March 15, 2021
Historic Locust Grove broke ground this week for new building projects in Phase I of the improvement plans financially supported by the Campaign for Locust Grove. The centerpiece of the construction is a large open-air Pavilion for new and expanded programs, events, and rentals, allowing Locust Grove to grow programs beyond its current capacity once the site is able to return to in-person programs. The Pavilion will support existing events such as the annual Gardeners’ and Antiques Fairs, while offering a more attractive and practical venue for rental events.
These projects are the culmination of years of planning for the third century of this 1790s National Historic Landmark site, in a partnership between the non-profit organization Historic Locust Grove, Inc., that manages the site, and Louisville Metro Parks, the owner of the property. The projects have been designed to enhance the unique historic landscape and do not affect the historic house.
“These projects are supported financially by many generous donors from throughout the community,” said Hunter Louis, President of the Board of Historic Locust Grove, Inc. “These exciting projects will add important new dimensions to one of Louisville’s favorite Historic Landmarks.”
Other funds raised in the recent $3M Capital Campaign will be used for pathways, interpretation, and improved access to the outbuildings that tell the story of the site’s history as the home of not only Louisville’s founders but also the enslaved workers of the farm. In addition, a Research Library within the existing Visitors Center will be created during this phase. A Phase II of the project is planned to renovate the lobby and Museum Store, and provide temporary exhibition space and a classroom.