House was built around 1835. The builder is unknown. The second
owners were Francis Asbury Smith and Louise Thomas Smith.
Francis owned a local general merchandise store and a meat
packing plant. During the Civil War the house was occupied by
senior officers of both the Union and Confederate armies.
Confederate General Braxton Bragg lived in the house after the
Battle of Munfordville and Union General Don Carlos Buell is
said to have occupied the house as his headquarters while
preparing for the advance south.
John Hunt Morgan is also said to have used a room in the house
for an office.
In 1889 the Smith family moved to Missouri and around 1900 the
house was purchased by Judge D.A. McCandless. He spent about
$5,000 “modernizing” the Smith Home. He built the concrete and
tile front porch and added hardwood flooring.
The house was noted at the time for the Corinthian porch columns
and rounded front doorway. It is considered a great example of
the Kentucky frontier style.
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