Calendar of Events

07/31/2016
Duel! Clay vs. Wickcliffe at Locust Grove
Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

See a thrilling display of manly valor and cool demeanor as you witness the reenactment of the 1841 confrontation between Cassius Marcellus Clay and Robert Wickliffe Jr. to settle a dispute with pistols at Locust Grove. Learn about what was going on in Louisville and at Locust Grove in the 1840s, and enjoy the grounds and historic home on a relaxed summer afternoon dressed in whatever period you wish, including the present day. Schedule of events: 1:30 pm "1816 to 1841: What they Wore"; 2:00 pm Dancing in the Auditorium (includes lesson), 3:00 pm Lecture: The Burr/Hamilton Duel"; 4:00 pm: CLAY & WICKLIFFE DUEL. Includes a demonstration and discussion of firearms in 1841 as well as a narration and reenactment of the duel itself. Admission $6 adults; $3 children.  

08/03/2016
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Voices from Historical African American Communities near Louisville, Kentucky
-Rita Jones

Louisville, like many cities in the south, was home to many African American neighborhoods and hamlets where residents had shared experiences and family ties. Historian and playwright Carridder “Rita” Jones will share stories from several of these neighborhoods. Much of the information was taken from a series of interviews that she conducted for the Filson Historical Society in 2003.
The communities of LaGrange, Prospect, Harrods Creek, James Taylor Subdivision, Griffytown, Berrytown, Newburg and Jeffersontown have been highlighted in her book.  


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.

08/07/2016
The Hemp Festival: Educate & Cultivate
Sunday, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Learn about the past, present, and future of  hemp cultivation for fiber, fuel, and food. Demonstration of hemp growing, "braking", and spinning, children's activities, and speakers and a Q&A session. Enjoy hemp-based foods at the Hemp Cafe, shop for hemp products from our vendors. Locust Grove has just harvested a first hemp crop and planted a second - see it grow! Sponsored by Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, The Kentucky Hempsters, United Hemp Industries, and Victory Hemp Foods. Admission $5 per car, bikers and walkers free. More here.

08/11/2016
Book Printing, Publishing, and Selling in Early Kentucky
Thursday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Book expert Charles Bartman speaks on book printing, publishing, and selling in early Kentucky. $6 general admission; $3 Locust Grove Members

08/18/2016
Book Sale Preview- Locust Grove Members Only
Thursday, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

(Memberships may be purchased at the door- join and get a first look at the books!) Rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove's semiannual Used Book Sale. More than 20,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including history, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. Illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets at various prices. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

08/19/2016
The Used Book Sale: Friday hours
Friday, 10:00am - 7:00pm

Open to Public: Friday, Aug. 19, 10am – 7:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 10am – 4:30pm. Shelves and rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove’s semiannual Used Book Sale. We expect to have some 22,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including History, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and so much more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. You’ll also find a section of books bargain-priced at $3 to $8, with even more illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets of books at various prices — all of which are still amazing bargains. Book donations accepted daily during open hours year-round. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

08/20/2016 - 08/21/2016
The Summer Used Book Sale: Saturday & Sunday hours
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Open to Public: Friday, Aug. 19, 10am – 7:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 10am – 4:30pm. Shelves and rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove’s semiannual Used Book Sale. We expect to have some 22,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including History, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and so much more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. You’ll also find a section of books bargain-priced at $3 to $8, with even more illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets of books at various prices — all of which are still amazing bargains. On Sunday, all books are at least half-price. Book donations accepted daily during open hours year-round. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

08/20/2016 - 08/21/2016
The Summer Used Book Sale: Saturday & Sunday hours
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Open to Public: Friday, Aug. 19, 10am – 7:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 10am – 4:30pm. Shelves and rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove’s semiannual Used Book Sale. We expect to have some 22,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including History, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and so much more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. You’ll also find a section of books bargain-priced at $3 to $8, with even more illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets of books at various prices — all of which are still amazing bargains. On Sunday, all books are at least half-price. Book donations accepted daily during open hours year-round. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

08/26/2016 - 08/28/2016
“A Comfortable Corset” The New Fashionable Stay of the 19th Century: A Burnley & Trowbridge Hands-On Workshop comes to Locust Grove

