Hall State Historic Site was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903),
emancipationist, newspaper publisher, and friend to Abraham Lincoln. Clay was born in 1810, the son of a prominent
slave-holding family. Educated at
Clay began a political career in the 1830s, winning election to the Kentucky
General Assembly. He became known as a
gifted orator, often making bold and inflammatory statements on the subject of
slavery. In 1845, Clay founded the True
American, an antislavery newspaper published in
Clay’s brashness created many enemies in the commonwealth and beyond, and he was often subjected to violence. Clay brawled and dueled on many occasions, often suffering serious wounds but always recovering to resume his outspoken ways.
Today, White Hall is interpreted by the Kentucky Department of Parks. The house is decorated with period furnishings and authentic artifacts from the nineteenth century, including many items related to Abraham Lincoln.