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Locust Grove

  • Constructed: c. 1790
  • Location: Louisville , Kentucky

Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark situated on 55 rolling acres six miles up river from downtown Louisville. The ca. 1790 Georgian mansion, was built for William and Lucy Clark Croghan. Croghan was the brother-in-law and surveying partner of George Roges Clark, Louisville's founder and Revolutionary War hero. Clark spent the last nine years of his life at Locust Grove. Locust Grove was also home to enslaved African-Americans who worked the farm and served in the house. The recently restored interior reflects the taste and wealth of the Croghans. Vivid paint colors, handmade wallpapers, floor coverings and textiles now illustrate a way of life few could imagine in the early republic. Life at the edge of the frontier could be very elegant.

Locust Grove

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