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Locust Grove Celebrates Independence Day, Books, And Opera This July

Free Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 4 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

FREE TO THE PUBLIC all day! Join the Clark and Croghan families as they celebrate Independence Day 1816. Meet members of the Croghan and Clark families, hear readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day, and experience life 200 years ago. Sweet N Savory Food Truck will be on site all day or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds.  We’ll have a small summer-reading book sale, with all books priced at only $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks.

Sponsored in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati and in memory of Downey M. Gray III and by Independence Bank

Book Arts Workshop for Kids
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Curious kids ages 7 to 12 will learn the basics of books during this fun, one-day workshop celebrating the art and craft of making books. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create a limited edition of about 10 small linoleum prints inspired by the gardens and landscapes of Locust Grove with Nick Baute of Hound Dog Press, assemble a small notebook popular in the 17th and 18th centuries with bookbinder Brandon Vigliarolo, and will work on writing and illustration with Locust Grove volunteers.

Price is $40.00 or $35.00 for Locust Grove members; all materials are included. Workshop participants should come prepared with some floral and landscape imagery to consider for printmaking. Participants should bring a sack lunch.
A parent or guardian must stay on site for the duration of the workshop. Adults are welcome to assist their child with all activities.
Space is limited; call 502-897-9845 to register by July 5.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Christopher Quirk: Stabilization at Locust Grove 
Wednesday, July 11, 1:15 pm 
Preservation architect Christopher Quirk will present an overview of the assessment process and design considerations that led to the selected treatment of Locust Grove. The presentation will also include progress photos from the installation of the wall anchors and removal of flooring at the attic level. Last summer’s masonry reinforcement project was the culmination of seven years of assessment and design exploration by architects and engineers who specialize in historic preservation. Concerns about bowing of the gable end walls prompted a survey of the exterior masonry and laser scanning of the exterior walls. The task of stabilizing walls was made particularly challenging as the extensive interior reinterpretation had been completed, and ceiling and wall finishes could not be compromised.

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are not required.


The 10th Annual Jane Austen Festival
Friday, July 13, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrating Persuasion: 200 Years of Piercing Souls
Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America—Greater Louisville Region, the largest Jane Austen event in North America returns to Locust Grove. Throughout the weekend, immerse yourself in the Regency world as you attend presentations by featured speakers and a Regency Style Show under the Big Tent, watch demonstrations of Regency past-times, gain new skills to further your Regency education with our Workshops, delight in Four-Course Afternoon Tea, visit and shop our Regency Emporium and Shoppes of Meryton, promenade with “Anne Elliot in Bath,” encounter His Majesty’s Royal Navy, and dine and dance the night away at our Grand Ball (at a different location).

Festival Admission:

Friday, July 13th- Twilight Shopping $6 per person, Children under 12 are admitted FREE with an adult

Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th

One-day pass $15 per person
Two-day pass $25 per person (available online only)
Children under 12 are admitted FREE with an adult

Festival tickets may be purchased online at

Please visit for more information.
Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Louisville Region.

Summer Thursday Concert Series with Kentucky Opera 
Cheers! Prost! À Votre Santé!
Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm 
Enjoy a toast…or several, with appropriate libations and your favorite opera drinking songs performed by Kentucky Opera artists. Come early to explore the distilling activities of early small-farm Kentucky with The Farm Distillery Project. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Sweet N Savory food truck and Against the Grain Brewery will provide food and drink.

Admission: $16/$14 for members. Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 6:30 pm.

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