New Hermitage Farm owners plan to carry on Thoroughbred tradition
Considered the “most important thoroughbred breeding farm outside Lexington,” the new owners of Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Ky., have stated that they intend to continue on with the operation as a breeding business, while also hoping to make it a tourist destination.
The historic facility is the birthplace of Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star and the most expensive yearling sold at auction – Seattle Dancer, a half brother to Seattle Slew that sold for $13.1 million in 1985.
Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown purchased the 700-acre farm from Carl Pollard in 2010. Pollard had continued to operate Hermitage under a lease agreement that ended a few weeks ago. Wilson and Brown indicated that they also hope to make the farm a tourist destination by hosting guests in the farmhouse and revamping a barn in order to host events such as weddings.
Wilson and Brown, who own and operate the 21c Museum Hotels, also plan to open an restaurant in an old dairy barn.
“Oldham County is a travel destination I think yet undiscovered,” Wilson told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “It's as beautiful as any a place you can go. We want to create an authentic Kentucky experience at Hermitage. … We want to expand the opportunities for the public to be able to enjoy the farm.”