Museum Hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Locust Grove is closed for tours the month of January, and on Easter, Derby Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
A visit usually begins with the (optional) viewing of a 12 minute introductory film. The tour of the house and grounds departs the Visitors Center at the half-hour (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30), and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Allow for time before or after your tour to explore our museum gallery, museum store and grounds.
Photography policy may be found here.

Admission

$9 for adults
$8 for seniors
$4 for children 6-12 years
Discounts for AAA members, please inquire. Group rates are offered for groups of 10 or more and must be scheduled in advance.

Directions

561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
 
From I-65
Take I-71 North. Continue on I-71, passing the I-64 split, and exit at Zorn Avenue. Turn left onto Zorn, taking care as you cross the median. Make a right turn onto River road at the light (Chevron Station on the corner). Turn right onto Blankenbaker Lane, approximately 6 miles from downtown Louisville, at the traffic light. You will proceed gradually uphill as you travel away from the river, and will find the entrance to the Locust Grove parking lot on your left, immediately past Twin Hill (on the right).  
From Downtown Louisville
Take either the I-71 to Zorn Avenue route described above, or if you are already close to the riverfront, just take River Road all the way out to Blankenbaker Lane.  
From points along the Watterson Expressway (I-264)
Take the Watterson eastward to the Brownsboro Road (U. S. 42) exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left and proceed to the third traffic light. Turn right onto Blankenbaker Lane. Locust Grove will come into view within about 1-1/2 miles, just as you crest a small ridge. Make a right turn into the parking lot, just after passing the historic house.

2019 Calendar of Events

08/23/2019
The Slave Dwelling Project: Campfire Conversation and Overnight
Friday, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Join Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project for an overnight stay on Locust Grove’s grounds. The founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Joe McGill is an educator, Civil War reenactor, and descendant of enslaved people who has conducted programs about the life and memories of the enslaved in 23 states on one hundred-fifty historic sites. During this campfire discussion and overnight stay, Joe will guide a conversation about the lives of enslaved people across the United States, including those at Locust Grove, and consider what can be learned from sleeping where they slept and standing where they stood. Find out more about the Slave Dwelling Project here: https://slavedwellingproject.org/ Advanced reservations required for this program. Tickets will go on sale on July 17 at 10:00 am. Tickets are $25 plus $10 if you sleep overnight and pitch a tent. Please call 502-897-9845 for reservations.

08/24/2019
The Slave Dwelling Project: Continuing the Conversation with Joe McGill
Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Joe McGill will speak on his experiences in telling the stories of the enslaved and sleeping at former sites of enslaved people. Farms and plantations like Locust Grove are a familiar setting for stories of slave life, and William Croghan, like other slaveowners, was first and foremost a businessman. McGill’s presentation will focus on the economy of slavery in agricultural and non-agricultural settings, as well as the insights he has gained through his years of sleeping in slave residences, and visiting former slave sites without slave residences, like Locust Grove. McGill is an educator, Civil War reenactor, and descendent of enslaved people who has conducted programs about the life and memories of slaves in 23 states on one hundred-fifty sites. McGill’s work focuses on changing the narrative, one slave dwelling at a time as he attempts to spend the night in every former slave dwelling still standing in the United States.
Find out more about the Slave Dwelling Project here: https://slavedwellingproject.org/
Advanced reservations required for this program. Tickets will go on sale on July 17 at 10:00 am. Tickets are $12 for members and students/$15 for non-members. Please call 502-897-9845 for reservations.

08/25/2019
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

End of Summer Soiree
Join us for an "End of Summer Soiree" at the picnic table area at Locust Grove. Bring a side dish to share and JASNA-GL will provide the main course, drinks, and plates, napkins, and cutlery. We will celebrate our hard work on the 11th Annual Jane Austen Festival. JASNA-GL members and guests are invited! Please RSVP to Alana Gillett, RCjasnaGL@gmail.com, so we can have a count for the main course. For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

09/04/2019
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Kate Hesseldenz: Margaretta's Guest: Lafayette's visit to Liberty Hall
Lafayette, the last surviving Major General of the Revolutionary War, embarked on a great tour of the United States in 1824-1825 as the "Nation's Guest." Why did he visit Liberty Hall in May of 1825? Why did Margaretta Brown feel triumphant after his visit? Did John Brown serve as an aid to Lafayette during the war? In this talk, Curator Kate Hesseldenz will answer these questions as you learn about Lafayette’s connections to the Browns of Liberty Hall.
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 Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.
Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.

09/07/2019
Fall on the Farm
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Enjoy a day filled with the hustle and bustle of harvesting, cooking, distilling and other activities that would welcome in the fall season on a 19th-century farm. Learn about the seasonal life on a farm through historic demonstrations in the hearth kitchen, farm distillery, and outbuildings. $9/adults; $8/seniors; $4 children 6-12; free for children under 6.

