Our 250th Year Has Arrived
Ten years before our country was founded, The Homestead opened its doors as a humble, 18-room lodge tucked away in the mountains. Over the past two and a half centuries, the resort has evolved, sharing milestones with America and memories with generations of travelers. Today, The Homestead is an iconic resort encompassing 2,300 acres with 483 guest rooms, numerous dining outlets and more than 30 recreational activities.
Our resort will commemorate the momentous milestone with 366 days of anniversary celebrations, which include afternoon anniversary parties with a different flavored cake each day, a monthly speaker series, fireside chats, historic menu items in the Main Dining Room, special concerts, fireworks displays and much more.
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Throughout the past 250 years, generations of families and associates have made lasting memories here. In 2016, we will honor the past, present and future of America’s first resort and we invite you to be a part of our year-long celebration by sharing your memories of The Homestead. Simply click the link below to submit your chapter* to our resort's legacy.
*Legal disclaimer – By submitting this correspondence to The Omni Homestead, I hereby grant The Omni Homestead the right to use any or all of this information for marketing.
Theme of the Month: Architecture
From the historic Jefferson Pools to the iconic Tower, The Omni Homestead features several architectural styles. The grand columns in the Great Hall, the floor-to-ceiling windows in Jefferson’s and the elegance of the Crystal Room are just a few of the notable design elements that define The Homestead style.
Each week you'll find new facts below pertaining to the events in our history surrounding the month's theme.
Fun Facts of The Week
- After the fire in 1901, all of the new buildings were constructed of Kentucky red brick, limestone and steel, and include every modern non-combustible feature.
- The Homestead’s Tower opened in 1929.
- The Great Hall is over 200 feet long.
- Fred Sterry reorganized The Homestead’s operations to improve service, the quality of cuisine and wines and the furnishings and activities. His magic was exemplified in a new and luxurious West Wing (which burned in 1901), which was connected to The Bath House (today’s spa building) by an indoor walkway. “The New Homestead” opened to much publicity in 1895.
- The West Wing was completed in 1904 and the East Wing was completed in 1914.
- In 1902, The Homestead was fashioned in the most elegant, classical colonial style. Conveniences then rarely seen in the homes of the wealthiest Americans were commonplace at the new Homestead: steam heat in every room, indoor bathrooms with tubs featuring cold and hot running water and even electricity and wallmounted, crank telephones.
- Dr. Thomas Goode brought the elegance of formal dance to The Homestead in the 1830s with the construction of the resort's first ballroom.