Louisville Magazine

FEB 2019

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gocards.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 27 Photo by Danny Alexander when Kentucky was still part of Virginia. e land (behind what is now Oxmoor Mall) was originally deeded to Col. Wil- liam Christian in 1780 as a grant for ser- vice in the Revolutionary War. Alexander Scott Bullitt married Christian's daughter Priscilla, forming a family that has owned Oxmoor ever since. Over time the farm was parceled among heirs, but in 1906 Marshall Bullitt — who at one point served as solicitor general under Presi- dent William Howard Taft and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court — began reassembling the nucleus of the farm, including the house. Oxmoor is now under the protective wing of the Filson Historical Society. Bullitt collected rare books and treatises on mathematics and astronomy, with 300 famous first editions and rare works housed at the University of Louisville, including titles by or about Newton, Einstein, Euclid, Copernicus and Galileo. Oxmoor has the rest of Bullitt's books, mostly cloth-bound volumes in shades of brown and black, and the occasional vermillion. Filson vice president Julie Scoskie says it's the largest private library in Kentucky. As one would expect, a brass stepladder on wheels provides access to the "stacks." Continued on next page

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