Locust Grove is advertised as “where Louisville began.” The mansion was built in the 1790’s by William and Lucy Croghan. They raised their family here and a frequent resident was Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, a hero of the Revolutionary War.
The lovely bright sunshine prevented me from photographing this side of the mansion.
This view is from their website, here
Also from the website: “This c.1792 Georgian mansion tells the story of its builders, William and Lucy Clark Croghan, and the story of American beginnings. William and Lucy Clark Croghan, along with Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, welcomed a generation of American luminaries to their home to rest, dialogue, campaign, and duel. Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, John James Audubon, Cassius Marcellus Clay, and Lewis and Clark—among others—all passed through Locust Grove. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history.”
The rest of the pictures are mine. And a perfect day for the camera it was.
The garden was moving into its post-harvest phase.
Below are portraits of Lucy Clark (1765-1838) and William Croghan (1752-1822) in the Dining Room.
|Note the the hand-blocked wallpaper design.
The silver coffee and tea service was made in Philadelphia with the family crest.
Dining Room, as it was in 1811
Small parlor, as of 1815
Again, the drawing room wallpaper is worthy of note.
The imported Brussels carpet is particularly fine.
Bedroom of George Rogers Clark from 1809 until his death in 1818
More fascinating wallpaper, with an American Revolutionary theme
These walls of the Farm Office are painted in verdigris, which was explained as an odiferous compound in which one part was urine or excrement. Rarely used in bedroom I presume.
Central Hall on the Ground Floor
Family Guest Room: I found the striped carpeting interesting.
Great Parlour on the second floor, as of 1811, used for family gatherings, as a ballroom, for playing games and many other activities.
According to the website, ” The fortepiano was made by Broadwood in London in 1806
and is still used for concerts.”
The wallpaper is a reproduction of the original Arabesque pattern.
The Rose Room, with cradle, below
The Croghan bedroom
Above and below, the third floor girl’s bedroom
Above and below third floor boy’s bedroom
From the website: “In this room, out of our usual time frame, it’s the 1840s. This represents the history of the house after William Croghan’s death in 1822, when the next generations moved in and out of the shared house. This room focuses on John Croghan (the eldest son), and his work as a doctor and as the owner of Mammoth Cave.”
Third floor Storage Room (wish I had one of these)
In the Museum, a portrait of General George Rogers Clark by Matthew Jouett, ca. 1825
Also in the Museum, a dollhouse model of the house
Text Panels n the Museum tell the story of the farm, the family, and early life in 18th century Kentucky, as well as the story of General Clark and William Clark, a cousin who explored to the Pacific with Meriwether Lewis in 1804-06.
Family Quilt made for the museum
18th C. Pistol
Approximation of an 18th C. Surveyor’s Cabin, such as William Groghan would have built on his property; remnants of such a building were discovered in the garden a few years ago.
The kitchen is in a nearby outbuilding, as would have been usual in the 18th C.
Above and below, other views of the kitchen
Adjacent to the kitchen is a room set up for a servant or a slave, above and below.
showing the outbuildings (right) and cellar door
above and below, cabin built in 1815
Take a virtual tour of Locust Grove here
To read about slave life at Locust Grove, click here
Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark, operated by a foundation for the City of Louisville.
If you can make it to Louisville, be sure to consult the on-line schedule of events, and visit when the place is teeming with reenactors, antique dealers and/or more tourists!