Midlane Farm built around 1820 is the Home of Chas and Kim Laramore-Stephens. Lovingly maintained and restored, by Chas and Kim and the generations preceding them, the home nestled on two acres of urban ground has always been owned by the family (Hikes, Hunsinger, and Stephens). Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1970 the home is full of Louisville and Kentucky history which Chas and Kim gladly share with their many guests.
If you are traveling to Louisville on business or pleasure or simply passing through, you would be welcome at Midlane Farm. We book exclusively through Airbnb. If you are not a member of Airbnb join, it’s the best way to get to know a community while traveling, period.
We offer accommodations for both the wayfaring traveler and larger groups.
Midlane Farm can accommodate up to 50 people inside the home and up to 200 including the house and grounds. More than 50 guests typically require the rental of a tent. We only book one wedding per weekend allowing for a relaxed time for the parties involved. All are welcome, please contact us for more details and availability.
Midlane Farm is an ideal place for corporate functions, bridal showers, baby showers, anniversary parties, celebrations of life, class reunions or just a plain old fashion picnic or BBQ among friends. Just a few, no problem, up to 200, no problem. Contact us to discuss the details.
George Hikes came to Louisville about 1790 from Lancaster County Pa. Traveling down the Ohio River via flatboat he brought with him his wife Barbara Oleweiler. They settled on land given to Hikes for his service in the revolution as a Colonel. They built a home of which a portion still stands today just off Hikes Lane. The land was rich and suitable for farming and their endeavors began.
Midlane Farm has been updated over its almost 200 years but never been altered in any drastic fashion. The back and side porches were an addition in about 1870, electrical was brought in around the turn of the century, coal then oil heat was added in the 1920’s, indoor plumbing was added in 1948. All of these systems were completely updated in 1983 when Barbara and Ed Stephens did a major renovation to the home. The historical integrity of the home was preserved during the process, all of the windows, doors, moldings, plaster and general look of the house is very much as it would have been centuries ago.
Chas and Kim continue to add their touches to the home making it inviting and comfortable for visitors and guests alike. Come by for a visit and experience an historical Louisville time capsule of one of the oldest families in the Louisville area.
In the Fall of 2013 Chas and Kim decided that it was time to share more of Midlane Farm with not only our local community but our national and global communities as well. Stay with us sometime! We book for overnight stays exclusively through Airbnb, please visit the link and check out our many 5 star reviews. We always offer a glass of wine or drink of bourbon to our guests and Kim will always have a breakfast for you (let us know if you have any dietary restrictions). If you want some stories let Chas know (he is more than happy to share). If you just want to be by yourself we are more than happy with that as well!
Chas Stephens is the Great, Great, Great Grandson of George Hikes Jr. who built Midlane Farm in 1820 and the present caretaker and owner of Midlane Farm. Chas’ focus at Midlane Farm is the management of the outside grounds, gardens and buildings. A life-long Louisvillian Chas is passionate about the community in which he lives. Chas’ love of sharing Louisville, is evidenced by his excitement to show off all that Louisville has to offer. Steeped in the Southern tradition Chas always has a welcoming hand.
Kim was born in Beaumont Texas and grew up in Biloxi and Gautier Mississippi, Atlanta Georgia, Crossville Tennessee, and Louisville Kentucky. Kim is the Southern Lady to the core. She is the hostess who wrote the book. Kim’s focus at Midlane Farm is the interior, keeping the linens, housewares and home furnishings in order as well as all of the other chores that it takes to keep the inside of a 200 year old home looking good and ready for guests.
Would recommend Mildlane to anyone especially w/young children. They totally immerced themselves w/n my grand daughter's, schedule and her needs. . very trusting, loving. go and enjoy Louisville, my grand daughter did.
We had a wonderful time meeting and staying with Chas and Kim. They were quick in their communication and were able to give us a great recommendation for the dinner. The hospitality, the breakfast, the basil, and the salad greens were all wonderful! The room is cute, comfy, and private. Our dogs are already sad to leave Rufus and their lovely yard!
Andrea and Alek
We had the most lovely stay at Midlane Farm! From the amazing backyard and our own private room to the delicious breakfasts (never had bacon so good!) The Stephens' really know how to welcome you with southern hospitality and charm.
I had a wonderful time at this historic hide-away in Louisville. Chas and Kim go above and beyond when it comes to hospitality. I enjoyed some lovely meals with them, a great tour of the city and chats by the fireplace. They are very warm, friendly people and have a beautiful home.
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