New Americans

Today the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky met here at Locust Grove, for the purpose of swearing in 73 new citizens of the United States.

It’s not a great picture, but it was a great day. People from 34 different countries came, documents in hand, with their families and supporters, to become Americans. They came from Cuba, Bosnia, Scotland, Belarus, Columbia, Nigeria…. it was inspiring. Some had come by free choice, others had come to America as refugees after horrific struggles.

The children’s chorus from the Chance School sang the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, each new American swore to uphold the Constitution, speeches were made by former Congressman Romano Mazzoli and Locust Grove Director Carol Ely, and the event was over.

Each new American left not only with citizenship papers, but with tickets to return to Locust Grove for a visit on another occasion.

We were very honored to have shared in this day.

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Locust Grove, Media Superstar

We’ve been so busy here that we’ve ignored this blog. Last weekend was the best 18th Century Market Fair in the history of 18th Century Market Fairs – just shows what perfect weather will do! We had news crews here from WAVE and WLKY interviewing the re-enactors and filming the battles – see the video here.

Locust Grove will also be featured in the next bridal issue of Louisville Magazine – the photo shoot, on a rainy weekday, brought models and stylists and photographers to the site, with yards of white tulle and exotic footwear, a very fashion-forward day on the grounds! We can still smell the hairspray…

Today we have a photographer and reporter from the food section of the Courier-Journal here, talking with chef Mark Williams of Brown-Forman, who will be offering a Thanksgiving program for us on the 12th of November, featuring local foods.

It’s a beautiful place to be, especially at this time of year. Come over, rest, breathe.