Calendar of Events

Shakespeare in the Parks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Friday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

An irrepressible sprite named Puck creates havoc in a forest for four young lovers on Midsummer night — and then attempts to convince everyone (including the audience) that it’s all just been a dream. Join the internationally renowned Kentucky Shakespeare company as they present a 90-minute production of one of Shakespeare’s favorite plays — A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Admission is free. The performance area, food, and drink will be available at 5:30 pm; the play starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Pre-show by Louisville Metro Fencing Concord Club at 6:00 pm. Against The Grain Brewery will have beer for sale. Bring your own blankets and chairs.

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

Get back to Locust Grove’s roots at the Gardeners’ Fair! Over 40 vendors and demonstrators will showcase gorgeous plants and flowers, delicious herbs, hardy perennials and garden art and tools for your own green spaces! Bid on items in the Silent Auction in the Visitors' Center, enjoy music on the grounds, and grab a bite to eat from a food truck! Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6–12, free for children under 6.

Africa in Our Kitchens: Hearth Meal Tasting
Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learn about 18th and 19th-century hearth cooking practices and the African influence on American cooking through enslaved cooks with historical interpreter and culinary historian Michael Twitty. During this tasting event, guests will taste traditional recipes cooked by Michael Twitty in Locust Grove's hearth kitchen and hear how the lived experiences of enslaved African Americans inform our national story and national taste buds, as African culture and food practices became associated with American cooking. Tickets on sale April 21, 2018; $18/$15 for Locust Grove members. Prepaid reservations required; Call (502) 897-9845.

Africa in Our Kitchens: Open Air Barbecue Sampler
Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Experience an 18th-century barbecue that recreates the practices of enslaved African Americans living in early America as Michael Twitty roasts a whole sheep over an open pit. The foodways of the enslaved have had a profound influence on the flavors that persist in American recipes, intrinsically linking African culture with our present understanding of traditional food. Michael Twitty’s food will give you a taste of the past while offering an understanding of the unique stories and experiences of enslaved African Americans. Tickets on sale April 21, 2018. $23/$20 for Locust Grove members. Prepaid reservations required; call (502) 897-9845.

Africa in Our Kitchens: How Enslaved African-American Cooks Shaped American Cuisine
Friday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Historical interpreter and culinary historian Michael Twitty will discuss his research into the foodways of the enslaved and how their culture and experience shaped the American palate. Tickets on sale April 21, 2018; $12/$10 for Locust Grove members. Prepaid reservations required; Call (502) 897-9845.

Special Tour: The Woods of Locust Grove
Saturday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Volunteer and neighbor Jennifer McCormick will lead you on a tour of the 30 acres of Locust Grove that are wooded. Learn about native species and those introduced by settlers and see traces of the past as you follow the forest trails. $9 for adults, $7 Locust Grove members, $4 ages 6-12. Free for children under 6. Reservations required; please call 502-897-9845. Meet at the Visitors' Center.

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. For the  "Early Bard" Discount, register by March 31 and use promo code CAMP2018 at check-out for 10% off!

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Charlotte Dupuy: Suing for Freedom
 
The daughter of George and Rachel Stanley, Charlotte Dupuy was born in Cambridge, Maryland, in 1787. Her parents were owned and enslaved by Daniel Parker. Eight short years later, Dupuy was sold to James Condon for $100 and was forced to leave her family.
In 1805, at the age of 18, Charlotte was brought to Kentucky by Mr. Condon and was registered as his slave. While in Kentucky she met Aaron Dupuy, who was enslaved by Henry Clay and his wife, Lucretia. Charlotte and Aaron were married in 1806 and Charlotte was sold to the Clay family.
In 1825, the Clay family moved to Washington, D.C. as Henry Clay served as Secretary of State. Charlotte found a lawyer who filed papers for her and her children, suing for their freedom. Her petition was denied and Charlotte was jailed for refusing to return to Kentucky with the Clays. She was later emancipated by Henry Clay in 1840.
Presented by Elizabeth Lawson. This program was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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.

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

Carrie Wright: Lyme Regis: A Place of Revelation for Jane Austen and Anne Elliot
For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.   

