William Tarr House

Residential / Kentucky

The William Tarr House, the homestead of A.J. Hitt and William Tarr, is an abandoned antebellum near Millersburg, Kentucky.

A.J. Hitt, an operator of a flour and grist mill in Millersburg from 1865 to 1866, 1 constructed an elaborate Federal style residence south of the city. It featured fine Flemish-bond brickwork and extensive wood paneling. Circa 1877, William Tarr, a farmer, distiller, and an astute businessman, purchased the Hitt residence and renovated it to incorporate Italianate styling. Tarr, who had worked with Hibler and George C. White in the Chicken Cock Distillery in nearby Paris in the 1860s. By 1877, Tarr was the proprietor of the Ashland Distilling Company in Lexington.

The William Tarr house was occupied until circa 1985. 1


  1. Langsan, Walter E., and William Gus Johnson. Historic Architecture of Bourbon County, Kentucky. N.p.: Historic Paris-Bourbon County, Inc., 1985. 99.