The recently restored Butler Family Cemetery is located to the east of the Butler-Turpin House.

Map of Butler-Turpin House (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.672109, -85.148163



  • Boating

    Enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental pedal boats, canoes and rowboats are available seasonally at the Boat Dock. No trolling motors allowed on Butler Lake at anytime. Open year-round for personal non-motorized boats.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is available on the Fossil Trail. It's a 4.5 mile loop trail and is open from April - November. Riders must wear helmets and anyone under 16 years of age must have an adult rider at all times. Trail is rated for the skilled rider.

  • Camping

    The campground offers 111 campsites with utility hookups and grills. Showers and rest rooms are available at two central service buildings and one laundry facility is available. Check out by 1 p.m. Open year-round but some sites unavailable during winter months from November 18 - March 14. Please call to reserve a site during the winter months.

  • Fishing

    Fish have been restocked in 30-acre Butler Lake--bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Fishing is permitted from the lake shore and from personal non-motorized boats year-round. A Kentucky Fishing License is required.

  • Golfing

    There is a 9-hole regulation golf course with pro shop, pull carts, riding carts and rental clubs. 18 hole course miniature golf for family fun.

  • Historic Sites

    This fine country home built in 1859 is a place of remembrance to one of Kentucky's foremost military families from Colonial times through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War. The living house museum embodies life at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers along with the military contributions of the Butler family. Built in the Greek revival style the house is a three-bay two-story structure with a commanding view of the Kentucky River Valley. The personal effects of military documents, furniture and objects bring to life a family steeped in military history.

    Family heirlooms along with stories of patriotism bring to life the legend of the "Gallant Butlers." Step back in time as your tour guide interprets the contributions of the Butler family and their slaves, along with life at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers. Tour times vary throughout the year. Contact the park for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic area, playground, tennis, basketball courts and shelter house are located near the historic house on the west side of General Butler State Resort Park.

  • Tennis

    Enjoy activities on the tennis courts!

  • Water Sports

    The lodge swimming pool is available for lodge and cottage guests during all times of operation and available to campers during 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Opening date to be determined.



The resort is located 44 miles northeast of Louisville. From Louisville, take I-71 to Carrollton. If you are coming from the Huntington area traveling west off of I-64, take exit #172. Drive north on Hwy 1, to Double-A Hwy North. Take Double-A Hwy North to I-275 West. Drive West on I-275 to I 71/75 South. Take I-71 to Exit 44. Turn right on Hwy 227 to the Park.

Phone Numbers


(502) 732-4384