The Regency era ushered in a new century of fashion that was striking and comfortable! Creating the proper silhouette for that fashion was a comfortable, easy-to-wear, cord-quilted corset. Join Janea Whitacre, Milliner & Mantua Maker, & Angela Burnley in a two and a half day workshop devoted to creating an early 19th century corset. The design of your corset will be based on an original in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. Participants will work in pairs to measure and help fit each other. We’ll explore hand construction design and techniques. By the end of this workshop participants will have refined the shape of their corset and will be ready to complete the decorative cord quilting. Fabric and busk will be included with the workshop. Participants will be required to have a shift. If you need direction or assistance regarding your shift, please contact Burnley & Trowbridge. This is a Level 2 (intermediate level) Class. You should have produced an article of 19th clothing using a pattern (or draping) and have fitted that piece of clothing. You should have some familiarity with proper 19th century attire. Hand sewing experience is required for this workshop as the entire corset will be assembled and embellished by hand. Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $250.00 which includes materials. Email info@burnleyandtrowbridge.com or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register. More information, including cancellation policies, can be found at http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/thehistoricfashionworkshopseries.aspx. You must contact Burnley & Trowbridge to register for this workshop. There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday. Registration includes a complimentary tour of the house Friday morning. A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions, suggested lodging and details. Class size will be limited to 14 Participants- Our classes fill up quickly so please register early!

08/26/2016 - 08/28/2016
“A Comfortable Corset” The New Fashionable Stay of the 19th Century: A Burnley & Trowbridge Hands-On Workshop comes to Locust Grove

The Regency era ushered in a new century of fashion that was striking and comfortable! Creating the proper silhouette for that fashion was a comfortable, easy-to-wear, cord-quilted corset. Join Janea Whitacre, Milliner & Mantua Maker, & Angela Burnley in a two and a half day workshop devoted to creating an early 19th century corset. The design of your corset will be based on an original in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. Participants will work in pairs to measure and help fit each other. We’ll explore hand construction design and techniques. By the end of this workshop participants will have refined the shape of their corset and will be ready to complete the decorative cord quilting. Fabric and busk will be included with the workshop. Participants will be required to have a shift. If you need direction or assistance regarding your shift, please contact Burnley & Trowbridge. This is a Level 2 (intermediate level) Class. You should have produced an article of 19th clothing using a pattern (or draping) and have fitted that piece of clothing. You should have some familiarity with proper 19th century attire. Hand sewing experience is required for this workshop as the entire corset will be assembled and embellished by hand. Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $250.00 which includes materials. Email info@burnleyandtrowbridge.com or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register. More information, including cancellation policies, can be found at http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/thehistoricfashionworkshopseries.aspx. You must contact Burnley & Trowbridge to register for this workshop. There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday. Registration includes a complimentary tour of the house Friday morning. A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions, suggested lodging and details. Class size will be limited to 14 Participants- Our classes fill up quickly so please register early!

08/26/2016 - 08/28/2016
“A Comfortable Corset” The New Fashionable Stay of the 19th Century: A Burnley & Trowbridge Hands-On Workshop comes to Locust Grove

The Regency era ushered in a new century of fashion that was striking and comfortable! Creating the proper silhouette for that fashion was a comfortable, easy-to-wear, cord-quilted corset. Join Janea Whitacre, Milliner & Mantua Maker, & Angela Burnley in a two and a half day workshop devoted to creating an early 19th century corset. The design of your corset will be based on an original in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. Participants will work in pairs to measure and help fit each other. We’ll explore hand construction design and techniques. By the end of this workshop participants will have refined the shape of their corset and will be ready to complete the decorative cord quilting. Fabric and busk will be included with the workshop. Participants will be required to have a shift. If you need direction or assistance regarding your shift, please contact Burnley & Trowbridge. This is a Level 2 (intermediate level) Class. You should have produced an article of 19th clothing using a pattern (or draping) and have fitted that piece of clothing. You should have some familiarity with proper 19th century attire. Hand sewing experience is required for this workshop as the entire corset will be assembled and embellished by hand. Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $250.00 which includes materials. Email info@burnleyandtrowbridge.com or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register. More information, including cancellation policies, can be found at http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/thehistoricfashionworkshopseries.aspx. You must contact Burnley & Trowbridge to register for this workshop. There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday. Registration includes a complimentary tour of the house Friday morning. A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions, suggested lodging and details. Class size will be limited to 14 Participants- Our classes fill up quickly so please register early!

