Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark on 55 acres of the original 694 acre farm established by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. William Croghan was the brother-in-law and surveying partner of George Rogers Clark, founder of Louisville and Revolutionary War hero. George Rogers Clark spent the last nine years of his life at Locust Grove, from 1809 until his death in 1818.

Locust Grove also hosted three U.S. Presidents, Monroe, Jackson and Taylor, and was a stopping point for famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark upon their return from their expedition to the Pacific. In addition, Locust Grove was home to numerous enslaved African-Americans who lived and worked on the farm and contributed to its success. Locust Grove tells the story of George Rogers Clark, early Kentucky history, western expansion and everyday life on the frontier.

Above, portrait of George Rogers Clark by Matthew Jouett courtesy of The Filson Historical Society

Locust Grove is owned by Louisville Metro Government and operated by Historic Locust Grove, Inc.

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Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark.


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August 22 - 24
Summer Used Book Sale
Friday Aug. 22, 10:00-7:00
Saturday
& Sunday Aug. 23 & 24, 10:00-4:30
Special members Preview, Thursday, August 21, 5:00-7:30 pm. Memberships available at the door.

20,000+ used, antiquarian, and new books in all categories will be offered for sale.  All categories-history, biography, mysteries, reference, science fiction, travel, cookbooks, children’s, Kentucky, romance, crafts, gardening, and much, much, more! We've recently received big donations of books about the Civil War, World War II, art, and lots of golf books, many of which are signed.

Most paperbacks will be $1; most hardcover books, $2. On the other side of the room divider, you’ll find a number of books bargain-priced at $3 to $8. And, as always, we’ll have a selection of illustrated, rare, collectible, autographed, and sets of books at various prices, all of which are great bargains, too.

Note that on Friday, the first day of the public sale, we’re open until 7:00 p.m. so you can shop after school or after work! Our volunteers continually add books to the tables (and floors) during the first two days. On Sunday, all books are half–price, or you may fill a bag of books for $10. 

Proceeds from our semi-annual Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs.


Rediscover
Locust Grove

It's summer on the beautiful 55-acre grounds of Locust Grove, with gardens, historic stone walls, fields, woods, and outbuildings. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, without charge.

The main house at Locust Grove has undergone a complete interior re-restoration over the past three years. Based on new research in paint analysis and new documentary findings, the early paint layers have been reproduced and the house shines with verdigris, glows with ochre and rose-colored paints, with period wallpaper and carpeting in several rooms. Originally restored and furnished in the 1960s, this restoration includes a new look at room uses and furnishings, and how the Croghans’ extended household lived in the new nation.

A significant feature of the restoration is the custom wallpaper reprinted for Locust Grove by Adelphi Wall Hangings: the French firm of Reveillon’s Arabesque design, found in the House and recreated as one of the most complex printing jobs ever undertaken by Adelphi.

Tours are offered every hour: 10:15; 11:15; 12:15; 1:15; 2:15 and 3:15 daily; Sunday at 1:15; 2:15 and 3:15.


Here's the new marker for the graves of the Croghan family at Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery. The plaque was put up by the Kentucky Historical Society with funding from the Fincastle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Historic Locust Grove, Inc. It marks the graves of William and Lucy Croghan, their children John, Nicholas, Edmund, and Eliza, daughter-in-law Mary Croghan and her infant child, and servant Mrs. McSorley and child. All of these burials were moved from the family cemetery at Locust Grove in the early 20th century. To find the gravesite at Cave Hill, turn left just past the main entrance and continue to take every left hand fork, following the cemetery's northwest wall, until you come to the gravesite, off the road to the right.


Slave Life at Locust Grove
Exhibit Room
on the Grounds
As part of a long-term effort to research and present the life of the enslaved African-Americans who lived and worked at Locust Grove, we have designated the outbuilding known as the “Residence” as a re-creation of a slave dwelling of the period in the first decades of the 19th century when the Croghans and George Rogers Clark lived at Locust Grove.

This structure, a single room and loft, is the center section of the outbuilding row directly east of the main House, between the kitchen and the smoke house. This room was probably NOT originally used as a slave residence, but as either a residence for an overseer or caretaker, or perhaps even as the laundry for the site. However, in the absence of an original or reconstructed slave house on the site, using this room allows us to discuss and interpret the living and working space of an enslaved family.

We will present the space as the workroom of Locust Grove’s seamstress and shoemaker, who would use both the downstairs room (with a fireplace) and the upstairs unheated loft.

The Slave Residence room itself is included in all regular tours of the site.


A Country Worth Defending
Land & Family in Early Kentucky

Locust Grove's permanent exhibit

This exhibit focuses on the interpretation of the American Revolution in the West and the people who settled and built this region. It includes the surveying work of George Rogers Clark, Louisville’s founder, and his brother-in-law, William Croghan, who built Locust Grove, including a recreated surveyors’ office exhibit in the 1810 log building.

Other sections of the exhibit look at the interactions of the Croghan family and their enslaved workers in the daily life of an early Kentucky farm.


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Upcoming Events

Cultural Pass holders:

We encourage you to visit on Monday-Friday, for our 10:15 and 11:15 tours. These shorter tours will be designed with children in mind. At other times, we will offer a more limited experience to cultural pass holders. Passes are not accepted during special events.

Wednesday, August 6, 1:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series

Undressing the Croghan Men
Locust Grove docent and historical reenactor Brian Cushing gives a detailed look at male fashions during
the first part of the 1800s - clothing similar to what the first two generations of Croghans would have worn. He will examine the fashions themselves, how they evolved, and how and why the
garments looked and functioned the way they did. (Suitable for all audiences.)

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 $5, $3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

August 22-24
Summer Used Book Sale
Friday Aug. 22, 10:00-7:00
Saturday
& Sunday Aug. 23 & 24, 10:00-4:30
Special members Preview, Thursday, August 21, 5:00-7:30 pm. Memberships available at the door.
See description on the left.

Proceeds from our semi-annual Used Book Sales support all of Locust Grove’s programs.

Wednesday, September 3, 1:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series

Andrew Jackson
Considered the historian of Western Kentucky, William T. Turner will look at the life of President Andrew Jackson, with an emphasis on what made him the man he became. He'll discuss Jackson's Nashville home, The Hermitage, and Jackson's emotional attachment to it. 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 $5, $3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

Sunday, September 21, 2 pm
Jane Austen Society
Staged Reading of Lover’s Vows, Kathi E.B. Ellis directing

Sunday, September 28, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fall Antiques Market
Furniture, silver, jewelry, quilts, rugs, porcelain, books, textiles, dishes, dolls, serveware – just about any antiques or collectibles you’re looking for are here at Locust Grove. Dealers from the South and Midwest come together for Locust Grove’s semi-annual Antiques Markets. Admission is $6 ($3 for children 6-12). Admission includes tours of the historic house museum. Concessions are available. Proceeds support the continued operation and preservation of Locust Grove.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 1, 1:00 pm

Lynn Renau
War of 1812 and the Boys of the Beargrass

Often called “the second American Revolution,” the War of 1812 encompassed sea battles famous for immortal messages such as “Don’t give up the ship”, “We have met the enemy and they are ours", The Star Spangled Banner, and bloody land battles. Boys from the Beargrass Creek families that fought included George Croghan, Zachary Taylor, the Wells brothers, the Edwards boys, and George “Vulcan” Rudy.  Their stories - personal, inspiring and tragic - bring a war fought two hundred years ago back to life.  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 $5, $3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

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561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

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