2020 18th Century Market Fair
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
The 2020 Market Fair is now virtual! Join us online October 24 – 25, 2020 for virtual talks, demonstrations, music, entertainments, and more as we bring the spirit of the past alive.
Weekend Pass: $12
Saturday Only: $8
Sunday Only: $8
Tickets now available for Virtual Market Fair 2020 here!
We’re grateful to these Market Fair sponsors for their support:
The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
The General Society of Colonial Wars
Schedule of Events
All Live programs will take place over Zoom. All recorded programs will air on Locust Grove’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts at the time listed.
Saturday, October 24
LIVE 11:00 AM Special lecture by Mel Hankla on 18th Century Flintlocks
Mel Hankla will discuss the “Kentucky Rifle;” its name, its unigue design, and its importance within the cultural fabric of Kentucky. He will elaborate on the fine Jacob Rizer rifle that is in the Locust Grove collection, and use it to introduce its maker, his apprentice David Weller, and others Bardstown makers inspired by them. He will then discuss how this story blends into my book, Into The Bluegrass, Art and Artistry of Kentucky’s Historic Icons, and delve in the story of George Rogers Clark, and show photos of artifacts belonging to Clark and his men, Wm. Linn and Edward Worthington.
RECORDED 12:30 PM Music inside Locust Grove by Drewry Family Historical Productions
LIVE 2:00 pm Reenactor Roundtable
Six reenactors all who discovered the pastime differently and got involved for different reasons will share their thoughts on what it means to them and why it’s important and to answer your questions. If you’ve always been curious about what goes into it or wanted to get involved but didn’t know how, this is the discussion for you.
LIVE 4:00 PM The Role of Punch in the 18th Century Period Punch Brian Cushing
Before fancy individual cocktails were the fashionable way to experience distilled spirits, people gathered around a convivial bowl of punch. Join Locust Grove Program Director Brian Cushing for a brief look at what it was, why it was made, and how to make it.
Sunday, October 25
LIVE 11:00 AM Virtual Tour of Locust Grove with Brian Cushing
Explore the place where Louisville begins from the comfort of your own home! Join Locust Grove Program Director Brian Cushing on a virtual tour of the historic house at Locust Grove that answers all of your questions about life in 1816.
RECORDED 1:00 PM Custom Wig Company
LIVE 4:00 PM Music by Lance Minnis and Adin Pemberton
The Kitchen Lads of Virginia have been entertaining visitors and participants of Locust Grove‘s 18th Century market fair for several years. Purveyors of period song, balladeers of hardship, longing, and the joys of the rustic life, Lance Minnis (Jack Salt) and Adin Pemberton (The Blue Ridge Tinkers) will send you home with a bang.
Market Fair Vendors
Shop our Market Fair Vendors online!
96 District Fabrics
Apple Cart Creations
Blue Cat Buttonworks
Cathy Grafton Silk Ribbon Embroidery: Embroidery and Quilting
Custom Wig Company: Historic Wigs
Dancing Weasel Silver: Silversmith
D. Book, Merchant
Daniel Boone of Kentucky Co.
Father, Son & Friends
Flying Canoe Traders
Flying Heart Millinery
His Lordships’ Beef
J. Henderson Artifacts: Stoneware
Old Dominion Forge
Pickaway Plains Trading Co.
R. McKinney, 1777: 18th-century Woodworker
Romantically Bent: 18th-century clothing
Shady Grove Woodworks: 18th-century woodworking
Simple Soap Works: Handmade herbal lye soaps
Smoke and Fire Co.
Spring Valley Lodges
Strano Books: Bookbinding
Virginia Floor Cloth and Textile Co.
Wax Portraits by Donna Weaver
Weeping Heart Trade Co.: Fine leather goods and reproduction clothing