09/01/2016
Hearth Cooking: An Expanded, Hands on Historic Experience
Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

More in depth and more hands on than anything we have attempted before and you get to enjoy the results. Dig into the food and cooking of 200 years ago and take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience life in the past beyond the gates in Locust Grove’s outbuildings. $30 general admission; $25 Locust Grove members. Limit 16; prepaid reservations absolutely required.

09/07/2016
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Jemima Boone- Life on the Frontier 1762-1834
Presented by Betsy Smith

Jemima Boone, the fourth child of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone, was born in North Carolina, on October 4, 1762. Destined to live a life beyond the borders of civilization, she helped pioneer two American frontiers: Kentucky and Missouri. Typical of pioneers in the era, Boone endured heartbreak and suffering almost unimaginable to modern Americans, One of the most well-known stories to come out of Kentucky's pioneer past involved 14-year-old Jemima. In July 1776, Boone (along with Betsy and Fanny Callaway) was kidnapped by a group of Indians when their canoe mistakenly drifted across the Kentucky River. Her father led a search party that caught up with the Indians and rescued the girls after three days in captivity. Curiously, Boone never spoke unkindly of her captors, seeming to share her father's more respectful, open attitude toward Native Americans despite all the Boones endured.

In 1777, Boone married Flanders Callaway, a union that lasted nearly 50 years. Together with the other settlers at Boonesborough, they endured times of terrible suffering, facing starvation, cold, and the ever-present fear of attack. Boone survived the uncertain years of Kentucky's early settlement only to join the westward migration to Missouri.

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.

This program is underwritten in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council.

09/09/2016
Faces of Freedom – first program – 6 pm
Friday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Faces of Freedom: Preserving Underground Railroad Stories and Preventing Human Trafficking This interactive program showcases a significant and often stereotyped aspect of our nation’s history, the Underground Railroad. As program participants, you will journey through the event as free blacks with freedom papers. You will have returned to the South to meet an enslaved family member, that was left behind, and lead him to freedom. Meet several characters, portrayed by costumed interpreters, who will represent the different groups of people living during that time: slaveholders, Quakers, a bounty hunter, free blacks, and more. Underground Railroad myths and truths will be connected to myths and truths of modern day slavery, human trafficking. It is important to preserve the stories of the past so that we can better understand and address the issues that face us in the present. This program was written and compiled by Locust Grove volunteer and Girl Scout Catherine Bache for her Gold Award Project. The event will be held outside and will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. You will be walking all over the Locust Grove property, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first performance will be before sunset; the second performance will be after sunset and the guests will carry lanterns. Reservations are required and space is limited. Admission: $10.

09/09/2016
Faces of Freedom – second program – 8 pm
Friday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Faces of Freedom: Preserving Underground Railroad Stories and Preventing Human Trafficking This interactive program showcases a significant and often stereotyped aspect of our nation’s history, the Underground Railroad. As program participants, you will journey through the event as free blacks with freedom papers. You will have returned to the South to meet an enslaved family member, that was left behind, and lead him to freedom. Meet several characters, portrayed by costumed interpreters, who will represent the different groups of people living during that time: slaveholders, Quakers, a bounty hunter, free blacks, and more. Underground Railroad myths and truths will be connected to myths and truths of modern day slavery, human trafficking. It is important to preserve the stories of the past so that we can better understand and address the issues that face us in the present. This program was written and compiled by Locust Grove volunteer and Girl Scout Catherine Bache for her Gold Award Project. The event will be held outside and will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. You will be walking all over the Locust Grove property, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first performance will be before sunset; the second performance will be after sunset and the guests will carry lanterns. Reservations are required and space is limited. Admission: $10

09/25/2016
Fall Antiques Market
Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

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, jewelry and silver. A sale of antiquarian books and books for collectors will be held in the auditorium.  Admission is $8 (free for children12 & under). Admission includes tours of the historic house museum. Concessions are available. Proceeds support the continued operation and preservation of Locust Grove.

