The Joseph. C. Hughes House is a large, well-kept frame L-plan house of the late 19th century, with Folk Victorian detailing. Extending across the lateral block is an intricate spindlework porch bearing a spindled frieze with semicircular adornments. The facade gables wear ornate bargeboards and are topped by lightning rods. Historic farm buildings include a transverse gable stock barn with double entry bays, a three-door corncrib, and a smokehouse.
Joseph C. Hughes, one of the major landowners of the Union-Richwood area, owned five large farms along the Louisville Turnpike (now U.S. 42). He also donated the land for the Hughes Chapel Methodist Church (now demolished) near Beaver Lick.