GOSHEN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Set back from the road off of Highway 42 in the farmlands of Goshen, there's a scenic horse farm that hosts weddings and parties.

On Thursday, the owners of Hermitage Farm announced it will be preserved and turned into a tourist destination.

“One third of Hermitage’s 687 acres will be placed in conservation easement,” project manager Haviland Argo said.  “[It will celebrate] three of Kentucky's signature industries: food, bourbon and horses.”

The hay loft in one of the barns will continue to be used for big parties, while the space below will turn into a farm-to-table restaurant.

The food that will be served is grown at Hermitage or at other farms nearby.

“There is no place in Kentucky or the world where you can go see so much in one location,” Hermitage owner Steve Wilson said.

The idea is to bring everything "Kentucky" to one farm.

"If we have people who are coming to Louisville and want to see all of it in one spot, this is where you'll have to go," Wilson said. 

The farm is “home to the 1953 Kentucky Derby winner, Dark Star,” Argo said.

“We want to have a very sophisticated tasting room, probably [another barn],” Wilson said.

Construction on the restaurant will start in the spring with hopes to open in the next year and a half. 

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