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

08/07/2019
Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Sons of the American Revolution: Funding Freedom: Making Dollars & "Cents" of the American Revolution

Revolutions cost money. Even before the United States declared its independence it was riddled with debt. Seasoned financiers traded bills of exchange with foreign nations while wealthy Patriots were asked to give until it left them penniless. Promissory notes, personal loans and a financial network of correspondence forecast a nation built on credit. Colonists yearned to be independent yet valor on the battlefield alone would not be enough to acquire freedom. Colleen Wilson and Zac Distel from the Sons of the American Revolution will take us through the economy of the American Revolution and the years that followed.
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.

08/15/2019
The Summer Used Book Sale: Members’ Preview
Thursday, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Special members Preview, Thursday, August 15, 5:00-7:30 pm
For Friends of Locust Grove. Get the first look at 20,000+ used, antiquarian, and new books. All categories-history, biography, mysteries, reference, science fiction, travel, cookbooks, children’s, Kentucky, romance, crafts, gardening, and much, much, more! Prices begin at $1 for paperbacks, and $2 for most hardcover books, with a large selection of illustrated books, rare books, and sets, priced individually. All books are sorted by category and are in good condition.  Memberships can be purchased at the door at the preview, or in advance - see our membership page or call Locust Grove.   Many thanks to our Book Sale sponsors.

08/16/2019
The Summer Used Book Sale: Friday Hours
Friday, 10:00am - 7:00pm

All the nooks and crannies of Locust Grove’s Audubon room will be filled with more than 23,000 books — all waiting for you at our Big August Used Book Sale. The books are sorted into 30-some categories, including history, mysteries, art, architecture, literature, cookbooks, humor, and more, and are displayed for easy shopping. Books, donated by readers from across the region, are $1 and $2 -- with special titles $3 and up. All books are great bargains! All proceeds from our book sales support Locust Grove’s continued educational and preservation projects. Many thanks to our Book Sale sponsors.

08/17/2019 - 08/18/2019
The Summer Used Book Sale: Saturday & Sunday Hours
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

All the nooks and crannies of Locust Grove’s Audubon room will be filled with more than 23,000 books — all waiting for you at our Big August Used Book Sale. The books are sorted into 30-some categories, including history, mysteries, art, architecture, literature, cookbooks, humor, and more, and are displayed for easy shopping. Books, donated by readers from across the region, are $1 and $2 -- with special titles $3 and up. All books are great bargains! All proceeds from our book sales support Locust Grove’s continued educational and preservation projects. Many thanks to our Book Sale sponsors.

08/17/2019 - 08/18/2019
The Summer Used Book Sale: Saturday & Sunday Hours
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

All the nooks and crannies of Locust Grove’s Audubon room will be filled with more than 23,000 books — all waiting for you at our Big August Used Book Sale. The books are sorted into 30-some categories, including history, mysteries, art, architecture, literature, cookbooks, humor, and more, and are displayed for easy shopping. Books, donated by readers from across the region, are $1 and $2 -- with special titles $3 and up. All books are great bargains! All proceeds from our book sales support Locust Grove’s continued educational and preservation projects. Many thanks to our Book Sale sponsors.

08/23/2019
The Slave Dwelling Project: Campfire Discussion 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 with Joe McGill
Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Listen to Joe McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, as he speaks on his experiences in telling the stories of the enslaved and sleeping at former sites of enslaved people. 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/.

09/28/2019 - 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/.

10/26/2019 - 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/.

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

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.  

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.

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