Renting Historic Locust Grove:
Weddings & Social Events
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561 Blankenbaker Lane ~
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
(502) 897-9845
fax: (502) 897-0103;
e-mail: Jennifer Jansen
Requests for specific dates must be confirmed by staff.

Please feel free to call with questions or to check on the availability of a particular date.


Locust Grove welcomes groups for weddings, other family events, community events, retreats, and business meetings. To ensure that we can meet your specific needs, please call or email.

The grounds, including formal gardens, lawns, and the porch of the 1790 house, are available evenings, and tents may be rented and set up in designated areas. The Visitors' Center building includes the Audubon Room (auditorium), with a catering kitchen, and can be rented either together with, or separately from, the grounds. The Visitor Center is sometimes available during the day on weekdays as well for meetings and conferences.

Popular dates for weddings are often booked early - please reserve your dates as early as possible, and consider alternative days of the week.

See more wedding photos here.


Grounds and Visitors' Center:
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm: $1500.00 plus $2.00 per person in excess of 500 people. Limit 1500 people.
Mondays - Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm: $600.00 plus $2.00 per person in excess of 500 people. Limit 1500 people.
Fridays, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm: $1200.00 plus $2.00 per person in excess of 500 people. Limit 1500 people.
$300.00 damage deposit required.

Visitors' Center ONLY:
$600.00 Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$450.00 Monday through Thursday; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm or 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
Limit 200 people standing.
$300.00 Damage deposit required.

$100.00 Caretaker's Fee charged for evening rentals.

Ask about a discount for renting the site for both the Rehearsal Dinner and the Wedding!

Business Meetings & Organizational and Corporate Events

Locust Grove is an unusual and refreshing setting for a business meeting or other event.

Locust Grove is available for organizational and corporate meetings, luncheons, classes, and retreats. The Audubon Room auditorium is equipped with projection equipment for DVDs or PowerPoint presentations. The space can be arranged to seat up to 120 participants; and 14 8-ft. tables are available for your use.

A flexible divider allows dividing the space in two for breakout sessions, or to shape the room to your needs. A catering kitchen opens on to the room for easy service of breakfast, snacks, and lunch as needed. You can choose any caterer that you prefer.

The patio, grounds, and gardens provide a relaxing setting for breaks and, in good weather, breakout sessions. The room itself has a fireplace that can be used in colder weather.

Rates are flexible depending on the size of the group and the length of the program. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs for setup and starting times, taking into consideration the needs of the historic site.

Please call us at 502-897-9845 for more information and reservations.

Information & Rules for Rental use of the Grounds:

Historic Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark, as well as an accredited museum on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. While we enjoy making the site available for special occasions, our primary purpose is to share the history of early Kentucky while preserving it for future generations. The following restrictions are necessary during rental periods:

1. Weddings are welcome on the House porch. Due to preservation concerns, the house interior and other restored buildings are not available.

2. All set up and clean up are the sole responsibility of the renter. Clean up must be underway by 11:00 p.m. Our caretaker will clean the restrooms, lobby floor and parking lot.

3. Suggested wedding locations are the porch steps of the house, the gardens, the field or the Visitor Center. Receptions may be held in the gardens, the field and the Visitor Center. There can be no tents or food service to the south of the gravel drive.

4. Music may be amplified. The site Caretaker has final say as to volume, and failure to comply with the caretaker's directions will result in the closing of the property without refund.

5. Each garden quadrant is equipped with at least two electrical outlets. An outlet also is located in the well housing northeast of the porch.

6. We have tables and chairs that you are welcome to use. There are currently 100 chairs and a number of tables, including two 36" squares; fourteen 8', and four 6' rectangles. Please confirm availability prior to reserving linens and other equipment. Tables and chairs may be used outside only in the patio area and not in the grassy areas, and must be cleaned and chairs stacked neatly in the store room at the end of the rental.

7. The Audubon Room in the Visitors' Center holds approximately 200 people standing; seating depends on how tables and chairs are arranged and how much space is allotted for food service and dance floors.

8. Locust Grove is open to the public every day until 4:30 pm. Tent and catering set up may begin outside before the time of rental, but rental activities which may interfere with normal daily operations of the facility may not begin until the time of the rental. Set up in the Audubon Room may begin at 3:30 pm. All wedding ceremonies begin after 5:30 pm.

9. Renters may use any caterer they like. Our kitchen contains a small microwave, conventional oven, refrigerator and sinks, but all cookware, serving utensils and barware must be brought to the site.

11. Fresh flower petals and birdseed are permitted outside and decorations may be wired or tied to trees and porch railings. Due to preservation issues, no balloons, confetti, or glitter may be used on the property. No nails, tacks, tape, or any other adhesive are to be used on any walls, buildings, trees or fences.

12. At the conclusion of the rental, renters are responsible for having the Visitor Center returned to its pre-rental condition. Any rental tables, chairs and other equipment should be broken down and stacked neatly under tents or in storerooms.

13. Rental companies, if used, must be located within a 30 mile radius of Louisville.

The preservation of Locust Grove must be the first consideration of the staff in all activities taking place on this property. We thank you for your interest in the site, and appreciate your assistance in preserving the property while it is in your care.

Interested? Call 502-897-9845 or email Jennifer Jansen.

Thanks to Liz Haeberlin of for the wedding photos.

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