Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
The Farnsley-Moremen house and surrounding Riverside farm in southwestern Jefferson County are reminders of both the county’s agricultural heritage and the importance of the river to Louisville’s growth. Farm owner Gabriel Farnsley built the house around 1837 and established a boat landing for trading his crops with passing riverboats. He also operated a ferry to get people and goods to and from Harrison County, Indiana.
In 1862, the property was purchased by the Moremen family. They expanded the land holdings and continued to trade with boats, offering homemade soap and other household products. The Moremens named the place Riverside and owned it for more than 120 years.
Today, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing is a 300-acre historic site operated by Louisville Metro government. The Jefferson Fiscal Court purchased the land and house—one of the few remaining 19th-century houses in that part of the county—in 1988 and began a project to restore the main house and build historically accurate replicas of outbuildings. Visitors can tour the house and grounds, take in a concert or other event, or board the Spirit of Jefferson steamboat for a river journey.