10/05/2016
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

1816: The Year Without A Summer
-Brian Goode, WAVE 3

1816 was a year full of strange weather patterns. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, with excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern United States and Europe in the summer of 1816. In the U.S., the unseasonable weather lead to food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. However, no one in the 19th century understood that events on the far side of the world were the cause of the global climate change they experienced.

Join WAVE 3 meteorologist Brian Goode as he looks at the strange weather events that took place during the year that came to be known as the year without a summer.

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.

10/25/2016
Frankenstein: A Reading Performance by Kentucky Shakespeare
Tuesday, 7:00pm

Right in time for Halloween, join Kentucky Shakespeare in the great parlor inside Locust Grove's historic home as they bring this classic story to life in a reading performance by R.N. Sandberg. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote and published Frankenstein during the Croghan's occupancy of Locust Grove, making this a perfect melding of worlds to mark the season. Light refreshments provided. Tickets $20 per person or $15 for Locust Grove members; prepaid reservations required. Call (502) 897-9845 to reserve.

10/29/2016 - 10/30/2016
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Notice is herewith given that a Market Fair shall be held at the grounds designated as the seat of Major William Croghan, known as Locust Grove, six miles up-river from the Falls of the Ohio. You are invited to join with Locust Grove and the Illinois Regiment of Virginia as we bring the spirit of the past alive with the Market Fair. You can participate in 18th c. style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th century military and household items, and enjoy food and drink as our founders did, meet and converse with early Americans. Mock battles for our country’s independence feature General George Rogers Clark’s own company, the Illinois Regiment of Virginia, as well as British Dragoons and Marines, and German Hessians. Native Americans will be present as well - whose side will they be on this year? Concessions available, historic and modern. Admission for adults is $8 and children $4. Reenactors only- to register online, go to: https://lghh.wufoo.com/forms/q409tyt15633kt/ Only one registration per military unit, please.    

10/29/2016 - 10/30/2016
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Notice is herewith given that a Market Fair shall be held at the grounds designated as the seat of Major William Croghan, known as Locust Grove, six miles up-river from the Falls of the Ohio. You are invited to join with Locust Grove and the Illinois Regiment of Virginia as we bring the spirit of the past alive with the Market Fair. You can participate in 18th c. style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th century military and household items, and enjoy food and drink as our founders did, meet and converse with early Americans. Mock battles for our country’s independence feature General George Rogers Clark’s own company, the Illinois Regiment of Virginia, as well as British Dragoons and Marines, and German Hessians. Native Americans will be present as well - whose side will they be on this year? Concessions available, historic and modern. Admission for adults is $8 and children $4. Reenactors only- to register online, go to: https://lghh.wufoo.com/forms/q409tyt15633kt/ Only one registration per military unit, please.    

11/02/2016
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Major William Croghan: Irish Warrior- Gwynne Potts
Learn about the life of Locust Grove owner William Croghan. An Irish immigrant, Croghan fought in the Revolutionary War at Trenton and spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge with George Washington and La Fayette before being taken prisoner at Charleston. After the war, Croghan became George Rogers Clark’s deputy surveyor of military lands for the Virginia State line, enabling him to acquire some 54,000 acres on the edge of the American Frontier. His marriage to Lucy Clark, George Rogers’ sister solidified his position in society and eventually brought the aging warrior to the shelter of his large household.


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.

11/03/2016
Shakespeare in the Age of Revolution: 18th Century Performance
Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Kentucky Shakespeare presents a selection of vignettes from Shakespeare's works performed in the style of the Georgian Period that will highlight the vast differences in performance then and now. They will be joined by the family and friends from Locust Grove of 1816, who will be the hosts of this performance and guide the modern audience through their world of 200 years ago. More details to be announced. Program repeated on Nov. 12

11/12/2016
Shakespeare in the Age of Revolution: 18th Century Performance
Saturday, 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Kentucky Shakespeare presents a selection of vignettes from Shakespeare's works performed in the style of the Georgian Period that will highlight the vast differences in performance then and now. They will be joined by the family and friends from Locust Grove of 1816, who will be the hosts of this performance and guide the modern audience through their world of 200 years ago. More details to be announced. Program also scheduled for Nov. 3.

