The story of a forgotten America.

Duncan Hall

Duncan Hall is a burned, abandoned residence once owned by Major Green Duncan south of Bloomfield, Kentucky.

Constructed in the mid-1850s 3 by Billy Riggs, Billy Goodin, and Batcheldor, Major Green Duncan owned the Federal style house. 1 Duncan served in the state legislature and as sheriff for Nelson County. He was also a depot agent at Bloomfield for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad’s Bloomfield Branch. 2

Duncan Hall was constructed with walls four bricks thick that were manufactured on site and from lumber that was cleared when the farm was developed. The house contained eight rooms measuring 20-foot-square with 13-foot ceilings, two large hallways, and a kitchen in a rear ell. 1 Slave quarters were located across the road.

Duncan Hall was abandoned in the early 1990s. A lightning strike on August 2, 2009, sparked a fire that engulfed the entire residence in flames. 3



  1. Smith, Sarah B. “Duncan Hall.” Historic Nelson County, Its Homes and Peoples. Bardstown: n.p., 1983. 177. Print. Excerpt.
  2. “.” Kentucky Standard 12 April 1906. 02 Dec. 2009. pp. 162.
  3. “Lightning strike may have sparked fire that razed historic Bloomfield home.” Nelson County Gazette. N.p., 13 Aug. 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2009. Article.


Add Yours →

Saw this today, no roof or Windows. What A shame. I posted a picture on Instagram of it, it’s @heyitsdylanburden. I hope it sells someday.

But this home was not abandoned in the early 90’s. It was owned by the mother of the late Joe “buzz” and after her passing Joe owned it. It was struck by lightning right before his passing in 2009. I’m guessing it is still owned by his family today.

Thank you so much for posting this. Although I live in Texas, my husband’s family is from the Bardstown area, and my father in law lives in Bloomfield. I’ve loved this house since I first saw it in the early 90s. As the years passed, we’d drive by it everytime we visited Kentucky. My heart sank as I watched it decline over the years. When my father in law told me it had been destroyed by fire, my dreams of exploring the grand old house were gone too. This house has always called to me in a way I can’t explain. I’m sure if walls could talk it would speak of the families who called it home. Of women who lovingly cared for it, babies who were born there and people who died there. I’d love to know more about it.

My husband and I just visited in Feb. 11. Much worse for the wear. No roofs on any of the structures.

Leave your comment!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Introducing the new 2024 Abandoned Kentucky calendar, a captivating journey through the hidden gems of the Bluegrass State.