Visit Locust Grove

Welcome to Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark and your gateway to early Kentucky beginnings.

General Information

We are located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.

The grounds of Locust Grove are open from sunrise to sunset, with the Visitors’ Center open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Our Tours

Locust Grove offers a Guided House Tour, and Unfolding the Story tour from the perspective of the enslaved. Tickets for a tour can be purchased upon your arrival or in advance here.

Guided House Tour:

Offered Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time for an optional viewing of a 12-minute introductory film in the Visitor’s Center.

During the Guided House Tour, a docent will guide you through the place where Louisville began, exploring the lives of the Croghan and Clark families, the enslaved, and Locust Grove’s famous visitors during early frontier Kentucky. The Guided House Tour is generally between 60 and 90 minutes long.

Unfolding The Story:

NOTE: The Unfolding The Story tours have concluded for the 2022 season. Check back in early spring for information about the upcoming 2023 season.

Offered on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. from April through October. Experience another side of Locust Grove as you accompany the Croghan family’s enslaved laundress, Louisa, and enslaved distillery assistant, Alfred, throughout their daily routine. This 90-minute tour will immerse you in the year 1816 as you witness the sights, smells and sounds of a 19th-century farm all while learning about the lives and stories of the enslaved community at Locust Grove. This tour takes place inside and outside and involves walking and standing, with some seating available. For questions or accommodations, please call 502.897.9845.

Unfolding The Story is a part of the Unfiltered Truth Collection with Louisville Tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions

DIRECTIONS

Admission

$12 for adults
$10 for seniors (65+)
$6 for children (6-18 years old)
Visitor’s Center Only: $6 for adults, $3 for children (6-18 years old)

Discounts are offered for Military, AAA, AARP and other organizations. Contact us to see if your organization applies. For groups of 10 or more, ask us about group rates and schedule your visit in advance.

Holiday Closures

We are closed to the public throughout the month of January, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and the first Saturday in May for Kentucky Derby Day.  

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.

2022 Calendar of Events

12/08/2022 - 12/11/2022
The Big Winter Book Sale
Thursday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

The Locust Grove Winter Book Sale returns to the auditorium at Locust Grove with a sale of donated used, new, and remaindered books.  Gift-quality books available at all prices in all categories, including literature, history, travel, science, cookbooks, fiction, children's and more! This year this sale is as big as our annual March and August sales, with books priced at $1 and $2 as well as the higher priced books.  The Members' Preview will be all day on Thursday December 8th. Memberships available in advance or at the door. Thursday, December 8th, 10:00am to 7:00 pm - Members ONLY. Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

12/08/2022 - 12/11/2022
The Big Winter Book Sale
Thursday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

The Locust Grove Winter Book Sale returns to the auditorium at Locust Grove with a sale of donated used, new, and remaindered books.  Gift-quality books available at all prices in all categories, including literature, history, travel, science, cookbooks, fiction, children's and more! This year this sale is as big as our annual March and August sales, with books priced at $1 and $2 as well as the higher priced books.  The Members' Preview will be all day on Thursday December 8th. Memberships available in advance or at the door. Thursday, December 8th, 10:00am to 7:00 pm - Members ONLY. Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

12/08/2022 - 12/11/2022
The Big Winter Book Sale
Thursday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

The Locust Grove Winter Book Sale returns to the auditorium at Locust Grove with a sale of donated used, new, and remaindered books.  Gift-quality books available at all prices in all categories, including literature, history, travel, science, cookbooks, fiction, children's and more! This year this sale is as big as our annual March and August sales, with books priced at $1 and $2 as well as the higher priced books.  The Members' Preview will be all day on Thursday December 8th. Memberships available in advance or at the door. Thursday, December 8th, 10:00am to 7:00 pm - Members ONLY. Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

12/08/2022 - 12/11/2022
The Big Winter Book Sale
Thursday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

The Locust Grove Winter Book Sale returns to the auditorium at Locust Grove with a sale of donated used, new, and remaindered books.  Gift-quality books available at all prices in all categories, including literature, history, travel, science, cookbooks, fiction, children's and more! This year this sale is as big as our annual March and August sales, with books priced at $1 and $2 as well as the higher priced books.  The Members' Preview will be all day on Thursday December 8th. Memberships available in advance or at the door. Thursday, December 8th, 10:00am to 7:00 pm - Members ONLY. Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

12/10/2022
Christmas on the Farm
Saturday, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us at Locust Grove on Saturday December 10th from 12:00 pm-7:00 pm as we celebrate the incoming winter season with friends and family. At this Christmastide event, we will see interpretative performances, make holiday crafts, enjoy refreshments, and more. Many of this program’s events will take place outdoors, so please come prepared for the cold weather.

Percussion Ensemble, Choir, and Band students from Lincoln Performing Arts School will also be joining the festivities with a holiday musical performance in the Locust Grove Pavilion at 1:00 pm. $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, children under 6 Free!

Concurrent with the Winter Book Sale located in the auditorium.

12/16/2022
Holiday Antiques Show – Friday Hours
Friday, 2:00pm - 7:00pm

The Sixth Annual Holiday Antiques Show features antiques for the home, the table, and the holidays. Promoted by Eric Lausch and featuring these fine dealers: Mike Slaven; Betsy Jones; Eric Lausch; John Wanat; Robert Walker; Nancy Mills; Ray and Kathy Mangenas; the Sassafras Shop; City Mouse Antiques; and Hudson House. Free parking and admission. Complimentary wine and cheese. December 16th, 2-7 pm, and December 17th, 10am-4:30 pm.

12/17/2022
Holiday Antiques Show—Saturday Hours
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

The Sixth Annual Holiday Antiques Show features antiques for the home, the table, and the holidays. Promoted by Eric Lausch and featuring these fine dealers: Mike Slaven; Betsy Jones; Eric Lausch; John Wanat; Robert Walker; Nancy Mills; Ray and Kathy Mangenas; the Sassafras Shop; City Mouse Antiques; and Hudson House. Free parking and admission. Complimentary wine and cheese. December 16th, 2-7 pm, and December 17th, 10am-4:30 pm.

12/24/2022 - 12/27/2022
Closed For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from Christmas Eve onward until December 27th when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/24/2022 - 12/27/2022
Closed For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from Christmas Eve onward until December 27th when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/24/2022 - 12/27/2022
Closed For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from Christmas Eve onward until December 27th when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/24/2022 - 12/27/2022
Closed For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from Christmas Eve onward until December 27th when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/31/2022 - 01/03/2023
Closed for New Years

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from New Years Eve onward until January 3rd when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/31/2023 - 01/03/2023
Closed for New Years

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from New Years Eve onward until January 3rd when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/31/2023 - 01/03/2023
Closed for New Years

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from New Years Eve onward until January 3rd when full site and facilities will reopen.

12/31/2023 - 01/03/2023
Closed for New Years

The buildings and facilities at Historic Locust Grove will be closed from New Years Eve onward until January 3rd when full site and facilities will reopen.

02/19/2023
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series | The Evolving Cello: Sonatas & Sinfonia by Italian Virtuosi
Sunday, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Baroque cellist Stephanie Hunt and lutenist Jeffrey Noonan bring an exciting and entertaining program of sonatas for solo cello by early Italian masters to Locust Grove. Features music by Dall’Abaco, Vandini and Bononcini. Refreshments at 5:00 p.m.; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 p.m. This event is held on the second floor of the historic house. Climbing stairs is necessary to reach the venue. We plan to schedule a fully-accessible concert on site in another location in May. Tickets are $20 for the individual concerts; tickets and series subscriptions are available here.

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