Louisville, Kentucky
Street Address
561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Mailing Address
561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
phone: 502-897-9845
fax: 502-897-0103
e-mail: ely@locustgrove.org
web: www.locustgrove.org
Tours begin with the (optional) showing of an introductory video, each hour on the quarter hour (10:15, 11:15, 12:15; 1:15, 2:15; 3:15). The tour of the House and grounds then follows at the half-hour, and lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4:30 PM
*The last tour each day begins at 3:15 p.m
$8 adults
$7 seniors
$4 children
Carol Ely, Executive Director
phone: 502-897-9845
Bonny Wise, Marketing Coordinator
phone: 502-897-9845

Of the houses built in Jefferson County in the late eighteenth century, Locust Grove was one of the finest. The Croghan family sold the property in 1878 to river boat captain James Paul. In 1883 Richard Waters, of Hermitage Farm, bought Locust Grove and it remained in the Waters family until 1961 when the site was purchased by Jefferson County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Following extensive restoration the historic house was opened to the public in 1964. Today the site includes the circa 1790 Georgian house, the original smoke house and eight other stone and log supporting farm buildings, formal quadrant gardens, herb, perennial and annual beds, woods and meadows. The house is furnished with some of the finest examples of Kentucky-crafted furniture, portraits, prints, textiles, domestic objects and select artifacts originally belonging to the Clark and Croghan families. Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark, is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship and history.


The mission of Historic Locust Grove is to preserve and interpret the 55-acre site, with its circa 1790 house and outbuildings, the collection and the gardens, as an example of early nineteenth-century frontier America and to share the stories of the many people who contributed to the history of Locust Grove, emphasizing the life of General George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War hero and founder of Louisville.

Artifact Collections

The Locust Grove collection is comprised of late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century furniture, ceramics, metals, prints, paintings, textiles, books, firearms, tools and domestic objects. Most furnishings are of Kentucky and Virginia origins, supplemented with other eastern U.S., French and English objects. The Locust Grove collection contains exceptional examples of early craftsmanship and is considered to be one of the finest on public display in the upper South. The collection includes some Clark and Croghan family portraits and miniatures, silver, books and original documents as well as military and personal artifacts of General George Rogers Clark.

Educational Programs

Built in the 1790s, Locust Grove is a unique setting for learning about the settlement of Kentucky and this region. Students will tour the house and grounds, studying life on a farm when Kentucky was "the West". You can also explore the influence of Locust Grove’s most famous resident and founder of the city of Louisville, George Rogers Clark through a trip to this National Historic Landmark. A variety of programs are offered for students of all ages. Some programs can be adapted for the needs of your curriculum. Reservations are required; call 502-897-9845.


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