12/07/2016
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Louisville Dulcimer Society
The annual concert by the Louisville Dulcimer Society will kick off our holiday season. Get here early to get a good seat for this popular event!

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.

Please click the calendar on the left for individual event information.
Duel! Clay vs. Wickcliffe at Locust Grove
Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

See a thrilling display of manly valor and cool demeanor as you witness the reenactment of the 1841 confrontation between Cassius Marcellus Clay and Robert Wickliffe Jr. to settle a dispute with pistols at Locust Grove. Learn about what was going on in Louisville and at Locust Grove in the 1840s, and enjoy the grounds and historic home on a relaxed summer afternoon dressed in whatever period you wish, including the present day. Schedule of events: 1:30 pm "1816 to 1841: What they Wore"; 2:00 pm Dancing in the Auditorium (includes lesson), 3:00 pm Lecture: The Burr/Hamilton Duel"; 4:00 pm: CLAY & WICKLIFFE DUEL. Includes a demonstration and discussion of firearms in 1841 as well as a narration and reenactment of the duel itself. Admission $6 adults; $3 children.  

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Voices from Historical African American Communities near Louisville, Kentucky
-Rita Jones

Louisville, like many cities in the south, was home to many African American neighborhoods and hamlets where residents had shared experiences and family ties. Historian and playwright Carridder “Rita” Jones will share stories from several of these neighborhoods. Much of the information was taken from a series of interviews that she conducted for the Filson Historical Society in 2003.
The communities of LaGrange, Prospect, Harrods Creek, James Taylor Subdivision, Griffytown, Berrytown, Newburg and Jeffersontown have been highlighted in her book.  


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.

The Hemp Festival: Educate & Cultivate
Sunday, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Learn about the past, present, and future of  hemp cultivation for fiber, fuel, and food. Demonstration of hemp growing, "braking", and spinning, children's activities, and speakers and a Q&A session. Enjoy hemp-based foods at the Hemp Cafe, shop for hemp products from our vendors. Locust Grove has just harvested a first hemp crop and planted a second - see it grow! Sponsored by Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, The Kentucky Hempsters, United Hemp Industries, and Victory Hemp Foods. Admission $5 per car, bikers and walkers free. More here.

Book Printing, Publishing, and Selling in Early Kentucky
Thursday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Book expert Charles Bartman speaks on book printing, publishing, and selling in early Kentucky. $6 general admission; $3 Locust Grove Members

Book Sale Preview- Locust Grove Members Only
Thursday, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

(Memberships may be purchased at the door- join and get a first look at the books!) Rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove's semiannual Used Book Sale. More than 20,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including history, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. Illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets at various prices. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

The Used Book Sale: Friday hours
Friday, 10:00am - 7:00pm

Open to Public: Friday, Aug. 19, 10am – 7:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 10am – 4:30pm. Shelves and rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove’s semiannual Used Book Sale. We expect to have some 22,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including History, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and so much more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. You’ll also find a section of books bargain-priced at $3 to $8, with even more illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets of books at various prices — all of which are still amazing bargains. Book donations accepted daily during open hours year-round. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

The Summer Used Book Sale: Saturday & Sunday hours
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Open to Public: Friday, Aug. 19, 10am – 7:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 10am – 4:30pm. Shelves and rows and loads of gently used books (and some new ones!) await you at Locust Grove’s semiannual Used Book Sale. We expect to have some 22,000 books, all neatly sorted into categories including History, literature, fiction, mystery/suspense, religion, travel, art, antiques, and so much more. Most are priced at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks. You’ll also find a section of books bargain-priced at $3 to $8, with even more illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets of books at various prices — all of which are still amazing bargains. On Sunday, all books are at least half-price. Book donations accepted daily during open hours year-round. Proceeds from our Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs. Thanks to our Book Sale Sponsors: Charles Bartman, Jason Hamm, Jennifer McCormick, Richard Young, Jeannie & John Vezeau, John Stites, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoagland, Eleanor B. Miller, Virginia Croket.

