Museum Hours

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Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm
Self-Guided Tours offered Thursday - Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm on the quarter-hour.
Advance reservations are required! Buy tickets for the self-guided tour here.
Guided Grounds Tours offered Thursday - Saturday 10:00 am.
  Advance reservations for required! Buy tickets for the grounds tour here. 
Locust Grove is closed to the public on Sunday and Mondays, for 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 self-guided tour of the house and grounds is available Thursdays through Saturdays from 12:00 - 3:00 pm and is scheduled on the quarter-hour. A self-guided tour should be scheduled in advance online here.
Photography policy may be found here.
Find our Visitors' Guide here

Admission

$12 for adults
$10 for seniors
$6 for children 6-18 years
Gallery only $6 for adults | $3 for children 6 - 18 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

08/14/2020
The Punch Bowl IV
Friday, 5:30am - 7:00pm

Gather ‘round the punch bowl with fellow museum enthusiasts for a historical happy hour as Fawn Weaver and Andrea Meriwether discuss the role of African Americans in distilling, accompanied by our usual panel. No sports, just drinks—and some toasts along the way!

Panelists:
Brian Cushing, Historic Locust Grove (Host)
Fawn Weaver, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Andrea Meriwether, Barfare Concepts
Alan Bishop, Spirits of French Lick
Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon
Aaron Hollis, West Overton Village

Register for this event here: https://bit.ly/PunchBowlIV
For questions, email Hannah Zimmerman at marketing@locustgrove.org.

08/20/2020
Dr. John Hale | Older than the Pyramids: Ancient Astronomical Wonders of the Royal Tomb at Newgrange, Ireland
Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Celebrate William Croghan’s Irish heritage with a virtual visit to one of Ireland’s greatest archaeological treasures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site — The Royal Tomb at Newgrange. Dr. John Hale, director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville, will talk about its place in Ireland’s history and folklore. Newgrange, built around 3200 BC, is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. This is a virtual program and will take place over Zoom.
Tickets are available at the following level:
Pyramid Level | $8.00
Stonehenge Level | $12.00
Newgrange Level | $15.00
Purchase tickets here: http://bit.ly/hlgtickets
A link will be emailed to you after your purchase in advance of the program. Please email Hannah at marketing@locustgrove.org with questions.

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. 

10/24/2020 - 10/25/2020
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Stay tuned as we announce our plans for this year's edition of 18th Century Market Fair! For questions, please email Brian Cushing at bcushing@locustgrove.org.

10/24/2020 - 10/25/2020
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Stay tuned as we announce our plans for this year's edition of 18th Century Market Fair! For questions, please email Brian Cushing at bcushing@locustgrove.org.

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. 

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