The Age of Hamilton at Locust Grove

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Raise a glass to freedom and to the Revolution at the place where Louisville begins!

Join us as we explore the struggles and triumphs of the American Revolution through the eyes of Locust Grove’s own George Rogers Clark and William Croghan, along with their contemporaries—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and Alexander Hamilton.

Seize the moment to be part of the story!

Calendar of Events

Aaron Burr, Sir: Happy Burrthday
Sunday, February 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
For the third year we’re celebrating the Burrthday of “the villain in your history,” Aaron Burr. Burr was distantly related to William Croghan and visited Locust Grove in 1805. This family-friendly event commemorating Aaron Burr’s 263rd birthday features a True/False quiz, a costume contest and a demonstration of Revolutionary clothing, along with cake and a Hamilton sing-a-long.
Over 12: $6, Ages 6- 12: $3, under 6 free.

Afternoon Lecture Series: Dr. Carol Ely: The Burr Conspiracy
Wednesday, February 6, 1:15 pm

In disgrace, the former Vice President, Aaron Burr, headed west in 1805 on an ambiguous private mission to develop areas of the west – was it treason? Why did he stop at Locust Grove? Was George Rogers Clark implicated in his plans? Learn more about Burr’s life and actions after the duel that made him notorious.

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 $6, $4 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are not required.

A Winter’s Ball
Saturday, February 9, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Hamilton: An American Musical is the inspiration for this year’s ball. Guests are asked to wear historic dress from their favorite time period. To help you with the dances, there will be a free dance practice offered on the day of the ball from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Locust Grove. The ball will feature live music, with dances called by Tom and Toni Tumbusch from Cincinnati. Tickets: $25/person; $20/Locust Grove members and guests aged 14 and under (who must be accompanied by an adult). Includes light refreshments. For more information and reservations, call Locust Grove at (502) 897-9845 beginning on January 7, 2019.
Co-sponsored by Jane Austen Society of North America-Greater Louisville

“Unexpected Connections: Hamilton & Burr at Locust Grove” Teacher Professional Development Session
Saturday, February 16, 9:00am – 3:30pm

“A story of America then, told by America now,” is how Lin-Manuel Miranda describes his theatrical phenomenon Hamilton: An American Musical. To celebrate the arrival of Hamilton at Louisville’s Kentucky Center for the Arts in June, Historic Locust Grove invites certified teachers to participate in a professional development session designed to hone the historic literacy skills and ignite the imagination of their students. Using Historic Locust Grove and the American Revolution in the West as a lens, presenters will weave together diverse sources and complementary experiences to model how teachers can promote analytical skills, content literacy, and historical perspective.

Contact Mary Beth Williams at for more information about this professional development session.

Punch with the President: John Adams Speaks
Friday, March 15, 6:30 pm
Did you know that John Adams tried to have George Rogers Clark arrested on charges of treason? The second president will, at last, make his journey to Locust Grove, even though he was the only one of the first five presidents to never meet his host, William Croghan. Join us for light refreshments and hear John Adams’ story as interpreted by nationally-known interpreter Peyton Dixon.
Tickets: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. Reservations required; call 502-897-9845. Admission includes one drink ticket; cash bar available.

Afternoon Lecture Series: Dr. Matthew Costello: The Property of the Nation: Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President
Wednesday, April 3, 1:15 pm
Dr. Matthew Costello, Senior Historian for the White House Historical Association, will speak on the memory of George Washington, his tomb at Mount Vernon, and the enslaved storytellers who were the first on-site interpreters of Washington’s legacy.

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 $6, $4 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are not required.

Punch with the President: George Washington, the Founding Fathers and their Spirits: Alcohol, Politics, and Consumption in Early America
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm
Upon his death in 1799, George Washington owned one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the United States. John Adams preferred hard cider and a variety of beers. Thomas Jefferson was a connoisseur of French wines and champagne. Join Senior Historian of the White House Historical Association Dr. Matthew Costello to learn to drink like Washington and his contemporaries in this lively evening of history and historical refreshments.
Admission: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. One drink ticket included; cash bar available.

Spring Encampment
Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Feel the excitement of the American Revolution at Locust Grove! Step into the year 1778 with this Revolutionary War Encampment as George Rogers Clark and his Illinois Regiment of Virginia begin their western campaign. Visit with soldiers and camp followers, learn 18th-century recipes in the hearth kitchen, and participate in recruitment for new, pint-sized troops. Be sure to visit the blacksmith, leatherworker, and woodworker to discover more about daily life during the Revolution! Admission: $6 for adults, free for children 12 and under, historic house tours included. Snacks will be available for sale.

Punch with the President: Thomas Jefferson and George Rogers Clark
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson and George Rogers Clark were mutual supporters in military ventures and politics, as well as in the exploration of western lands. The two men, who grew up just a few miles apart in Albemarle County, Virginia, shared an interest in natural history, prehistory, and in Native American lore and language. Their correspondence over many years is a window into the conquering and development of the early American west. From excavating Mammoth bones to confiding about political intrigue, this talk by Locust Grove historian Gwynne Potts will reveal the respectful bond between two very different personalities.
Admission: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. One drink ticket included; cash bar available.

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America
Traveling Exhibition on view May 29 – July 5, 2019
This exhibition examines Hamilton’s central role during the Revolutionary War and Founding period in creating the economic, constitutional, social, journalistic, political, and foreign policy templates for modern America. Using reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and the Library of the New-York Historical Society, and drawing on recent scholarship about Alexander Hamilton, this traveling exhibition helps students learn that Hamilton was a statesman and visionary whose life shaped the America we live in two hundred years after his death.

Afternoon Lecture Series: Richard Bell: The African-American Revolution
Wednesday, June 5, 1:15 pm

We all know that the American Revolution was about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But what did those slogans mean to black people caught up in that war? Historian Richard Bell explains that African Americans actually threw themselves into the war effort with more enthusiasm (and with more at stake) than did many white colonists. Come hear about Crispus Attucks, who was slain in a hail of redcoat gunfire during the Boston Massacre, and about Harry Washington, the runaway slave from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, who fled to British lines during the war and then sailed with the retreating redcoat army to Canada and then later to Sierra Leone.

Stories like theirs beg us to think about the stakes of the American Revolution from their perspective and to wonder just how revolutionary the American Revolution was for people of color. As you’ll hear, the war itself did bring new opportunities for independence as the British Army promised freedom to black slaves like Harry who might be willing to desert their rebel masters and join the King’s regiments. But it turns out that the war’s outcome was far more mixed. In the north, patriot victory spurred the rise of the anti-slavery movement but in the south helped to preserve plantation slavery for generations to come.

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 $6, $4 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are not required.

Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 pm
Louisville has Hamilton-mania! As this Tony-Award winning musical rolls into town, its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: An American Musical puts center stage.
In this talk, historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We’ll learn what this amazing musical got right and got wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States and about why that matters. We’ll examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We’ll also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?
Admission: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are required; call 502-897-9845. One drink ticket included; cash bar available.

Hamilton Festival

Sunday, June 16 

This celebration of the Revolution will feature student performances of original pieces, a re-creation of the Hamilton-Burr Duel, a sing-a-long, and presentation on clothing of the period, Aaron Burr’s time in Louisville, and more.