Winter Pastimes at Locust Grove: We’re Open for 2016!

It’s February! And that means one thing–Locust Grove is open for tours for the first time in 2016! We’re back to our normal tour schedule, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends over the next year, especially now that the house, grounds, store, and visitors center have all been spruced up.

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Sarah and Chris helped polish the woodwork in the house this January. It looks wonderful, you guys!

We also had a few days of snow that truly proved Locust Grove is beautiful in any season.

General George Rogers Clark paid a visit to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum to learn about Louisville during the Victorian Era. Our Cardboard Clark was quite impressed with the splendor of the mansion! Many thanks to Kate, the Executive Director, and Beth, our docent and a member of the Caldwell family, for giving us such a warm welcome!

Even with all of the staff and volunteers buzzing about to get the house ready for a new year of visitors, our Portraits still found it a little too quiet, and had some time to think fondly on all of the visitors who will stop in for tours and events and evening programs in 2016.

We are so ready for another year of remembering the past while making new memories. Take a peek at our events calendar to stay up-to-date on everything Locust Grove. Next up is Songs of Love, Loss & Longing, an evening of music for voice and lutes from 17th-century England and France, brought to us by Jeffrey Noon and Lindsay Adams as part of our Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series. The concert is this Sunday, February 7, from 5:30-7:00PM. Tickets for this concert are $20; please call 502.897.9845 to make a reservation. We’re also gearing up for our Spring Used Book Sale, March 4-6, with a member’s preview on the evening of March 3. And yes, we’re still taking book donations!

I hope you’re just as excited about the year to come as we are! Stop by and see us soon.

Sincerely yours,

Hannah

P.S. To receive updates on all the goings-on at Locust Grove, why not join our e-mailing list? Sign-up HERE to receive monthly updates! Or if you foresee numerous visits to Locust Grove in your future, why not become a member? Friends of Locust Grove receive free admission, invitations to members-only events, a 10% discount in the Museum Store, a copy of our quarterly newsletter, The Grove Gazette and much, much more! More information can be found HERE.

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George on the Go

If you follow Locust Grove on Facebook, you may have noticed pictures of a familiar face floating around Louisville landmarks, accompanies by staff members and volunteers. Yes, folks, General George Rogers Clark (or at least his cardboard doppelganger) has taken to leaving Locust Grove once a month to stretch his legs, make some friends, and familiarize himself with the sights and sounds of the city he founded. George on the Go is a new Locust Grove program that takes a cardboard cut-out of GRC around Louisville and Southern Indiana with a threefold mission: to introduce George to Louisville, to heighten our staff and volunteer’s knowledge of other area cultural and historic sites, and to spread the word about all things Locust Grove. So far, we’ve had four outings and many more are in the works! George makes friends wherever he goes, so here are some pictures of his adventures!

For George’s September outing, he visited his old haunts and re-familiarized himself with Downtown Louisville.

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George hanging out with Meriwether Lewis and his brother William Clark at the Falls of the Ohio.

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George takes in the view of the river from the site of his cabin in Clarksville.

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George on the porch of his cabin in Clarksville.

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George with Locust Grove volunteers Hannah and Brandon.

 

George also enjoyed taking in all the sites along Main Street!

George took a tour of the Frazier Museum’s exhibit The Lewis and Clark Adventure to catch up with his brother’s exploits!

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George even saw a familiar face at the entrance to the exhibit!

In October, George and friends Jason, Noah, and Jocelyn Hiner took in the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs, the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual Meeting, and the Big Four Bridge!

George’s great-nephew, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. founded Churchill Downs and started the Kentucky Derby in 1875!

Catching up with friends at the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual Meeting at the Galt House!

George also had a blast walking to Indiana on the Big Four Bridge!

 

In November, George stopped by the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery to pay his respects to President Taylor and his fellow veterans, accompanied by volunteer Jeannie Vezeau, and his sister Ann Clark Gwathmey and her husband, Owen Gwathmey.

The General’s most recent outing was to the opening of the New Lincoln Bridge, connecting Louisville to Jeffersonville, IN. George was very gratified to meet outgoing Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen and several Abraham Lincolns!

Miniature Georges have also been taken on trips to Japan, Disney World, Florida, and the Cayman Islands in 2015!

Volunteers, staff members, members, and friends of Locust Grove are always welcome to join George as he goes out and about the city of Louisville!  In fact, I need your help deciding where George should visit in January! Our outing is scheduled for January 23 at 10am, and we would love to have you join us! Please take a minute to check out the poll below and cast your vote!

Thanks for all your support of George’s adventures–we’re looking forward to even more in 2016!

Intrepidly yours,

Hannah

P.S. Catch more pictures of George below! And follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #GeorgeontheGo!

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