“A Comfortable Corset” The New Fashionable Stay of the 19th Century: A Burnley & Trowbridge Hands-On Workshop comes to Locust Grove

The Regency era ushered in a new century of fashion that was striking and comfortable! Creating the proper silhouette for that fashion was a comfortable, easy-to-wear, cord-quilted corset. Join Janea Whitacre, Milliner & Mantua Maker, & Angela Burnley in a two and a half day workshop devoted to creating an early 19th century corset. The design of your corset will be based on an original in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. Participants will work in pairs to measure and help fit each other. We’ll explore hand construction design and techniques. By the end of this workshop participants will have refined the shape of their corset and will be ready to complete the decorative cord quilting. Fabric and busk will be included with the workshop. Participants will be required to have a shift. If you need direction or assistance regarding your shift, please contact Burnley & Trowbridge. This is a Level 2 (intermediate level) Class. You should have produced an article of 19th clothing using a pattern (or draping) and have fitted that piece of clothing. You should have some familiarity with proper 19th century attire. Hand sewing experience is required for this workshop as the entire corset will be assembled and embellished by hand. Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $250.00 which includes materials. Email info@burnleyandtrowbridge.com or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register. More information, including cancellation policies, can be found at http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/thehistoricfashionworkshopseries.aspx. You must contact Burnley & Trowbridge to register for this workshop. There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday. Registration includes a complimentary tour of the house Friday morning. A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions, suggested lodging and details. Class size will be limited to 14 Participants- Our classes fill up quickly so please register early!

Hearth Cooking: An Expanded, Hands on Historic Experience
Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

More in depth and more hands on than anything we have attempted before and you get to enjoy the results. Dig into the food and cooking of 200 years ago and take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience life in the past beyond the gates in Locust Grove’s outbuildings. $30 general admission; $25 Locust Grove members. Limit 16; prepaid reservations absolutely required.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Jemima Boone- Life on the Frontier 1762-1834
Presented by Betsy Smith

Jemima Boone, the fourth child of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone, was born in North Carolina, on October 4, 1762. Destined to live a life beyond the borders of civilization, she helped pioneer two American frontiers: Kentucky and Missouri. Typical of pioneers in the era, Boone endured heartbreak and suffering almost unimaginable to modern Americans, One of the most well-known stories to come out of Kentucky's pioneer past involved 14-year-old Jemima. In July 1776, Boone (along with Betsy and Fanny Callaway) was kidnapped by a group of Indians when their canoe mistakenly drifted across the Kentucky River. Her father led a search party that caught up with the Indians and rescued the girls after three days in captivity. Curiously, Boone never spoke unkindly of her captors, seeming to share her father's more respectful, open attitude toward Native Americans despite all the Boones endured.

In 1777, Boone married Flanders Callaway, a union that lasted nearly 50 years. Together with the other settlers at Boonesborough, they endured times of terrible suffering, facing starvation, cold, and the ever-present fear of attack. Boone survived the uncertain years of Kentucky's early settlement only to join the westward migration to Missouri.

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.

This program is underwritten in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Faces of Freedom – first program – 6 pm
Friday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Faces of Freedom: Preserving Underground Railroad Stories and Preventing Human Trafficking This interactive program showcases a significant and often stereotyped aspect of our nation’s history, the Underground Railroad. As program participants, you will journey through the event as free blacks with freedom papers. You will have returned to the South to meet an enslaved family member, that was left behind, and lead him to freedom. Meet several characters, portrayed by costumed interpreters, who will represent the different groups of people living during that time: slaveholders, Quakers, a bounty hunter, free blacks, and more. Underground Railroad myths and truths will be connected to myths and truths of modern day slavery, human trafficking. It is important to preserve the stories of the past so that we can better understand and address the issues that face us in the present. This program was written and compiled by Locust Grove volunteer and Girl Scout Catherine Bache for her Gold Award Project. The event will be held outside and will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. You will be walking all over the Locust Grove property, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first performance will be before sunset; the second performance will be after sunset and the guests will carry lanterns. Reservations are required and space is limited. Admission: $10.

