Museum Hours

Find our Visitors' Guide here
 
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.

2020 Calendar of Events

06/03/2020
Living Room Lectures | Nancy Theiss: Touring the Underground Railroad Along the Ohio River
Wednesday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Nancy Theiss | Touring the Underground Railroad Along the Ohio River

Locust Grove is going live from our living rooms for a virtual lecture series! Nancy Stearns Theiss, Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society, will speak about her new book, Touring the Underground Railroad Along the Ohio River, as she identifies museums, places and historic sites and homes that served as connections for freedom seekers that crossed the boundary from the slave side, south of the river to the free soil on the north side.
According to Theiss, by experiencing these places and settings, you gain an understanding of the actual dangers and obstacles that freedom seekers had to make, most of which were life-threatening, to flee their enslavement. As the threat of the Civil War loomed, the Underground Railroad became a well- connected system where many became conductors to help their brothers and sisters cross that dangerous boundary.
This program sponsored in part by John and Jeannie Vezeau.
This lecture will take place online using Zoom. Register by emailing Hannah Zimmerman at marketing@locustgrove.org and receive instructions on how to connect. The lecture is free; a suggested donation of $6 may be made to Locust Grove here: https://bit.ly/livingroomlecture.

07/04/2020
Independence Day
Saturday, 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 discover the Revolutionary spirit through historic trades demonstrations. 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.  

08/05/2020
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.

08/13/2020
The Summer Used Book Sale: Members’ Preview
Thursday, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Special members Preview, Thursday, August 13, 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.    

08/14/2020
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.

08/15/2020 - 08/16/2020
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.

08/15/2020 - 08/16/2020
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.

08/16/2020
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 Summer Picnic at Locust Grove
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/.

09/02/2020
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.

09/05/2020
Farm Distillery Day at Locust Grove
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a 19th century farm distillery as we prepare a period mash! The Locust Grove Farm Distillery project represents the small farm-scale distilling activities of early Kentucky, before mass production. Learn how whiskey and brandy would be made—from grain to still—and how distilling was one of the best ways to preserve excess grain and fruit crops. As distilling was often the work of enslaved workers, especially women, you'll hear about their impact on the small farm economy of the early 19th century. In 1808, the year William Croghan of Locust Grove acquired his still, Kentucky’s whiskey had not yet developed into the now distinct Bourbon. While some of the elements were there, Locust Grove’s whiskey was likely white and unaged, never having touched the inside of a barrel.
In partnership with Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Spirits of French Lick.
This facility does not produce alcohol or spirits.
Admission is $9 for adults | $8 for seniors | $4 for children 6-12 years. Admission includes the Visitors' Center, a historic house tour, and the other outbuildings on-site, in addition to the Farm Distillery. 

09/20/2020
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Alana Gillett – A staged reading of Jane Austen’s A History of England
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/.

09/26/2020 - 09/27/2020
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 26, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, September 27, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)

09/26/2020 - 09/27/2020
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 26, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, September 27, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)

09/27/2020
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.

10/07/2020
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.

10/18/2020
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Carolyn Vetter – “Drawing Room Games…or How to Flirt at a Regency-era Party” Program and Workshop
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/.

10/24/2020 - 10/25/2020
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. A full schedule and list of vendors may be found here: https://locustgrove.org/18th-century-market-fair/ *** Reenactor Registration may be found here.

10/24/2020 - 10/25/2020
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. A full schedule and list of vendors may be found here: https://locustgrove.org/18th-century-market-fair/ *** Reenactor Registration may be found here.

10/24/2020
Farm Distillery Day at Locust Grove
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a 19th century farm distillery as we prepare a period mash! The Locust Grove Farm Distillery project represents the small farm-scale distilling activities of early Kentucky, before mass production. Learn how whiskey and brandy would be made—from grain to still—and how distilling was one of the best ways to preserve excess grain and fruit crops. As distilling was often the work of enslaved workers, especially women, you'll hear about their impact on the small farm economy of the early 19th century. In 1808, the year William Croghan of Locust Grove acquired his still, Kentucky’s whiskey had not yet developed into the now distinct Bourbon. While some of the elements were there, Locust Grove’s whiskey was likely white and unaged, never having touched the inside of a barrel.
In partnership with Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Spirits of French Lick.
This facility does not produce alcohol or spirits.
Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for children 6- 12, free for children under 6; historic house tours included. Admission includes the 18th Century Market Fair.  

11/04/2020
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.

11/14/2020
Farm Distillery Day at Locust Grove
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a 19th century farm distillery as we prepare a period mash! The Locust Grove Farm Distillery project represents the small farm-scale distilling activities of early Kentucky, before mass production. Learn how whiskey and brandy would be made—from grain to still—and how distilling was one of the best ways to preserve excess grain and fruit crops. As distilling was often the work of enslaved workers, especially women, you'll hear about their impact on the small farm economy of the early 19th century. In 1808, the year William Croghan of Locust Grove acquired his still, Kentucky’s whiskey had not yet developed into the now distinct Bourbon. While some of the elements were there, Locust Grove’s whiskey was likely white and unaged, never having touched the inside of a barrel.
In partnership with Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Spirits of French Lick.
This facility does not produce alcohol or spirits.
Admission is $9 for adults | $8 for seniors | $4 for children 6-12 years. Admission includes the Visitors' Center, a historic house tour, and the other outbuildings on-site, in addition to the Farm Distillery. 

11/15/2020
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Shailendra Chopra – “The Royal Colleges of Medicine: A Brief History of Organized Medicine in Regency England”
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/.

12/02/2020
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.

12/05/2020
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.  

12/13/2020
Jane Austen Society Meeting
Sunday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. John McLeod: “The King and the Prince Regent: George III, George IV, and the Monarchy in Jane Austen’s Britain”
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/.

Please click the calendar on the left for individual event information.