Phillips Folly

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227 Sutton Street
Maysville, KY 41056


Private residence.
Viewed from outside on the Downtown Historic Walking Tour

Original structure began in 1825 by Wm. B. Phillips, the 2nd mayor of Maysville.

It was the largest home in town with 12 rooms and 6 bedrooms built on a dry foundation of stones set without mortar. Phillips ran out of money during construction and disappeared.

The house became known as Phillip’s Folly. It is said he won enough money gambling in New Orleans to complete the home in 1831. John Armstrong bought the home in 1838 and is said to haunt the upstairs front porch with his Newfoundland dog.

According to oral history, runaway slaves were held in a wooden cell on the lower level and the house has also been a stop on the Underground Railroad. The cell is also thought to have been the town jail at one time.

In 2011 Phillips Folly became world known when the Travel Channel brought the Ghost Adventurers show to film the mysteries of this location. Since then, hundreds of people across the globe have visited Phillips Folly in hope of catching a glimpse of one of its ghosts.