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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review of Locust Grove By: Jeanette

Our family took advantage of the free admission on Independence Day to explore Locust Grove off of Blankenbaker Lane. This is a National Historic Landmark housing 55 acres where William and Lucy Clark Croghan, enslaved African-Americans, and Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark lived. Although my husband and I enjoyed the guided tour of the house, our children were still too young. My kids did enjoy exploring the grounds on their own and the museum at the visitor’s center. This would be a great place to bring history alive for children that have studied the 1700s-1800s time period.

The visitor center offers a short movie that gives some background on Locust Grove. The museum there is very informative and has a few interactive pieces. Of particular interest for our family was their display of a typical day for the Croghan family. They showed what the kids would be doing from 6am until the time they go to bed. Then you can go on a guided tour of the 3 story house. After the tour, we explored the grounds visiting the gardens and other buildings. There is lots of open fields and shade for picnics.

Locust Grove has several events coming up too as well as summer camps (craft, pioneer, Shakespeare) if you are looking for something to do before summer is over. They are hosting Jane Austen Festival July 9 and 10. An anniversary party that is free to the public celebrating 50 years of public ownership July 24. In October they host, 18th Century Market Fair which sounds exciting with them bringing the spirit of the past alive through reenactments and entertainment. General admission for Locust Grove is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12.

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