Irvinton House Museum

Mission Statement

The mission of the Irvinton House Museum is to create a welcoming, fun, and educational environment by highlighting the history of the City of Richmond, Madison County, and the Appalachian region as a whole. The museum achieves this through exhibits, events, activities, and outreach programs focused around how the Irvinton House and its former residents connected to the community.

About the Museum

The historic Irvinton House Museum is Richmond’s local historical house museum.  Exhibits include items from the Irvine family, the community, and Eastern Kentucky University’s J.T. Dorris Collection that illustrate the vibrant history of Richmond, Kentucky.  The museum features many unique and interesting items, including one of very few remaining Revolutionary War uniforms.

Irvinton was built in 1820 by Dr. Anthony Waine Rollins. The federal-style home was sold to David Irvine in 1829 and later gifted to his daughter, Elizabeth, in 1849. Elizabeth Irvine married her first cousin, William Irvine, and they had 5 children: Susan, Addie, Kate, Willie, and Bessie. Unfortunately, none of the children lived into adulthood, and Mr. and Mrs. Irvine were left with no heirs to leave their fortune. Mrs. Irvine lived at Irvinton for nearly 90 years until her passing in 1920. As stated in her will, Irvinton was left to the Kentucky Medical Society and opened its doors to receive the first patient on October 20th, 1926. It remained a hospital for almost 25 years until it was closed in 1950. After the hospital shut down, the Irvinton grounds became Richmond’s very first park. Today it remains the Irvine-McDowell Park and the Irvinton House serves as office space for the Richmond Parks and Recreation department.

Irvinton is open daily from 9AM to 4:30PM. You can call our office at 859-623-8753 or email kchandler@richmond.ky.us to schedule a private tour of the space!

Irvinton House Historical Research Help

The Irvinton House Museum is currently conducting research related to the end of the Trachoma Hospital. If anyone has any information related to Dr. Robert Sory, the chief physician for the hospital, or any of his surviving relatives we would love for you to bring this to us. We are also looking for any still surviving patients from the last few years of the hospital’s existence in the late 1940s if anyone has any information related to this. If you have anything regarding the house’s time as a Trachoma Hospital, we encourage you to contact us.

Historical Documents for Personal Use

All documents posted here are for personal use. They may not be copied or redistributed without express written consent from the Richmond Parks and Recreation department or the Irvinton House Museum. If you have any questions regarding the documents here, please call at 859-623-8753.

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