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:

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.

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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

10/05/2022
Afternoon Lecture: The Thomas Bullitt Survey Expedition, Kentucky 1773
Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

        Dennis Medley explores the challenging and dangerous work of early surveyors and expedition leaders, and the importance that surveying played in westward expansion, particularly in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.   Dennis Medley is a reenactor with the group known as the Fincastle County Surveyors, and will also bring a display of original surveying equipment available during his presentation as well.   This lecture will be held in the Auditorium of Locust Grove. Refreshments will be served, starting at 1:00 pm, with lecture beginning at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, or $4 for members of Locust Grove.

10/15/2022
Fall on the Farm
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Enjoy a day filled with the hustle and bustle of harvesting, cooking, distilling and other activities that would welcome in the fall season on a 19th-century farm. Learn about the seasonal life on a farm through historic demonstrations in the hearth kitchen, farm distillery, and outbuildings. Regular site admission prices.

10/25/2022
Frankenstein: A Reading Performance by Kentucky Shakespeare
Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Just in time for Halloween, join Kentucky Shakespeare in Locust Grove's new roofed outdoor pavilion as they bring this classic story to life in a staged reading performance by the dark of the moon. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote and published Frankenstein during the Croghan's occupancy of Locust Grove, making this a perfect melding of worlds to mark the season. Light refreshments provided. Bundle up if the weather’s cold. Tickets $20 per person or $15 for Locust Grove members; reservations open soon.  Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 7:00 pm.  

10/29/2022 - 10/30/2022
Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

With regret, Locust Grove announces the decision to cancel this year’s 18th Century Market Fair. While we have appreciated the support and planned participation of the Revolutionary War re-enacting community, the absence of sutlers, merchandise vendors, and food vendors, along with staffing and funding issues, will make it impossible to present an event that can live up to the standards of previous years. The stresses of the past few years have taken a toll on all of us, individuals and organizations, and this will be a season to regroup and reconsider what an event like this can be in the future. We hope to see you again in the future for events that commemorate the significance of this period in our shared history.    

10/29/2022 - 10/30/2022
Market Fair at Locust Grove
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm

With regret, Locust Grove announces the decision to cancel this year’s 18th Century Market Fair. While we have appreciated the support and planned participation of the Revolutionary War re-enacting community, the absence of sutlers, merchandise vendors, and food vendors, along with staffing and funding issues, will make it impossible to present an event that can live up to the standards of previous years. The stresses of the past few years have taken a toll on all of us, individuals and organizations, and this will be a season to regroup and reconsider what an event like this can be in the future. We hope to see you again in the future for events that commemorate the significance of this period in our shared history.    

11/20/2022
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series | Basset Buffet
Sunday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series Basset Buffet Sunday, November 20, 2022 The Chamber Music Concert Series resumes in the Great Parlor of the historic house! Come hear what one of the most unusual woodwind instruments ever created - the Basset Horn, made famous in the late 1700s by W.A. Mozart is. Many of his chamber music works, Operas solos and even a Concerto were composed for this instrument. The Basset Horn inspired other composers, some well known, some not.  Led by Ernie Gross from the Louisville Orchestra. Refreshments at 5:00, concert begins at 5:30. Tickets available soon.

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

This new event includes elements of the previous Christmastide event, with our First Person Interpreter corps and our "Unfolding the Story" cast in character as residents, free and enslaved, of 1816 Locust Grove, focusing on the work of the farm preparing for winter with food preservation going on in the outbuildings and family plans for gatherings. Much of the activity will take place outdoors, so visitors should come prepared for the weather. Saturday, December 10th, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. $5 per person. Concurrent with the Winter Book Sale and other seasonal events.

02/19/2023
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series – The Evolving Cello
Sunday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

“The Evolving Cello: Sonatas & Sinfonia by Italian Virtuosi
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, 5:30 pm
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.Tickets available soon.

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