1792, Kentucky became the 15th
Shelby was chosen as the first governor.
first General Assembly met in a two-story log building, and the legislators were paid
$1a day for their work.
One of the first things the General Assembly had to
do was select a capital for the new state.
On December 5, 1792, the town of Frankfort was
chosen to be the capital city.
Frankfort offered to provide a building for the
General Assembly to meet in, until it could build a capitol building.
The first two capitol buildings were destroyed by
fire that may have been the result of the candles that were used to light
The first was destroyed in 1813 and the second in
third capitol building was completed in 1830.
Gideon Shryock, a 25-year-old Kentucky man, designed
The General Assembly met in this building from 1830
It is still standing in Frankfort and is now called the Old
It is open for tours, and inside you will find a unique
self-supporting staircase that is the only one of its kind in the world.
fourth and current capitol building was completed in 1910.
Made from marble and granite from all over the world and topped with a
190-foot dome, Kentucky’s capitol
is one of
the most beautiful in the nation.
Inside the Capitol you can find statues of these famous Kentuckians:
Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Henry
Clay, Alben Barkley, and Dr. Ephraim
Behind the Capitol, you will find Kentucky’s floral clock.
Resting over a pool of water, the giant clock is
34 feet across.
It takes more than 10,000 plants to fill the clock.
All are grown in the state’s greenhouses near the
The coins that visitors throw in the pool are collected and used to
benefit young people all across the state.
On the east lawn of the state Capitol, you will find
the Governor’s Mansion.
Since 1914, the mansion has been the home of
Kentucky’s governors and their families.
Capitol, mansion, and floral clock are open for tours year-round.
Assembly meets in the Capitol every year to discuss and pass new laws for