Summer Thursday Concert Series with Kentucky Opera
Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

From the early farm beginnings in the 1790s, to the present day historical preservation, Kentucky Opera artists will explore the history of Locust Grove through the music of the region, featuring the evolution of spirituals, hymns, American art songs and opera.
Bring your own blankets and chairs. Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 6:30 pm. Ticket prices TBD.

Books, Collectibles, & 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, in all categories. Books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design.
Saturday, June 23, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission)
Sunday, June 24, 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. Fine food & drink. $8 adults; children under 12 free.

Independence Day
Wednesday, 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.   We'll have a small summer-reading book sale, with all books priced at only $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks.

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

Festival Prep
Help us get everything ready for the 10th 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. For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Christopher Quirk: Stabilization at Locust Grove
Preservation architect Christopher Quirk will present an overview of the assessment process and design considerations that led to the selected treatment of Locust Grove. The presentation will also include progress photos from the installation of the wall anchors and removal of flooring at the attic level. Last summer’s masonry reinforcement project was the culmination of seven years of assessment and design exploration by architects and engineers who specialize in historic preservation. Concerns about bowing of the gable end walls prompted a survey of the exterior masonry and laser scanning of the exterior walls. John Milner Associates prepared plan and elevation drawings to assist in analysis and inspected the masonry from the ground and high reach lifts. Review and organization of existing historic documentation informed the assessment and guided the work of structural engineers Robert Silman Associates from Alexandria, Virginia and the local office of TetraTech, Inc. The task of stabilizing walls was made particularly challenging as the extensive interior reinterpretation had been completed, and ceiling and wall finishes could not be compromised. The final solution included the use of traditional star anchors as well as the installation of high-tech Cintec concealed anchors, an approach that limited the evidence of the repairs.
Christopher Quirk has had the privilege of working on many local and national treasures including the U. S. Marine Hospital (Louisville), Sage Chapel at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Ohio State University, Ellis Island, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home (Columbia, SC). He is particularly attached to Locust Grove where he has been working off and on since 2003. His Locust Grove work has included assessment of condition before and after blasting on adjacent property, a conservation assessment, structural reinforcement of the existing masonry walls, and replacement of the main house roof.

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.

The 10th Annual Jane Austen Festival – Friday
Friday, 4:00pm - 11:00pm

10th Annual Jane Austen Festival The Largest Jane Austen Event in North America! July 13, 14 & 15, 2018 Friday, July 13, 4:00-11:00 p.m. Twilight Shopping Celebrating Persuasion: 200 Years of Piercing Souls. This is our Friday Evening Twilight Shopping event with early access to the Shoppes of Meryton, special Friday Evening food, and a NEW staged reading of Persuasion for entertainment.
FESTIVAL ADMISSION: Friday- $6
Children under 12 admitted free with an adult
Go to jasnalouisville.com for more information. Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Louisville Region.
Online advance registration will begin on June 6th, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Advance registration is highly recommended for the Four-Course Afternoon Tea, Workshops and the Grand Ball (Dinner plus Ball and Ball Only options) as they sell-out before the festival opens.
For more information, please email janeaustenfestivalKY@gmail.com. Go to jasnalouisville.com for more information.
Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Louisville Region.  Watch our website for updated information, www.jasnalouisville.com

The 10th Annual Jane Austen Festival – Saturday and Sunday
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

