Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with George Geoghegan III, January 29, 2014

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:00 - Introduction and family background

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Partial Transcript: My name is George Geoghegan. Uh, the date is January the, uh, 29th--(laughs)--um, 2014 and we're in the foyer of the T.B. Ripy Home.

Segment Synopsis: George Geoghegan III is introduced. He talks about his family lineage, and his relation to T.B. Ripy. He talks about his career, and education at Vanderbilt and the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Betty Ripy; College education; Elizabeth Ballard; George Geoghegan II; George Geoghegan IV; Jeff Geoghegan; Lawyers; Parents; Sons; T.B. Ripy; T.B. Ripy House; Thomas Beebe Ripy; Tom B. Ripy; University of Kentucky; Vanderbilt University; William Ripy

Subjects: Education, Higher; Families.; Genealogy.; Lawrenceburg (Ky.)

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:03:15 - Foyer of the T.B. Ripy House

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Partial Transcript: My name is George Geoghegan. Uh, the date is January the, uh, 29th--(laughs)--um, 2014 and we're in the, um, foyer of the T.B. Ripy Home.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan describes the foyer of the T.B. Ripy House. He talks about the remodeling that has occurred to the building over the years, and how it has been modernized with electricity and running water. He describes features like chandeliers, woodwork, fireplaces, and stained glass windows, and talks about the planetary theme throughout the house.

Keywords: Basements; Bourbon barrels; Chandeliers; Construction; Fireplaces; Foyers; Grandfathers; Mantles; Motifs; Planets; Porches; Remodeling; Running water; Stained glass windows; T.B. Ripy; T.B. Ripy House; William Ripy; Woodwork

Subjects: Dwellings--Remodeling.; Families.; Historic buildings.; Lawrenceburg (Ky.); Prohibition.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:08:20 - Dining room and parlor of the T.B. Ripy House

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Partial Transcript: Okay we're rolling.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan describes another room of the T.B. Ripy House and several of its features, including stained glass windows and ceiling moldings. He recounts memories of his family socializing together in the dining room. He describes remodeling the various rooms, and talks more about the parlor and its planetary theme. He talks about the pianos that were once in the parlor and the music room.

Keywords: Animals; Baby grand pianos; Butlers pantry; Ceiling moldings; Chandeliers; Children; Dining room tables; Dining rooms; Floors; Grandfathers; Grape theme; Great grandmothers; Kitchens; Library; Mantles; Music room; Parlor rooms; Planets; Radios; Renovation; Servers; Silver tumblers; Stained glass windows; Steinway grand pianos; T.B. Ripy House; Water damage; William Ripy; Wooden blocks; Woodwork

Subjects: Childhood; Dwellings--Remodeling.; Families.; Genealogy.; Historic buildings.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)

Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:18:34 - Waterfill and Frazier Distillery Company tray

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Partial Transcript: If you'd stand next to him--

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan and Tom Ripy display a tray advertising the Waterfill and Frazier Distillery Company from the period when the company was distilling in Mexico due to Prohibition. They talk about a photograph taken at a tennis court around 1910.

Keywords: Bermudez family; Bullfighting; Dowling family; Juarez, Mexico; Photographs; Spanish language; Tennis courts; Tom B. Ripy; Trays; Waterfill and Frazier Distillery Company

Subjects: Distilleries--Kentucky; Distillers.; Families.; Genealogy.; Prohibition.; Whiskey industry

GPS: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Map Coordinates: 31.739444, -106.486944
00:22:59 - T.B. Ripy's office

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Partial Transcript: This room looks like what it looked like when we bought it.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan describes a room that has not yet been repaired, and talks about the damage that the room has incurred. He displays an intercom system between the room and the butlers pantry, and talks about the fireplace mantle.

Keywords: Butlers pantry; Ceiling molding; Exhibits; Fireplaces; Gutters; Intercom systems; Leaks; Mantles; Offices; T.B. Ripy; Wainscoting

Subjects: Dwellings--Remodeling.; Historic buildings.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:27:25 - Back foyer and stairway

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Partial Transcript: This is the back foyer or back hall.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan describes the back foyer of the T.B. Ripy House, and points out the butlers pantry that leads to the kitchen. He shows the staircase leading to the upper floors, and talks about riding down the banister during his childhood. He talks about more changes former owners have made to the house.

Keywords: Archways; Back foyers; Back halls; Bathrooms; Butlers pantry; Chandeliers; Kitchens; Mahogany; Mantles; Motifs; Planets; Restrooms; Stained glass windows; Stairways; Wainscoting; Woodwork

Subjects: Childhood; Dwellings--Remodeling.; Historic buildings.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:31:16 - Bedrooms

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Partial Transcript: --when, when they were here.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan describes several bedrooms in the upper floor of the T.B. Ripy House. He talks about the alcoves which are present in the room and also in the basement of the house. He talks about his great aunt, Artemesia Ripy, to whom one of the bedrooms belonged. He talks about a bathroom that was added to the house, and displays his grandfather's bedroom.

Keywords: Alcoves; Armoires; Artemesia Ripy Gaines; Back foyers; Basements; Bathrooms; Bathtubs; Butlers pantry; Chandeliers; Changes; Closets; Fires; Floors; Furnaces; Gas lighting; Grandfathers; Great aunts; Stained glass windows; Stairways; Turrets; Victorian era; Woodwork

Subjects: Dwellings--Remodeling.; Families.; Genealogy.; Historic buildings.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)

Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:39:07 - Dowling Hall

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Partial Transcript: And tell me what we're looking outside at.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan describes the building across the street from the T.B. Ripy House, Dowling Hall. He talks about John Dowling's business partnership with T.B. Ripy, and the distilleries and mills they operated.

Keywords: Barrels; Chandeliers; Clover Bottom Distillery; Dowling Hall; Dowling family; Funeral homes; John Dowling; Mary Dowling; Roller mills; Stuart Gordon; T.B. Ripy; Waterfill family

Subjects: Distilleries--Kentucky; Distillers.; Dwellings--Remodeling.; Families.; Historic buildings.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)

Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:45:48 - Third floor

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Partial Transcript: And we can go up if you all want.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan talks about the third floor of the T.B. Ripy House, including the windows, gas and water supply, and some antique items stored in the room. He talks about ghost tours that have been conducted at the house, and tells a story about someone claiming that the house is haunted. He talks about the house's widow's walk. He talks about when the stained glass windows were put in, and the style of the house.

Keywords: Artisans; Balcony; Carbide gas tanks; Chandeliers; Chimneys; Feather dusters; Fires; Flint, Michigan; Gas lights; Haunted; Ladders; Light bulbs; Mantles; Newel posts; Stained glass windows; Stairways; Styles; Towers; Ventilators; Water supply; Widows walk

Subjects: Dwellings--Remodeling.; Ghosts.; Historic buildings.

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)

Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556
00:55:51 - Funding for remodeling the T.B. Ripy House

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Partial Transcript: All the way up. It didn't look like there was anything wrong.

Segment Synopsis: Geoghegan talks about how the remodeling has been funded so far. He talks about his dream of receiving funding to renovate the house into a bed and breakfast for tourists visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. He tells a humorous story about the overgrowth that surrounded the house when he first purchased it. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Bed and breakfasts; Bourbon whiskey; Bushes; Columns; Fundraising; Kentucky Bourbon Trail; Lawrenceburg (Ky.); Money; Overgrowth; Replacing; Tom B. Ripy; Trees

Subjects: Dwellings--Remodeling.; Historic buildings.; Tourism; Whiskey industry--Kentucky

GPS: T.B. Ripy House (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)

Map Coordinates: 38.0325, -84.895556