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Fairfield Farm Cottage

Your host(s):
Mary McClinton Clay
Web Site:
500 Cynthiana Rd.
Paris, Kentucky 40361

Fairfield Farm Cottage

We are blessed to enjoy a beautiful and unspoiled patch of Bourbon County history.  The Fairfield Farm Cottage offers the chance to immerse yourself in that history, surrounded by nature and modern amenities.

Our stone cottage sits along the Buffalo Trail, named Alanant-o-Wamiowee by the Shawnee, created by bison centuries before the arrival of Indians.  It is the site of Martin’s Station, which began in 1775 with a cabin built by the intrepid explorer John Martin.  Martin’s Station was the site of the next-to-last battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1780.
Three years later, James Garrard arrived in Kentucky and settled along Stoner Creek at this site he named “Fairfield”.  Sometime between 1783 and 1785, he built the stone house at which was held, in 1785, the very first court meeting of the newly created Bourbon County, Virginia.  He moved his family to the newly constructed Mount Lebanon, on the other side of the creek in 1786.
Kentucky became a state in 1792.  In 1796, James Garrard was elected its second governor, and served until 1804.  While his father was occupied with the business of building a new state, James Garrard, Jr. took over the agricultural responsibilities of Mount Lebanon and Fairfield and lived in the original stone house until his death in 1838.

Our great-grandfather Col. Ezekiel F. Clay bought Fairfield in 1867 when he returned to Bourbon County after the Civil War.  He set about breeding prized cattle and racehorses.  He named his farm Runnymede and partnered with his brother-in-law, Col. Catesby Woodford of Raceland Farm, to breed champion racehorses.

In 1924, our grandmother and her brother inherited Runnymede.  They split the farm, and she received the original Fairfield acreage.  The Fairfield stone house burned in 1951.  Part of the stone was used to build a four-room house on the bank of Stoner Creek directly in front of the site of the original structure that is now the Fairfield Farm Cottage.  The remainder was used as facing for the Anne Duncan House at Duncan Tavern in Paris.

That’s a lot of history, but that’s what you’re experiencing when you stay with us at the Fairfield Farm Cottage.  You reach us from US 27 (the Cynthiana Road) via a mile-long gravel driveway.  (You wouldn’t want us to pave the historic Alanant-o-Wamiowee, would you???)

You can follow the almost mile-long Stoner Creek Walk along the banks of the Stoner, sit and watch today’s wildlife, enjoy the spot where buffalo crossed the Stoner along the Alanant-o-Wamiowee, fish our Stoner Creek Fishing Hole or our Fairfield Pond or sit and listen to the whispers of history.

The welcoming 900 square foot, two-bedroom stone cottage is yours to enjoy during your stay at Fairfield Farm. The cottage rents for $250 a night, which includes breakfast, and will accommodate a maximum of four people (14 & up only, please). Sorry no pets and no smoking permitted on the farm.

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