10th Annual Jane Austen Festival
The Largest Jane Austen Event in North America!
July 13, 14 & 15, 2018
Celebrating Persuasion: 200 Years of Piercing Souls.
Throughout the weekend, immerse yourself in the Regency world at the 1790s Georgian farm, Locust Grove. Attend presentations by our Featured speakers and a Regency Style Show under the Big Tent, watch demonstrations of Regency past-times, gain new skills to further your Regency education with our Workshops, delight in Four-Course Afternoon Tea, visit and shop our Regency Emporium and Shoppes of Meryton, promenade with "Anne Elliot in Bath," encounter His Majesty's Royal Navy, and dine and dance the night away at our Grand Ball (at a different location).
Ticketed Events (plus Festival admission): Four-Course Afternoon Tea ($25), a Children’s Tea ($20), and Workshops (prices vary, TBA).
Events free with Festival admission: A Regency Style Show, Regency Emporium and Shoppes of Meryton, Regency Fashion Display, Bare Knuckle Boxing Demonstration, Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration, an encampment of His Majesty’s Royal Navy, a Punch & Judy show, a Persuasion adaptation (Friday Night only) as well as tours of the 1790s Georgian home (Saturday and Sunday only) and more!
Festival Admission: Saturday & Sunday- $15 each day;
Two-day admission $25 (available online only)
Children under 12 admitted free with an adult
Online advance registration will begin on June 6th, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Advance registration is highly recommended for the Four-Course Afternoon Tea, Workshops and the Grand Ball (Dinner plus Ball and Ball Only options) as they sell-out before the festival opens.
For more information, please email janeaustenfestivalKY@gmail.com. Go to jasnalouisville.com for more information.
Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Louisville Region. 

Summer Thursday Concert Series with Kentucky Opera
Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy a toast…or several, with appropriate libations and your favorite opera drinking songs performed by Kentucky Opera artists. Come early to explore the distilling activities of early small-farm Kentucky with The Farm Distillery Project.
Bring your own blankets and chairs. Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 6:30 pm. Ticket prices TBD.

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

By Jefferson Memorial Forest. Ages 7 to 12 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

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Faces & Places in Kentucky Quilts & Textiles – Sandy Staebell
Quilts and other textiles frequently use faces and places that are tied to memory and provide a sense of identity, family, or place. In some, these images were based on real-life individuals such as President George Washington and Kentuckians Henry Clay, George Rogers Clark, and Robert Penn Warren, while in others they were inspired by fictional characters such as Don Quixote or children, real and or imagined. Examples of "places" found in textiles include state quilts, governmental buildings, churches, and honeymoon cottages. Sandy Staebell is the Registrar and Collections Curator at the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University. This program was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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.

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

Summer Picnic
For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

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

Special members Preview, Thursday, March 1, 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.

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.

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.

Watershed Music Festival
Saturday, 10:00am - 9:00pm

Watershed is a music and advocacy festival featuring bands and performers of Kentucky traditional music styles from Kentucky and beyond, like Old Time, Appalachian, Blues, R & B, Jug Band, Bluegrass, and more! Sponsored by local non-profit Luminary, Watershed uses music and advocacy partners to promote conversation and ideas in the areas of sustainability, diversity, social justice, and water quality.

For more information, visit Watershed Festival online here.

Summer Thursday Concert Series with Kentucky Opera
Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy your opera favorites as explored through the history of Locust Grove.
Settler William Croghan was calling Louisville home by 1784. That same year, Mozart became a Freemason in Austria, personally adapting ideals that not only influenced the American Founding Fathers, but would later embed themselves in his acclaimed opera, The Magic Flute . When The Magic Flute premiered a few years later in 1792, Italian opera legend Gioacchino Rossini was born in Italy, and back in Kentucky, William and Lucy Clark Croghan were building their home, Locust Grove. The Croghan family sold the land to riverboat captain James Paul in 1878, when productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore premiered in the states, inspiring great interest in light opera throughout the country. When the site was purchased by Jefferson County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and subsequently restored and opened to the public in 1964, Kentucky Opera was producing Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Bring your own blankets and chairs. Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 6:30 pm. Ticket prices TBD.

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.

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

Ron Basham: “…A few compliments to the Navy…”: The British Navy During the Georgian and Regency Era
For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

Books, Collectibles, & 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, in all categories. Books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design.
Saturday, September 29, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission)
Sunday, September 30, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)

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.

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.

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

Mary Landrum: Anne Elliot’s Nephews: The Daily Life of Children in Regency England
For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

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. Admission $8 adults, $4 children.

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.

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

Susan Byars: “She glorified in being a sailor’s wife…”: Regency Women and His Majesty’s Navy
For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.

Museum Store Sale
Friday - Monday, 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.

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.

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.  

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

Dining with Jane Austen
For further information on the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, please visit http://jasnalouisville.com/.