Calendar of Events

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm

Distilling Traditions- Chris Morris

The Kentucky Bourbon distilleries of today follow processes and practices that have their roots in the 18th century. While modern equipment and scientific advances have improved distillery yields and product consistency so much still depends on tradition, some of which has become law. Join Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve, to learn how the Mount Vernon distillery project brought the two together for Brown-Forman.  

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.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Jane Austen Festival Prep 101
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

For the past nine years (we took one year off for hosting the 2015 JASNA Annual General Meeting), JASNA-Greater Louisville Region has hosted our famous Jane Austen Festival on the grounds of Locust Grove. And every year we try to out-do the previous year. But in order to do so, we must be prepared! If you would like to be involved in the festivities, please join us for Festival Prep 101! We will talk about what exciting activities will be new for this year and get everybody up-to-date on how to sign up for volunteer positions. More information to come! www.jasnalouisville.com

18th Century Thunder – A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

It's Thunder weekend 18th century style at Locust Grove, commemorating the arrival of Revolutionary War troops in 1778 under the command of General George Rogers Clark. Talk to the soldier-reenactors and their families, learn about battle tactics, and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Clark, with a 21-gun salute. You can chat with the women in the hearth kitchen, the doctor will demonstrate how he'd remove musket balls from victims, and kids are encouraged to sign up as new recruits. (This event does not include battles - it's all about the American troops.) Snacks & drinks available for purchase. Special pricing: $6 for adults, free for children 12 and under, historic house tours included.

Shakespeare in the Parks: Julius Caesar
Sunday, 1:00pm

Had enough Derby fun? How about a little conspiracy, back-stabbing, and murder? Join the internationally renowned Kentucky Shakespeare company as they present a 90-minute production of one of Shakespeare's favorite history plays. Admission is free. The performance area, food, and drinks will be available at Noon. The play starts promptly at 1pm. Bring your own blankets and chairs.

Gardeners’ Fair & Silent Auction
Friday - Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

See new and exciting exhibits and exhibitors, watch short demonstrations, and participate in Q&A discussions at Locust Grove’s 21st Annual Gardeners’ Fair. Buy gorgeous plants and flowers, delicious herbs, and hardy perennials. This and more is in store at the three day Gardeners’ Fair at Locust Grove. Inside the Visitors’ Center, you can bid on items in the Silent Auction. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6–12, free for children under 6. Concessions will be available. All proceeds support Locust Grove’s educational and preservation programs.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Letter Writing in the Regency-Era + Workshop
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Long before the days of text and email, people dedicated a portion of their day to sit down and hand write letters to friends, family, and businesses. Melissa ALexander will be amongst us once again to tell us the importance of letter writing during Jane Austen’s time, as well as show us how we can write our own Regency-Era letters! www.jasnalouisville.com

Summer Thursday Series
Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Camp Shakespeare
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Kentucky Shakespeare offers a unique camp experience at Locust Grove! This camp introduces aspiring thespians to theatre, Shakespeare’s works, and how to build an ensemble-based performance piece by emphasizing collaboration and teamwork. Students will also be able to participate in special workshops that are led by Locust Grove experts! The camp is open to children ages 7-15. Campers should bring a sack lunch, a snack, and a water bottle. $195 for a full day session, 9am-4pm. For further information, call Kentucky Shakespeare at (502) 574-9900 ext. 14 or email hannah@kyshakespeare.com. Register online here: https://campshakespeare.squarespace.com/new-products/camp-at-locust-grove-ages-7-15 Be sure to use the Promo Code 'EarlyBird' at Checkout for a 10% Discount before March 31st, 2017.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm

Dr. Ephraim McDowell: Frontier Surgeon, 1771-1830
On Christmas Day 1809, 1,000 miles away from the nearest hospital and 35 years before the discovery of anesthesia, Dr. Ephraim McDowell removed a tumor from the abdomen of a 46-year-old woman. It was the world's first ovariotomy, and it eventually brought McDowell worldwide acclaim as the father of abdominal surgery. Join L. Henry Dowell in his captivating performance as this frontier surgeon.

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.

This program is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Jane Austen and Her Toad-Eaters
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue has listed as one of its entries, “Toad Eater: A poor female relation, and humble companion, or reduced gentlewoman, in a great family, the standing butt, on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off, and all ill humours vented.” Join us JASNA-Greater Louisville member Erynn Moss takes a look at some of Jane Austen’s most notable toad-eaters! www.jasnalouisville.com

Antiquarian and Collectible Book Sale
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

A special show and sale of antiquarian, out-of-print, remaindered, fine used, and other special books, at all prices, in all categories. Books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design. Saturday, June 24, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, June 25, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)

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

From delicate bibelot to mahogany breakfronts... from humble handkerchiefs to ornate sterling silver teapots... from vintage plows to china cup... from the 18th century to mid-20th century modern - the Summer Antiques Market has something for all tastes and every budget. Featuring dozens of professional dealers from around the region, the Antiques Market offers fine and country furniture, books, textiles, jewelry, ephemera, silver, and more. Admission includes tours of the historic house museum.