09/08/2019
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Jessica Williams: "Northanger Abbey's Free Indirect Discourse and Jane Austen's Winking Narrator"
Join us for "Northanger Abbey's Free Indirect Discourse and Jane Austen's Winking Narrator" presented by Jessica Williams. Afternoon Tea will be served after the presentation. For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

09/14/2019
Beginner’s Book Binding for Kids
Saturday, 10:00am - 11:30am

Curious kids ages 7 to 12 will learn the basics of book binding during this fun, one-day workshop celebrating the art and craft of making books. Participants will bind a simple book with a marbled paper cover using a needle and thread, and learn about the process of making books in the 18th and 19th centuries before leaving with their very own blank book. This workshop is led by Locust Grove artist-in-residence Brandon Vigliarolo, the bookbinder behind Strano Books. $25/$30 for members; all materials included. A parent or guardian must stay on site for the duration of the workshop. Adults are welcome to assist their child with all activities. Space is limited; call 502-897-9845 to register by September 6.

09/21/2019
Basic Book Binding for Adults
Saturday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn more about the art and craft of book binding by making a simple blank book with a marbled paper cover. Brandon Vigliarolo, the bookbinder behind Strano Books and Locust Grove’s Summer Artist-in-Residence, will speak on the history and process of bookbinding before leading participants through the steps in making their own blank book with marbled cover.

$40/$35 for members; all materials included and participants will be able to take their tools home. Space is limited; call 502-897-9845 to register by September 16.

09/28/2019 - 09/29/2019
Books, Prints, Paper and Art Sale
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

This special show and sale includes dealers in used, new, and collectible books, as well as maps, prints, paper, and art, at all prices and in all categories. You'll find books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design, as well as artwork and prints. Saturday, September 28, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, September 39, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)

09/28/2019 - 09/29/2019
Books, Prints, Paper and Art Sale
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

This special show and sale includes dealers in used, new, and collectible books, as well as maps, prints, paper, and art, at all prices and in all categories. You'll find books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design, as well as artwork and prints. Saturday, September 28, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, September 39, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)

09/29/2019
Fall Antiques Market
Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Looking for a new treasure to complete your collection? Searching for just the right knick-knack to complement your credenza? From whimsical china dogs to funky mid-century modern chairs, from stately silver to charming children’s toys, the Fall Antiques Market has something for everyone and every budget. Dozens of individual dealers from around the region will offer antique and vintage furniture, textiles, jewelry, silver, tchotchkes, ephemera, fine Kentucky crafted pieces of furniture and decorative arts, and much more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission: $8 adults; free for ages 12 and under. Proceeds support the continued preservation and operation of Locust Grove. Thanks to our sponsors. Rod Lich and Susan Parrett

10/02/2019
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Stuart Sanders: Kentucky Duels
You’re aware of Alexander Hamilton’s duel with Aaron Burr, but did you know that there were some remarkable affairs of honor in Kentucky? Join author and public historian Stuart W. Sanders to discuss some of the Commonwealth’s most remarkable duels and their impact on the Bluegrass State. It’s a lecture at ten paces!
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 Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.
Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.

10/13/2019
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Gothic Literature Trivia Tournament
Come prepared to share your knowledge of Gothic Literature at our "Gothic Literature Trivia Tournament" this month. Afternoon Tea will be served after the presentation. For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

10/22/2019
Frankenstein: A Reading Performance by Kentucky Shakespeare
Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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. Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 7:00 pm.

10/26/2019 - 10/27/2019
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Experience the 18th century with all five senses! You are invited to join 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-century style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th-century military and household items, and enjoy food and drink as our founders did. See the sheep, and horses, and 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. Admission $8 adults, $4 children. *** Reenactor Registration may be found here.

10/26/2019 - 10/27/2019
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Experience the 18th century with all five senses! You are invited to join 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-century style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th-century military and household items, and enjoy food and drink as our founders did. See the sheep, and horses, and 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. Admission $8 adults, $4 children. *** Reenactor Registration may be found here.

11/06/2019
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Frank Kelderman: Afloat at Locust Grove: Traversing Indian Diplomacy on the Ohio River
In 1842, the Choctaw diplomat Peter Pitchlynn had a chance encounter with the author Charles Dickens on a steamboat on the Ohio River, between Cincinnati and Louisville. Pitchlynn was returning from diplomatic business in Washington; Dickens was traveling the country to write his “American Notes” (1842). In this talk, Frank Kelderman takes Dickens’s account of their meeting as a starting point for exploring the Ohio River as a thoroughfare for Indian diplomacy, connecting the eastern United States to Indian country. Drawing on literature, visual art, and archival materials, this talk will give an account of indigenous presence in a region where that presence has long been unrecognized.

