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[photo] Locust Grove
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Built around 1790, Locust Grove was the residence of its builder and owner, Major William Croghan and his wife, Lucy Clark Croghan. Lucy was the sister of Revolutionary War General George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) and William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame. Locust Grove, located in Louisville, Kentucky, was visited by a number of national figures including James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, John James Audubon, and Aaron Burr. In 1841, Locust Grove was the scene of a duel between the fiery Kentucky statesman Cassius Marcellus Clay and Robert Wickliffe. Architecturally, Locust Grove is a fine example of the frontier's adaptation of Georgian styling. Each floor of the two and one-half story brick residence contains four rooms divided by an axis hallway. A kitchen, servants quarters, well, dairy and log cabin have been rebuilt on excavated foundations.

Today Locust Grove contains the c.1790 Georgian house, the original smoke house and eight other stone and log supporting farm buildings, formal quadrant gardens, herb, perennial and annual beds, woods and meadows
Photo courtesy of Locust Grove

On November 9, 1806, Lewis and Clark stopped at Locust Grove, as they were making their way back east after the Corps of Discovery had disbanded. The citizens of Louisville threw a banquet ball for the explorers and bonfires were lit in their honor. On November 13, 1806, Lewis and Clark parted company for the time, as Lewis went to Monticello to see President Jefferson and Clark went to Fincastle, Virginia. General George Rogers Clark lived here from 1809 to 1818, after leaving the Old Clarksville Site. Today, Locust Grove and its surrounding 55 acres are owned by Jefferson County, Kentucky, and operated by Historic Locust Grove, Inc.

Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 561 Blankenbaker Ln. in Louisville, Kentucky. From I-65 take I-71 North. Continue on I-71, passing the I-64 split, and exit at Zorn Ave. Turn left onto Zorn, right onto River Rd., right onto Blankenbaker Ln. and proceed gradually uphill away from the river where you will find the entrance to the Locust Grove parking lot on your left. Locust Grove is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00am to 4:30pm, with the final tour at 3:30pm. There is a fee. The museum is closed New Year's Eve and Day, Easter, Derby Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Please call 502-897- 9845 or visit www.locustgrove.org for further information.

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