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_ TOUR THROUGH THE OLD CAPITOL BUILDING The stately O1.n C{\i’I']`OL, standing in what was in 1827 the very heart of Frankfort, is little changed in appearance since j the early days when history was being made there. Acquired by 2 the State Historical Society in 1920 a11d converted to its present -· use as a museum, the building contains a. wide variety of antiq- uities, including military relics, historical paintings, documents, V costumes, weapons, and household gear. A massive double door, set within a broad, classically de- signed portico, gives entrance to the building. The floors of the Q wide hall are ot "Kentucky River marble," polished by more than a century ot use. Ou the walls hang paintings which recall Kentucky’s historic past. Among these is a portrait of Landon Sneed, by Chester Harding, Massachusetts portrait painter who spent several years in Kentucky; Nicola Marschall`s copy of the portrait of Daniel Boone by Harding; a portrait of Richard Meni- fee. said to be by Oliver Frazer. a pupil of Matthew Harris Jouett, p Kentucky’s "old Q\laster"; portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, by unidentified artists; and a painting of the dramatic Simon ]\j(’7ltO‘}l`·S‘ Ride by Walcutt. Facing the entrance is a. brass cannon, first captured at the Battle of Saratoga, later lost to the British by Hull’s surrender of Detroit during the War of 1812, and recaptured by Kentucky troops at the Battle of the Thames. Just back of the cannon is a multi-barreled gun called a "street sweeper", used during the E War between the States. if Rooms open on each side of the hall, that on the left leading g to the Lriziuiar (open to rcscurtzlz. ioorkcrs), containing about `? nine thousand volumes, many of them now extremely rare. § Among these is the Stephenson collection, presented to the His- torical Society by Misses Mary and Martha Stephenson, in mem- ' ory of their brother, the late W. XV. Stephenson, historian of Mercer County; the Lewis Jones Library, containing rare Eng- lish genealogical material; and the Willard Rouse Jillson collec— tion of historical publications, including maps of the Kentucky Geological Survey. In addition there are many bound volumes - of important newspapers ot Kentucky and valuable source 1nate— rial contained in copies of tombstone inscriptions and Bible rec- ords. The society adds from time to time publications of other i it 17 \ P i