Samuel Culbertson Mansion Bed and Breakfast
Samuel A. Culbertson was a leader at Churchill Downs during what is considered the track’s golden years. He began his affiliation in 1919, serving on the board of directors and eventually taking the reigns in 1928.
In this segment, "Louisville Life" visits the old Kentucky home of this former Churchill Downs president, which is now bed and breakfast in the Victorian Old Louisville neighborhood. We learn a bit of history about the Culbertson family and their famous guests; plus tour the grand home where a beloved Derby tradition was dreamed up.
Rudy Van Meter has owned the Samuel Culbertson Mansion for more than 30 years and has operated the bed and breakfast for nearly 15.
The mansion has only had three owners, since it was built by Samuel Culbertson in 1897.
At the time that Rudy purchased the property it had been divided into 17 individual living units. Because the architectural integrity of the mansion had been left intact, Rudy was able to return the home to nearly original condition.
Then Samuel Culbertson Mansion has over 40 rooms.
The influence of the Culbertson family can be felt on both sides of the Ohio River.
Learn about William S. Culbertson, Samuel's father, and his historic home in New Albany, In., here.
Another very important figure in Kentucky Derby history is Matt Winn, a contemporary of Samuel Culbertson. His story can be found in our Season Three Et Cetera segment.
- Program 518
- "Louisville Life" saddles up for a special Derby edition! We visit the home of a former Churchill Downs president, which is now a bed and breakfast. Plus, Derby artwork, shoes to spur-on dedicated Derby marathoners and more! (#518)