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.


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


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


George on the porch of his cabin in Clarksville.


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!


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,


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

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“Oh, the summer time is coming”: Summer Programs at Locust Grove

Don’t you just love summer? The weather is wonderful, school is out, and there are lots of things around town to see and do! After a brief blog hiatus for Gardeners’ Fair, I’m here to tell you all about the wonderful summer programs we have scheduled for the summer months at Locust Grove! We’re so looking forward to welcoming our visitors and guests to the Croghan family seat.


Cultural Pass, a program sponsored by Metro Louisville in partnership with Metro Parks and the Louisville Free Public Library, will be running at Locust Grove on Sundays and Mondays from May 31 to August 7! Kids with a cultural pass will receive a historic house experience and activities focused on growing up at Locust Grove. Every weekend will have a different activity, so stay posted to our website, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest exciting updates! Cultural Pass tours will be offered at the top of the hour and last for about 45 minutes. For more information on the entire program and to find the complete list of participating institutions, check out more information here and here.

Our first Cultural Pass visitors in the kitchen with Program Coordinator Brian Cushing!

Our first Cultural Pass visitors in the kitchen with Program Coordinator Brian Cushing!

In addition to Cultural Pass, every Thursday night we’ll be hosting a different evening program! Special guest speakers will discuss areas of interest as diverse as home brewing, hearth cooking, Locust Grove’s woods, swing dancing, and book collecting. All programs begin at 6:30pm at Locust Grove and as some programs have attendance limits, you can call for reservations at 502.897.9845. A full list of Summer Thursday programs is here on our website.

Our ever-popular Summer Antiques Market returns on June 28 from 10-4:30pm, with a special Books, Collectibles and Art Sale running June 27-28, along with our FREE Independence Day celebration on July 4, and a new Historic Picnic and Croghan Family Wedding on July 18! We’ll be celebrating the marriage of Ann Croghan to General Thomas Jesup, so stay tuned for more updates and mark your calendars!

Summer is always such a fun time, so we hope you’ll spend part of it with us! I’ll leave you with this lovely air in celebration!

With warmest regards,


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