Last spring, my mom, my sister and I headed out for our own quilt shop hop. A shop hop is when you hop from one quilt shop to another. Sometimes, the shops plan these hops but this was one we girls planned as a way to check out a few quilt shops in the Cincinnati, Lexington areas.
We were in Burlington, Kentucky and spent some time at a teeny tiny quilt shop that made me feel very claustrophobic. I survived and even purchased a bit of fabric. Maybe that is the intent of the shop owner, make you feel so squeezed in that you feel as if you should buy something to make more room for the poor gal.
While in Burlington, we ate at a fabulous restaurant, Washington Square. We had read about another restaurant, Tousey House Tavern, but they had a waiting list and we were too hungry to wait. Washington Square offered awesome food and the atmosphere was fun. I vowed to bring my husband to this restaurant if ever given the chance.
On our way home from my sister’s house, where we celebrated Thanksgiving, we took a slight detour to Burlington, Kentucky. This wasn’t planned but we weren’t in a hurry so off we went. Do you think I could remember the name of the restaurant that had struck me as fabulous? My brain was like one of those refurbished computers that was missing a few parts! Anyway, we ended up at Tousey House Tavern! The restaurant I had wanted to try! All was good.
I suppose, everyone was home, eating leftovers because we had the place to ourselves. The food was delicious and not expensive. I loved learning a bit about the history of the place.
In 1817, Erastus Tousey purchased the land where the house sits now. The federalist style home was built in 1822. Mr. Tousey and his wife, Catharine, had six children. They built up an extensive estate that included properties in Kentucky, Kansas and Iowa.
The Tousey House has been many things over the years…home; tavern and livery; hotel; boarding house; gift shop; consignment shop; and restaurant.
The history of the families who lived in this beautiful house was heartwarming. It is hard to believe that there was a 10 year period when the house sat empty. Thankfully, it was restored and brought back to its former glory.
If you ever have a chance, visit Burlington, Kentucky.