Summer Thursday Series
Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Independence Day
Tuesday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

FREE TO THE PUBLIC all day! Join the Clark and Croghan families as they celebrate Independence Day 1816. General George Rogers Clark’s soldiers return to honor him and all who fought – and you can experience life 200 years ago. Hear readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day, and remember why we celebrate this day. Food and drink will be offered for sale, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds.  In the Auditorium we'll have a small summer-reading book sale of fiction books only, with all books priced at only $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks. Independence day sponsored in honor of The Society of the Cincinnati.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Festival Prep
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Help us get everything ready for the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival! We will need all hands on deck to cut doilies, iron table cloths, prepare Promenade materials, put price tags on merchandise, and so much more! Refreshments will be provided by JASNA-GL. www.jasnalouisville.com

Jane Austen Festival – Friday events
Friday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

9th Annual Jane Austen Festival: THE LARGEST JANE AUSTEN EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA! Jane Austen’s Legacy, 1775-1817

Jane Austen Festival – Saturday and Sunday events
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

9th Annual Jane Austen Festival: THE LARGEST JANE AUSTEN EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA! Jane Austen’s Legacy, 1775-1817

History Camp
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

By Jefferson Memorial Forest. Ages 7 to 12 Updated for 2017! Travel back in time more than 200 years to discover nature and people through Historic Locust Grove. Discover life in the 18th and 19th centuries for the first European settlers and American Indians. This hands-on camp will take kids on a time-traveling adventure! PLEASE NOTE: Drop off and pick up will take place at Locust Grove. There will be no shuttle service for this session. Visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/jefferson-memorial-forest/forest-summer-camps for registration information

Summer Thursday Series
Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Magic Lantern and Phantasmagoria Shows
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

What better way to get ready for the Fall season than to learn about the SPOOK-tacular entertainments of the Regency-era! Author and JASNA-Greater Louisville member Sharon Lathan joins us once again to send chills up our spines and make our hair stand up on end by recounting the history of magic lantern and phantasmagoria shows! What would Jane think?!? www.jasnalouisville.com

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

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

Old Time Music Festival
Saturday, 10:00am - 9:00pm

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

Summer Thursday Series
Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm

Steve Wiser: Cave Hill Cemetery- Scenic, Historic, and Distinctive

Long-time Cave Hill tour guide Steve Wiser will provide a fascinating presentation on the history, beauty, and notable residents of this distinguished landscape. From George Rogers Clark and Col. Harland Sanders, to picturesque memorials like the Satterwhite and Irvin, Steve will provide the details of these individuals and monument designs. And, if you ever wondered how not to get lost in Cave Hill, Steve will also provide the clues to finding your way out! Steve Wiser has been giving tours of Cave Hill for almost 30 years. He is also a local architect and President of the Louisville Historical League.

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.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Death and Mourning Rituals During the Georgian and Regency Eras
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

2017 marks the 200th Anniversary of the passing of our dear Jane Austen. Today we mark the occasion with reflections on what Jane’s work means to each of us, but during her time, there would be a series of rituals that her family would be expected to preform to indicate their loss. Johnna Waldon, President of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, will walk us through the necessary customs needed to honor someone’s passing during the Georgian and Regency Eras. www.jasnalouisville.com

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

From mahogany breakfronts to ornate sterling teapots, from children’s toys to china teacups, from the 18th century to mid-century modern – the Antiques Market has something for all tastes and every budget. Dozens of dealers from around the region offer fine and country furniture, textiles, jewelry, silver, and more.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm

Jim Holmberg: The Clark Family
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.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Georgian and Regency-Era Hair Trends
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Ask anyone in JASNA and they will tell you the Greater Louisville Region is known for their keen sense of style and fashion! To help us maintain our reputation, Daniel Townsend, wig designer for multiple theatrical productions and adjunct professor for the theatre departments at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati – Conservancy of Music, will take us through the history of hair trends during Jane Austen’s time so that you can replicate them yourselves. www.jasnalouisville.com

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

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, see the pony cart, 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.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Jane Austen and Her Lasting Fame
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Two hundred years after her passing and we are still talking about all things Jane! Why is that?!? JASNA-Greater Louisville member Jill Heink will take a look at why, after all this time, we are still wild about Jane! www.jasnalouisville.com

Museum Store Sale
Friday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

For special Christmas gifts without traffic hassles, visit our museum store. For ten days after Thanksgiving, you'll receive a 20% discount on all purchases. The museum store carries a wide array of books, toys, stationery, and Kentucky-made products. The museum store is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and on Sundays, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Christmastide, 1816
Saturday, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Locust Grove's First Person Interpreters recreate an 1816 family holiday party in the historic home that will include music and dancing.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm

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.

Jane Austen Society Meeting: Jane Austen Birthday & Christmas Tea
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Jane Austen Birthday & Christmas Tea with special presentation by Carol Jarboe - An Afternoon of Instruction in the Proper Etiquette and Fashion of Mourning with Lady Caroline Linnington.

You might have seen the luxurious pavilion that Lady Caroline maintains during our Jane Austen Festival. And maybe you have even been so fortunate to have an audience with her in her pavilion while she has served you refreshment. Now she will be joining us to not only celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday, but to also educate us on the proper etiquette and fashion for mourning.

Reservations are required- email RCjasnaGL@gmail.com. $10 for guests and Free for JASNA members. www.jasnalouisville.com