About Locust Grove

This c.1792 Georgian mansion tells the story of its owners, William and Lucy Clark Croghan, and the story of American beginnings. William and Lucy Clark Croghan and Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, welcomed a generation of American luminaries to their home to rest, dialogue, campaign, and duel. Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, John James Audubon, Cassius Marcellus C, and Lewis and Clark—among others—all passed through Locust Grove. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history.

Our Mission

We preserve and interpret the historic landscape and buildings of Locust Grove, the final home of Louisville’s founder George Rogers Clark, and tell the stories of all the individuals who lived and worked here, both free and enslaved, cultivating a deeper understanding of the present through a richer understanding of the past.

About Locust Grove

Locust Grove, constructed between 1790 and 1794 on the edge of America’s frontier, served as the home to Major William and Lucy Clark Croghan and their nine children. Additionally, it was the workplace of around 100 enslaved workers until 1856.

The historic brick, three-story Federal house with Georgian influences expanded over time to become a 693.5-acre farm and county seat, located about five miles from Louisville. Notable visitors included Presidents James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, and Zachary Taylor, as well as Vice-President Aaron Burr, artist John James Audubon, and explorer Stephen Bishop, who created the first map of Mammoth Cave during his stay.

General George Rogers Clark, a prominent Revolutionary War figure and founder of Louisville, resided at Locust Grove from 1809 until his death in 1818. Afterward, the property passed to Lucy Croghan until her death, then to their son, William Croghan Jr., who later sold it to his brother-in-law, George Hancock. Subsequent ownership transfers occurred, including to Dr. John Croghan, St. George Croghan, Captain James and Mary Ann Richardson Paul, and finally, the Waters Family.

In 1958, after Lily Waters’ death, Locust Grove was auctioned, sparking a movement to preserve it as a memorial to General Clark. Learn more about the restoration and preservation of Locust Grove.

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