Points of Interest

Butler-Turpin HouseButler-Turpin House, State Historic House

This home is located in General Butler State Resort Park. Philip Turpin married Mary Ellen Butler. Philip purchased 126 acres of land from William O. Butler, Mary Ellen’s famous uncle (for whom the Park is named), in 1859. This land was a part of the original family farm, Butler’s Grove. Philip and Mary Ellen then began to build their Greek revival home, which was completed that year. Thomas Butler, Mary Ellen’s father lived with them in the home. Mary Ellen died in 1860.  Visit the General Butler State Resort Park Lodge Front Desk or call 502-732-4384 to inquire about tour times and to purchase tickets.  To set up a large group tour e-mail butlerturpintours@gmail.com.

Butler Family Cemetery

The Butler Family Cemetery is located to the east of the Butler-Turpin House.  The Cemetery has recently undergone restoration.  Pierce Percival Butler’s original log cabin was located north of the Cemetery.  Hopes are to build a replica of the cabin on the original site.

General Butler State Resort Park and Conference Center

General Butler LodgeOne of the Kentucky State Park System’s finest resort parks, General Butler State Resort Park is a diamond in a wooded setting. Paying tribute to one of Kentucky’s foremost military families, the Park is the perfect blend of modern comfort and rich historic atmosphere.

Visit the Lodge, which sets on the “hilltop”. The Lodge offers a warm glow of polished brass and rich woodwork, illuminated through the arched windows by the sun’s rays or from a crackling fire in the stone fireplace. Each of the 53 guest rooms feature a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool or woods.

The Cottages – 24 in number vary in contemporary or traditional.  Each has a balcony or patio. Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided.

The Campgrounds feature 111 campsites with utility hookups and grills. Showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities are available at two central service buildings.

The Lodge offers 176-seat dining room – with a breathtaking view of the Ohio River Valley.

DSCN0020The Conference Center is perfect for both business and social events.  It features a covered outdoor terrace, a gas fireplace, exposed wood tresses with concealed lighting, and a full kitchen for banquets. The Conference Center can be separated into three sections.  Seating capacities are 700 people for theatre style seating or for banquet style seating 400 people.

Visit and enjoy the following:

  • The Butler Turpin Historic Site
  • The Overlook or Lookout
  • Paddle Boating
  • Swimming
  • Nature Trails (4 trails totaling 7 miles)
  • Athletic Recreation Areas
  • Planned Recreation and Events
  • Picnic Shelters and Playgrounds
  • Fishing in the Lake
  • Miniature Golf
  • Volleyball, Basketball & Tennis Courts
  • Kentucky Veterans Memorial.


Overlook GBSRP 2General Butler State Resort Park Overlook

This spot located at the tallest point in Carroll County is the ideal setting to watch the sun rise and set. From this beautifully and lovingly built stone structure, built by the CCC’s during the depression, locals and visitors alike are amazed at the wonder of the Ohio River Valley.

IMG_9999Kentucky Veterans Memorial

Located at the Highway 227 entrance to General Butler State Resort Park. The Kentucky Veterans Memorial is dedicated to all Kentucky Veterans, combat and non-combat; living or deceased. Mr. John Geisler, of Carroll County, and Mr. Jim Sutherland, of Trimble County, designed the Memorial.

In honor of those who served,
In tribute of those who perished,
In gratitude to those now serving.

After six years of planning the Memorial was dedicated on July 4, 2000. The Memorial is nestled among “bricks” purchased for Veterans. Bricks will be available until the approximate 1,300 spots are filled.

This is a most striking sight in the evening. The lighting is absolutely breathtaking. The monuments among the trees are beautiful. Enjoy the hundreds of daffodils that surround the Memorial in the spring.

The Masterson House

Richard and Sarah Masterson, two of the earlier settlers built this home in the fall of 1790. It is the first two-story brick house to be built between Louisville and Cincinnati. It is reported to be the oldest two-story brick house still standing on the Ohio River between Pittsburgh and Cairo, Illinois. Slave labor built the house out of native bricks, laid in Flemish Bond style, burned on the site. This was the first meeting-house for the Methodist Church in this area. Bishop Asbury stayed in this home during his last visit to the Kentucky frontier. The Port William Historic Society owns the house and it was restored in 1980. The house is open to the public and available for special events.

Old Stone JailThe Old Stone Jail

This structure built in 1880 was used as the Carroll County Jail until 1969. The two story building houses a basement used for “solitary confinement”. The first floor originally housed men inmates, the second floor housed women and children. The two stories were identical in structure. Each floor had four cells and a “pot belly” stove for heat. There were small open slits for windows without screen or glass. During the winter months, shutters were placed over the open slots used as windows to keep the elements out.

The Old Stone Jail is open for the public.

Carroll County courthouse April 08Carroll County Courthouse

The present Courthouse was built in 1884. A brass plaque on the interior wall marks the high water level mark during the famous 1937 Flood. Coast Guard boats floated through the halls during the flood until the water became so high that they could not get their boats through the doors. In the mid 1970′s the courthouse added a third floor, an elevator and two additional wings. During the holiday season velvet ribbons and wreaths decorate the thirty two windows of the structure with additional decorations on the two balconies. Two war memorials sit in the square.

Image 26Point Park

Point Park is located at 101 Main Street, the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers.  Point Park is owned and operated by the City of Carrollton.  Amenities include:  boat ramp (no fee), 200′ dock, splash park, sand volleyball, soccer goals, basketball court, skate park, and playground.  Several shelters are available as are restrooms for guests.  Stroll along the river walk with stunning views of both the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers.  Take a break and relax on the swing or one of the various benches stationed along the way.

Much of the early history of Port William centered around the Point and on Water Street (a street between Main Street and the Ohio River – completely washed away at this time). Trappers, traders paddled up and down the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers.

lock #1Kentucky River Lock #1 and Dam

Construction of Carrollton’s Lock #1 began in the 1830s. Lying entirely within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky River is formed at the confluence of its North, Middle and South Forks and drains the timber and coal-rich western slopes of the Kentucky Appalachians. The river flows in a generally northwesterly direction through a steep palisade gorge across the fertile Kentucky bluegrass and snakes through the state capital at Frankfort and empties into the Ohio River at Carrollton. The stone was laid by Irish immigrants. Joseph Barbour Company built the lock and dam. The locks are open on weekends & holidays for boat travel.

Carroll County Tourism Office
515 Highland Ave, Carrollton, KY 41008
(502) 732-7036

Paid in part by the KY Department of Travel & Tourism.