$ 2,464,290

4469 Castle Hwy, Pleasureville, KY 40057  
  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 4,568 sqft

4469 Castle Hwy, Pleasureville, KY 40057  

''Forest Hill'' is one of the most historically significant houses in Kentucky. The gently rolling farm, once 2000 acres, was home to Presley Neville O'Bannon, (he also sometimes spelled it O'Banion) the Hero of Derne during the 1805 Barbary Wars. For his heroism, he was the original recipient of the jeweled Mameluke sword, the official officer sword since 1825 of the United State Marine Corps, and was the first American to raise the U.S. flag on foreign soil. He led the attack on the Barbary Coast pirates who were holding 180 American seamen for ransom. The lyrics in the official Marine Corps song ''by the shores of Tripoli'' refer to O'Bannon and his fellow soldiers. Screen star John Payne portrayed the role of O'Bannon in the 1950 film ''Tripoli''. After the Frankfort premiere of the movie, Payne placed a wreath on O'Bannon's grave in the Frankfort Cemetery. As an additional historical note, Presley's sister Amanda was married to Elijah Pepper, a whiskey distiller in Woodford County, whose brands included "Old Pepper" and "Old Crow". Woodford Reserve bourbon is located on the site of Pepper's original distillery. Presley O'Bannon died at the home of Elijah and Amanda's daughter, Amanda Pepper O'Bannon and her husband, John W. O'Bannon, in September 1850. John W. was a nephew of Presley; Amanda Pepper O'Bannon was his niece. Presley was first buried on their farm in Pleasureville but was later reinterred, with military honors and much pomp and circumstance, in Frankfort in 1919. Another O'Bannon niece, Mary Jane O'Bannon and her husband Hawkins Craig Middleton, acquired the farm from the O'Bannon heirs in 1845 and soon after began construction of the Steamboat Gothic "Forest Hill". Middleton was a steamboat captain on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and modeled the house after "Beauvoir", the Brown home in Biloxi, Mississippi that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The house was originally supposed to be brick but Middleton wasn't satisfie

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  • Listing Type Farm
  • Listing ID 1460614
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2
  • House Size 4,568
  • Lot Size 274.00 acres
  • Listing Status Active
  • Year Built 1850
  • County Henry
  • Full Bath 2
  • Garage 3.0
  • Rooms 8.0
Listing courtesy of Kentucky Select Properties
Price History
Date Listed at or
5/8/2017 $2,464,290 $191,800
4/11/2017 $2,656,090 $62,750
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