The Presley House, formerly known as The Blackmore House dating back to 1842, is a captivating blend of history and architecture. This colonial revival style home, boasting Louisiana plantation features, occupies a prominent corner at Main and Second in Warsaw, KY, sprawling over half a city block. It holds a distinguished place as a contributing property in the Warsaw Historic District and enjoys a spot on the National Registry of Historic Places, recognized by the United States Department of the Interior.
Originally owned by Thomas Blackmore, the home passed through generations to his great-great grandson, Julian D. Gaines and his family. Mrs. Gaines, described as a true Southern Belle, brought a touch of Savannah, Georgia charm to Warsaw, complete with that quintessential Southern accent.
In 2019, Kent and Lisa Klee arrived in Warsaw, and in 2020, they became the new custodians of The Blackmore House. In 2021, extensive renovations commenced, sparked by Lisa's passion for historic homes. Despite community rumors of impending demolition, through relentless hard work, dedication, and investment, this historic gem now stands as a fully restored event venue. The venue proudly carries the name of Mr. and Mrs. Klee's granddaughter, Presley Reese Toole, who embodies the same beauty and vitality as the house itself.
Now, The Presley House has found its latest stewards in Paul and Britney Mounts, who relocated from Louisiana to Kentucky in February 2023 following Paul's military retirement. Falling in love with the house's irresistible charm during their frequent visits to Warsaw, they knew it was meant to be their new home. Upon meeting Lisa, their connection deepened, cementing their place as the newest owners of The Presley House.
The legacy of this historic home continues to unfold, with a fresh chapter led by Paul and Britney. As they breathe new life into this beloved residence, they, like the previous owners, hope that all who cross its threshold will share in the blessings and grace that have shaped its remarkable history.