Bryan House hosts Summer Fest

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 31, 2023

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By Carrie Hudson

Intern Reporter

On May 27 and 28, the Bryan House, located at 9236 Harrodsburg Road in Wilmore, hosted its first Summer Fest.

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The festival consisted of an array of classic cars, 50 vendors, food trucks, a petting zoo, an inflatable park, and an appearance from West Brewery.  T

The owner of the historic house, Jeb Rand, stated the intention behind the variety of activities was to ensure that every attendee would have something to enjoy.

“Usually these types of events are for one group, but we decided to do something for the entire family- to give an excuse for the entire family to come out,” Rand said,

To Rand, the support from the Jessamine County community helped bring the event to life.

“Without the sponsors we can’t do it, they helped us be here” Many of the sponsors, including the title one, Visit Jessamine, highlight the beauty of Jessamine County and everything it has to offer,” he said.

The proceeds of the event will go towards the upkeep and restoration of the Bryan House. The house has a long history stemming from the 1830s. During this period, it served as a hospital following the Battle of Perryville. Then during the Civil War, it became a neutral site for both sides of the war.

Now the Bryan House is open for weddings, receptions, award ceremonies, and more. For those who want to know more or are interested in reserving space, please refer to the Bryan House’s website,

And for those that missed Summer Fest this year, do not worry, it is intended to become an annual tradition, although another festival similar in structure may be just around the corner.

“We will be doing it twice a year, a Summer Fest and Fall Fest,” Rand said.