Volunteer Spotlight: Claudia R.

One of the best parts of working at Locust Grove is sharing the stories of early Kentucky and the Croghan and Clark families with all the schoolchildren who come through our doors every year. We have many wonderful docents who dedicate their weekday mornings to leading students on tours of the house and outbuildings, talking to them about everything under the sun, from fireplaces to hearth cooking to dyeing. One of these intrepid volunteers is Claudia R., a retired teacher who has been volunteering at Locust Grove since 1994. Read on to learn more about Claudia and what she loves about Locust Grove!

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When she’s not at Locust Grove, Claudia spends her time chasing after her grandchildren!

What is your volunteer position at Locust Grove? 
Docent, mostly for school tours

How did you become a volunteer? 
I started out on the Education Committee and then served on the Board. Gwynne Potts was one of my sorority sisters, and talked me into becoming a docent when I was retiring from teaching and serving at the Kentucky Department of Education. After I was on the Board, I started thinking “I really ought to learn enough to be a docent.”

What is your favorite part of volunteering at Locust Grove? 
I prefer field trips because of my 30-odd years as a teacher. I love meeting people and talking to the people who come in. I like telling the Croghan story and the story of this family and this place–it’s wonderful.
What else would you like people to know about you? 
My biggest hobbies are doing wildflower walks in Cherokee Park and bicycling. I’m a big wildflower enthusiast. I also enjoy traveling by bicycle! It’s an interesting way to see a country.

Those school tours are certainly lucky to have a guide as enthusiastic as Claudia teach them about Locust Grove! For more information on volunteering at Locust Grove, why not go here? And if you’re interested in being featured or nominating someone for the volunteer spotlight, go ahead and fill out this form. And to all of our volunteers–-thank you for helping us share Locust Grove with the world–we couldn’t do it without you!

Very truly yours,

Hannah

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