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Five Questions with Historic Locust Grove

Louisville, Kentucky

Historic Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane just outside of downtown Louisville. Photo courtesy Historic Locust Grove

Historic Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark sited on 55 acres in Louisville, Kentucky. The restored Georgian mansion was built around 1790, and has played host to historymakers including U.S. Presidents James Monroe, Zachary Taylor, and Andrew Jackson, and intrepid explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whose sister was the home's chatelaine. Today, the museum  presents regular exhibits drawn from its extensive collection of 18th- and 19th-century artifacts, such as furniture, portraits, and silverware. It also offers classes in everything from dulcimer playing to open hearth cookery to quiltmaking.  We spoke with Historic Locust Grove's Bonny Wise about this legendary Louisville landmark.

NEA: Please tell us a little bit about Historic Locust Grove and what makes it unique.

BONNY WISE: Locust Grove is one of the earliest homes in Jefferson County that has been restored. The fact that it is still situated on 55 acres of the original 700 acres makes it special.

NEA: What's your favorite part of Historic Locust Grove and why?

WISE: The beautiful antique furnishings and now the newly restored interior features authentic wallpapers, paint colors, carpeting, and textiles. It's a visual feast for the eyes!

NEA: What's on exhibit now?

WISE: We have a new exhibit, A Country Worth Defending, Land & Family in Early Kentucky.

NEA: What do you hope visitors to Historic Locust Grove will take away from the experience?

WISE: An appreciation for the Croghan and Clark families as well as their role in the history of Louisville and the country.

NEA: Aside from Historic Locust Grove, what's your own favorite museum to visit and why?

WISE: Monticello and Mount Vernon. They are both stunningly beautiful and, like Locust Grove, the owner played such an important part in our country's history.

Coming up this summer are the Slow Food Family Picnic (August 22) and the three-day Used Book Sale (August 27-29). Visit the Historic Locust Grove website for more information.

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