Faces of Freedom – second program – 8 pm
Friday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Faces of Freedom: Preserving Underground Railroad Stories and Preventing Human Trafficking This interactive program showcases a significant and often stereotyped aspect of our nation’s history, the Underground Railroad. As program participants, you will journey through the event as free blacks with freedom papers. You will have returned to the South to meet an enslaved family member, that was left behind, and lead him to freedom. Meet several characters, portrayed by costumed interpreters, who will represent the different groups of people living during that time: slaveholders, Quakers, a bounty hunter, free blacks, and more. Underground Railroad myths and truths will be connected to myths and truths of modern day slavery, human trafficking. It is important to preserve the stories of the past so that we can better understand and address the issues that face us in the present. This program was written and compiled by Locust Grove volunteer and Girl Scout Catherine Bache for her Gold Award Project. The event will be held outside and will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. You will be walking all over the Locust Grove property, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first performance will be before sunset; the second performance will be after sunset and the guests will carry lanterns. Reservations are required and space is limited. Admission: $10

Fall Antiques Market
Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

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, jewelry and silver. A sale of antiquarian books and books for collectors will be held in the auditorium.  Admission is $8 (free for children12 & under). Admission includes tours of the historic house museum. Concessions are available. Proceeds support the continued operation and preservation of Locust Grove.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

1816: The Year Without A Summer
-Brian Goode, WAVE 3

1816 was a year full of strange weather patterns. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, with excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern United States and Europe in the summer of 1816. In the U.S., the unseasonable weather lead to food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. However, no one in the 19th century understood that events on the far side of the world were the cause of the global climate change they experienced.

Join WAVE 3 meteorologist Brian Goode as he looks at the strange weather events that took place during the year that came to be known as the year without a summer.

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.

Frankenstein: A Reading Performance by Kentucky Shakespeare
Tuesday, 7:00pm

Right in time for Halloween, join Kentucky Shakespeare in the great parlor inside Locust Grove's historic home as they bring this classic story to life in a reading performance by R.N. Sandberg. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote and published Frankenstein during the Croghan's occupancy of Locust Grove, making this a perfect melding of worlds to mark the season. Light refreshments provided. Tickets $20 per person or $15 for Locust Grove members; prepaid reservations required. Call (502) 897-9845 to reserve.

18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Notice is herewith given that a Market Fair shall be held at the grounds designated as the seat of Major William Croghan, known as Locust Grove, six miles up-river from the Falls of the Ohio. You are invited to join with Locust Grove and the Illinois Regiment of Virginia as we bring the spirit of the past alive with the Market Fair. You can participate in 18th c. style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th century military and household items, and enjoy food and drink as our founders did, meet and converse with early Americans. Mock battles for our country’s independence feature General George Rogers Clark’s own company, the Illinois Regiment of Virginia, as well as British Dragoons and Marines, and German Hessians. Native Americans will be present as well - whose side will they be on this year? Concessions available, historic and modern. Admission for adults is $8 and children $4. Reenactors only- to register online, go to: https://lghh.wufoo.com/forms/q409tyt15633kt/ Only one registration per military unit, please.    

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Major William Croghan: Irish Warrior- Gwynne Potts
Learn about the life of Locust Grove owner William Croghan. An Irish immigrant, Croghan fought in the Revolutionary War at Trenton and spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge with George Washington and La Fayette before being taken prisoner at Charleston. After the war, Croghan became George Rogers Clark’s deputy surveyor of military lands for the Virginia State line, enabling him to acquire some 54,000 acres on the edge of the American Frontier. His marriage to Lucy Clark, George Rogers’ sister solidified his position in society and eventually brought the aging warrior to the shelter of his large household.


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.

Shakespeare in the Age of Revolution: 18th Century Performance
Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Kentucky Shakespeare presents a selection of vignettes from Shakespeare's works performed in the style of the Georgian Period that will highlight the vast differences in performance then and now. They will be joined by the family and friends from Locust Grove of 1816, who will be the hosts of this performance and guide the modern audience through their world of 200 years ago. More details to be announced. Program repeated on Nov. 12

Shakespeare in the Age of Revolution: 18th Century Performance
Saturday, 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Kentucky Shakespeare presents a selection of vignettes from Shakespeare's works performed in the style of the Georgian Period that will highlight the vast differences in performance then and now. They will be joined by the family and friends from Locust Grove of 1816, who will be the hosts of this performance and guide the modern audience through their world of 200 years ago. More details to be announced. Program also scheduled for Nov. 3.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:00pm

Louisville Dulcimer Society
The annual concert by the Louisville Dulcimer Society will kick off our holiday season. Get here early to get a good seat for this popular event!

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.