Frank Kelderman is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville, where he specializes in 19th-century Native American literature. He is the author of “Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal” (SUNY Press, 2019), which examines Native American writing and oratory from the Upper Missouri River to the Great Lakes. His research has also been published in the journals “American Literature,” “American Studies,” “J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists,” and “Great Plains Quarterly.”
This program is part of the city-wide program Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life.
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 Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

11/10/2019
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Carrie Wright: "Epistolary Machinations in the Female Gothic: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and the 'Horrid' Novels"
Join us for "Epistolary Machinations in the Female Gothic: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and the 'Horrid' Novels" presented by Carrie Wright. Afternoon Tea will be served after the presentation. For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

11/17/2019
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series
Sunday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Armonia e Passione: "Concerto alla Rustica"
A Feast of Italian Music for Baroque String Band
Music of Vivaldi, Marini, Bertali
Armonia e Passione is a 17th-century Italian string band based in St Louis - features Celina Casado, Stephanie Hunt, Jeff Noonan - and led by William Bauer

Locust Grove’s Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series offers concertgoers a unique opportunity. Patrons delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it — the second-floor Great Parlor of the historic house.
Refreshments at 5:00 p.m.; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual concerts are $20 each. Pre-paid reservations are required--please call (502) 897-9845.
Season subscriptions may be purchased by calling Locust Grove at (502) 897-9845. Categories are Patron, $200; Supporter, $100; and Subscriber, $70.

12/04/2019
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Louisville Dulcimer Society
Strum in the holidays with the Louisville Dulcimer Society as they bring us traditional carols and tunes for singing along — as well as new compositions that are quickly becoming favorites. Arrive early to get your seat and enjoy the seasonal treats prepared especially for you by Locust Grove’s Lecture Ladies and Bakers.

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 Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

12/07/2019
Christmastide, 1816
Saturday, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Join the Croghan family at home as they celebrate the holiday season and the return of family and friends! Locust Grove's First Person Interpreters recreate an 1816 family holiday party in the historic home that will include music and dancing. Stop into the hearth kitchen to see preparations for a festive meal. In the Visitors' Center, historic artisans will demonstrate their trades, give hands-on experiences, and sell their wares for a unique holiday shopping experience. Children's activities will also be offered. Includes a sale of select books from Locust Grove's famous book sale - perfect for gift giving. Refreshments available. Admission: $6 adults, $3 children, free under 6.  

12/15/2019
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series
Sunday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Forgotten Clefs: A Renaissance Wind Band 
Forgotten Clefs is a renaissance wind band based in Durham North Carolina.
Locust Grove’s Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series offers concertgoers a unique opportunity. Patrons delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it — the second-floor Great Parlor of the historic house.
Refreshments at 5:00 p.m.; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual concerts are $20 each. Pre-paid reservations are required--please call (502) 897-9845.
Season subscriptions may be purchased by calling Locust Grove at (502) 897-9845. Categories are Patron, $200; Supporter, $100; and Subscriber, $70.

02/05/2020
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Gwynne Potts: William Croghan
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 Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

02/23/2020
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series
Sunday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Musickes Cordes: "The Violin in England" 
Music from 17th-century England by Locke, Purcell & Others
Musickes Cordes is based in Providence Rhode Island and is a collaboration between baroque violinist Sam Breene and lutenist Jeffrey Noonan.

Locust Grove’s Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series offers concertgoers a unique opportunity. Patrons delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it — the second-floor Great Parlor of the historic house.
Refreshments at 5:00 p.m.; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual concerts are $20 each. Pre-paid reservations are required--please call (502) 897-9845.
Season subscriptions may be purchased by calling Locust Grove at (502) 897-9845. Categories are Patron, $200; Supporter, $100; and Subscriber, $70.

03/22/2020
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series
Sunday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Woods So Wild: Music for Renaissance violin, virginal and Viola de Spala 
The Woods so Wild is a duo based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and features Kenneth Kusiak virginal and William Bauer renaissance violin. They focus on music from Shakespeare's time. "Will Yow Walke the Woods soe Wylde" is a piece of virginal music from the Tudor era, popularly believed to have been a favorite of Henry VIII.

Locust Grove’s Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series offers concertgoers a unique opportunity. Patrons delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it — the second-floor Great Parlor of the historic house.
Refreshments at 5:00 p.m.; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual concerts are $20 each. Pre-paid reservations are required--please call (502) 897-9845.
Season subscriptions may be purchased by calling Locust Grove at (502) 897-9845. Categories are Patron, $200; Supporter, $100; and Subscriber, $70.

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