Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark on 55 acres of the original 694 acre farm established by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. William Croghan was the brother-in-law and surveying partner of George Rogers Clark, founder of Louisville and Revolutionary War hero. George Rogers Clark spent the last nine years of his life at Locust Grove, from 1809 until his death in 1818.

Locust Grove also hosted three U.S. Presidents, Monroe, Jackson and Taylor, and was a stopping point for famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark upon their return from their expedition to the Pacific. In addition, Locust Grove was home to numerous enslaved African-Americans who lived and worked on the farm and contributed to its success. Locust Grove tells the story of George Rogers Clark, early Kentucky history, western expansion and everyday life on the frontier.

Above, portrait of George Rogers Clark by Matthew Jouett courtesy of The Filson Historical Society

Locust Grove is owned by Louisville Metro Government and operated by Historic Locust Grove, Inc.

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 9, 10, & 11
Gardeners’ Fair and Silent Auction

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This annual event offers visitors the chance to purchase flowers, herbs, and plants, along with a variety of tools, plant accessories, and artistic and practical gardening items. Among other delightful finds are wrought iron sculptures, water gardens, antique yard furniture, and many other creative and useful outdoor delights. The Silent Auction is a fundraiser for Locust Grove, with scores of offerings from antiques, quilts and other handiwork to art, gardening accessories, and valuable gift certificates. Bidding closes at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. General admission to the event, which includes a tour of the historic house museum, is $6, or $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Admission is good for all three days.



Rediscover
Locust Grove

It's spring on the beautiful 55-acre grounds of Locust Grove, with gardens, historic stone walls, fields, woods, and outbuildings. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, without charge.

The main house at Locust Grove has undergone a complete interior re-restoration over the past three years. Based on new research in paint analysis and new documentary findings, the early paint layers have been reproduced and the house shines with verdigris, glows with ochre and rose-colored paints, with period wallpaper and carpeting in several rooms. Originally restored and furnished in the 1960s, this restoration includes a new look at room uses and furnishings, and how the Croghans’ extended household lived in the new nation.

A significant feature of the restoration is the custom wallpaper reprinted for Locust Grove by Adelphi Wall Hangings: the French firm of Reveillon’s Arabesque design, found in the House and recreated as one of the most complex printing jobs ever undertaken by Adelphi.

Tours are offered every hour: 10:15; 11:15; 12:15; 1:15; 2:15 and 3:15 daily; Sunday at 1:15; 2:15 and 3:15.


Here's the new marker for the graves of the Croghan family at Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery. The plaque was put up by the Kentucky Historical Society with funding from the Fincastle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Historic Locust Grove, Inc. It marks the graves of William and Lucy Croghan, their children John, Nicholas, Edmund, and Eliza, daughter-in-law Mary Croghan and her infant child, and servant Mrs. McSorley and child. All of these burials were moved from the family cemetery at Locust Grove in the early 20th century. To find the gravesite at Cave Hill, turn left just past the main entrance and continue to take every left hand fork, following the cemetery's northwest wall, until you come to the gravesite, off the road to the right.


Slave Life at Locust Grove
Exhibit Room
on the Grounds
As part of a long-term effort to research and present the life of the enslaved African-Americans who lived and worked at Locust Grove, we have designated the outbuilding known as the “Residence” as a re-creation of a slave dwelling of the period in the first decades of the 19th century when the Croghans and George Rogers Clark lived at Locust Grove.

This structure, a single room and loft, is the center section of the outbuilding row directly east of the main House, between the kitchen and the smoke house. This room was probably NOT originally used as a slave residence, but as either a residence for an overseer or caretaker, or perhaps even as the laundry for the site. However, in the absence of an original or reconstructed slave house on the site, using this room allows us to discuss and interpret the living and working space of an enslaved family.

We will present the space as the workroom of Locust Grove’s seamstress and shoemaker, who would use both the downstairs room (with a fireplace) and the upstairs unheated loft.

The Slave Residence room itself is included in all regular tours of the site.


A Country Worth Defending
Land & Family in Early Kentucky

Locust Grove's permanent exhibit

This exhibit focuses on the interpretation of the American Revolution in the West and the people who settled and built this region. It includes the surveying work of George Rogers Clark, Louisville’s founder, and his brother-in-law, William Croghan, who built Locust Grove, including a recreated surveyors’ office exhibit in the 1810 log building.

Other sections of the exhibit look at the interactions of the Croghan family and their enslaved workers in the daily life of an early Kentucky farm.


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Summer Camp registration is now open!

Closed May 4th - DERBY DAY

Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 9, 10, & 11
Gardeners’ Fair and Silent Auction
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
See description on the left.

Wednesday, June 4
Afternoon Lecture Series
1:00 pm

Undressing the Historical Lady — An Encore Lecture!
Maggie Waterman Roberts, historical costume expert, is “undressing” again for lecture-goers. If you missed her performance last year —here’s your chance to see this delightfully entertaining program about the fashion and clothing of the Regency Era (1800-1820; also called the Federal Era in America). Mrs. Roberts starts her talk fully dressed in the clothing of the period. Then, as she removes each layer of clothing, she shares the origins, purposes, and historical anecdotes for each successive article. (Suitable for all audiences.)

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 PM. Admission is $5, $3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

Saturday, June 7 through Sunday June 29, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Museum Store Sale
Huge inventory reduction sale. You’ll receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases. We’d rather sell it than count it! The museum store carries a wide array of books, toys, stationary and Kentucky-made crafts. The museum store is open Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 29
Summer Antiques Market
10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

This annual Antiques Market features professional dealers from the South and Midwest displaying their wares on the lawn at Locust Grove. In addition to American country antiques, the show features formal furniture, books, textiles, jewelry, and silver. Admission is $6 ($3 for children 6-12). Admission includes tours of the historic house museum. Concessions are available. Proceeds support the continued operation and preservation of Locust Grove.

Wednesday, July 2, 1:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series
Michael Ramsey
The First Oval Office Project

Michael Ramsey will discuss his experiences working with the prestigious First Oval Office Project. This project was a partnership between the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Museum of the American Revolution, which undertook the task of researching, documenting, and recreating a copy of the wartime private office and sleeping marquee of General George Washington.  You will learn about the 237-year history of the original artifact and be able to see and feel examples of the various textiles that went into its recreation.

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 PM. Admission is $5, $3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

 

 


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