40 Miles that Saved America

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At the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and guests is our highest priority. We are mindful of concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive, therefore the Jack Jouett House will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 24th. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will re-open as determined by local conditions and recommendations as well as the availability of our volunteers and staff.

Jack Jouett’s Ride:

On the night of June 3-4, 1781, Captain John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. rode 40 miles through the backwoods of Virginia to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of the approach of 250 British troops.

Jack Jouett’s heroic act saved the American Revolution by preventing the capture of its most important political leaders.

Jouett migrated to the Bluegrass after the war, where he played an important role in the Kentucky statehood convention, served in the legislature, and became a prosperous planter and breeder of fine horses and cattle.

He and his wife Sally Robards reared twelve children, including renowned portrait painter Matthew Harris Jouett.

This rural homestead includes a 1780’s frontier stone cabin, used as a kitchen by the Jouetts. The 1797 Federal-style brick house features a formal parlor, a dining room, and three bedrooms. Period furnishings complement the rooms.

Trained docents provide tours on days of operation and by appointment.  Special tours are available.  

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