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Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the return of spring with its annual Plant and Herb Sale with an Early Bird Sale on Friday, April 12 from 3-7 PM and on Saturday, April 13 from 8AM-4PM.

The sale features annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, local honey, locally produced plant food and expert gardening advice.  Visitors can purchase plants to get their gardens started.   

All proceeds from the sale support the historic gardening program at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing and its mission to interpret historic farm life on the Ohio River.  Riverside’s Garden Club maintains a kitchen garden near the Farnsley-Moremen House where volunteers grow heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Interpretive programs and events about historic gardening are part of Riverside’s offerings at various times throughout the year.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, is a nearly 300-acre historic property on the Ohio River in Southwest Louisville, at 7410 Moorman Road.  The historic Farnsley-Moremen House will remain open for tours during its regular business hours on April 14 and 15.

The public is invited to a free, family-friendly afternoon to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of  Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Sunday, October 21 from 1-5 p.m.

The event will feature opportunities to engage with Riverside’s history and with its long-standing public archaeology programming. Visitors can connect with their “inner Indiana Jones” through a public archaeology dig, an artifact identification and processing activity, demonstrations of prehistoric Native American tools, a brickmaking activity, tours of archaeology sites and special historic house tours. There will also be a presentation on historic clothing (and its connection to archaeology) at 1:30 p.m. by Brian Cushing (Historic Locust Grove) and a presentation on “Kentucky Before Boone” by Gwynn Henderson (Kentucky Archaeological Survey) at 3:00 p.m.

A new book about the site, entitled Riverside: The Unfolding Story, written by Historic Site Manager Patti Linn will also be available at the event. This 25th anniversary publication published by Butler Books retails for $30 and features the latest research on Riverside. It also brings its story into the 21st century. All proceeds from the sale of this full color, 8 x 10 inch, 160-page hardcover book benefit Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing and its educational mission.

Finally, at 4:00 p.m. visitors are invited to join the Riverside Management Board and Mayor Fischer for the dedication of the David L. Armstrong pavilion at Riverside. This honor is being given to the late former Louisville Mayor and Jefferson County-Judge Executive because he played such a pivotal role in championing the project to restore the Farnsley-Moremen House and open it to the public.

Directions to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing from Downtown Louisville: Take I-65 to the Gene Snyder Freeway West. Go approximately 9 miles. Take a left at the stop light onto Lower River Road. The entrance to Riverside will be on your right after about 1/8 of a mile.  Historic site is located at 7410 Moorman Road, Louisville KY.

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A fun – and free – family event will take place on the banks of the Ohio River in southwest Louisville on Saturday, June 16 as Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing hosts “Family Farm and Forage Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will explore historic and present-day farming with a variety of children’s activities, workshops, talks and booths.

Families can enjoy a milking demonstration featuring “Bluegrass Bessie” the cow; a farm animal petting zoo; horse-drawn wagon tours, barrel train rides as well as demonstrations on beekeeping, raising chickens, growing fruit trees, forage crops and more.

Another highlight of the festival is the Jefferson County 4-H Fair Open Youth Dairy Goat Show. The goats will be judged on adherence to breed standards and their youth handlers will be judged on showmanship. Late entries will be accepted the day of the show. The entrance fee is $5 per goat and champions will be awarded a small premium. For questions, contact Kelly Smith at the Extension office at 502/569-2344. All events and demonstrations are free, although a suggested donation of $5 can be made prior to tours of the Farnsley-Moremen house. Ehrler’s Ice Cream and Shack-In-The-Back BBQ will be providing concessions at Family Farm and Forage Day.

“This is a terrific family event that combines fun and learning,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Beyond the activities of the event itself, I urge citizens from all over the community to come out and see some of the great things that southwest Louisville has to offer.”

“I am so excited to see this wonderful farm event being held again this year at the Farnsley-Moremen historic property,” said Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, who represents District 14, where Riverside is located. “It is so important to educate the public on how our food gets from the farm to the table and past and present practices of how exactly that happens. I look forward to seeing you at this free event!”

This event is held in partnership with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Other sponsors include Louisville Gas & Electric, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Future Farmers of America, the Louisville Water Co. and 4-H.

In addition to Fowler, Metro Council sponsors include Council President David Yates, D-25; Vicki Welch, D-13 and Rick Blackwell, D-12.

After a successful inaugural event last year that saw more than 1,000 children attend, Louisville Parks and Recreation is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Saturday, March 24.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., and five age groups will participate in this year’s hunt:

  • Ages 10-12: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Ages 8-10: 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 7-9: 11:30 a.m. – noon
  • Ages 4-6: Noon-12:30 p.m.
  • Ages 1-3: 1:30 – 2 p.m.

The cost to participate in the event is $2 per child. Music, crafts and food trucks will all be on site at Riverside on March 24 for additional entertainment options.

“There’s no prettier area during the spring to have an event than Riverside,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We had a successful first year. The children had fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing their smiling faces back at Riverside again on March 24.”

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Summertime and ice cream have long gone hand in hand as a way to bring family and friends together to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon.

This weekend, the Annual Riverside Old Fashion Ice Cream Social returns to the Ohio River on Sunday, July 9th.

“Riverside’s Annual Ice Cream Social will be a great time for young and old alike,” says Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14). “This is a chance for the family to enjoy a little of America’s past, listen to some good music and enjoy something everyone loves, ice cream.”

The Annual Old Fashion Ice Cream Social at Riverside will get underway on Sunday, July 9th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is free!

Joining Fowler as sponsors of the event are Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and President David Yates (D-25).

There will be food, fun and entertainment for everyone including, the Celtic Pig and Lexie Lu’s food trucks, children’s activities; including a miniature train ride, farm animal petting zoo, pony rides and ice cream eating contest starting at 3:00pm sponsored by Ehrler’s Ice Cream.

The event features live music from the Josh Logan Band at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm and a magic show at 2:30pm and 3:00pm

Visitors will also be able to participate in an archaeological dig currently underway, or take discounted tours of the 1837 Farnsley-Moremen House. Admission to the event is FREE, but tours of the historic home require purchase of a ticket. Tickets will be 1/2 price this Sunday only!

“Come join us, especially if you have never been to the Farnsley-Moremen House. It is one of the great places to visit in Metro Louisville,” says Fowler.

For more info about the Annual Riverside’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Social, call 502/935-6809 or email

Riverside, the Farnsley–Moremen Landing is located at 7410 Moreman Road.