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“Beautiful old home”
Review of Locust Grove

Locust Grove
Ranked #31 of 176 things to do in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1790, Locust Grove, a three story brick Georgian home, is the final home of General George Rogers Clark, the founder of Louisville, and conqueror of the Old Northwest Territory. The house was built by his sister Lucy Croghan and her husband William Croghan who raised 8 children here and hosted their brother William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, as well as Presidents Monroe, Jackson and Taylor, Vice President Arron Burr, statesmen such as Cassius Clay, and several artists including John James Audubon. This National Historic Landmark has been restored to reflect the elegance of General Clark's time at Locust Grove. The 55 acres of gardens, fields and woodlands are open for exploration daily.
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Bardstown, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Beautiful old home”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The tour was educational, the house beautiful. Grounds need work but they are kept open by donations so pretty good. Good for the price I paid.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“History alive!”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We experienced a very informative visit to Locust Grove. It is a lovely preservation with an excellent history. The docents are well educated and do a good job of information one about the house's history and information on the contents common to the early 1800's. Would definitely recommend a leisurely visit.

Visited October 2013
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Canton, Mississippi
Level 6 Contributor
252 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“History galore--even in the rain!!!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

The guided tour was most interesting--the docent well trained and open to questions. We were delighted with the "docent in training", a youngster who did a terrific job with the children's area. We would have spent more time here but. it was raining too hard to view the grounds.

Visited October 2013
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Near Chicago, IL
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

We were amazed at what a wonderful job has been done in the restoration of this historic property. The tour was wonderful with many interesting facts being told by our docent Anna. The visitors center has a short film and a small museum. The mansion itself is beautiful as are the grounds and the outbuildings. The story of George Rogers Clark is fascinating. Any history lover should visit this wonderful place, and you won't be disappointed.

Visited September 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
828 reviews
316 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
“A Tale of Two Clarks”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

George Rogers Clark had as much impact on American history as his younger brother William, the explorer. His victories in the Revolutionary War essentially kept the Northwest Territories (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin) part of the United States instead of Canada. As the Locust Grove guide put it, George essentially doubled the size of the United States and his brother William doubled it again though his work on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Though this may be stretching the truth a bit, it makes Locust Grove where George spent the last years of his life a major historic monument. Locus Grove consists of a museum which tells his story and a nice reconstruction of the house of his sister Lucy who hosted him after he lost his leg to a burn injury. I found the guided tour quite interesting. The house has lots of period furnishings and several pieces original to the family. There's a very good gift shop. Definitely a great place to learn more about the history of Louisville and the area. Unfortunately the house has some steep steps that make it unsuitable for disabled visitors. It's just a short drive from downtown Louisville on River Road.

Visited September 2013
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