Courtney Novak

As part of a summer series, T+L is highlighting amazing lesser-known attractions found in the United States. Next up: a Revolution-era mansion that has hosted the likes of Aaron Burr.

June 30, 2016

The threshold of Locust Grove — a Georgian-style mansion on 55 pristine acres not far from downtown Louisville, Kentucky — has been crossed by some of America’s most important men, including president James Monroe and Vice President Aaron Burr.

Originally commissioned by William and Lucy Clark Croghan (the sister of Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark and William Clark of the famous expedition duo, Lewis and Clark), the estate was finished in 1790 and has since been painstakingly restored to its original condition. It now serves as a museum, educating visitors on the particulars of frontier life.

 Courtney Novak

Each day, the home and grounds are open for tours that let visitors feel transported back in time, with demonstrations of scenes from life at the end of the turn of the 18th century. Volunteers in period dress cook meals just as they did in the early 1800s and show off forgotten trades such as chair weaving and butter churning in the dairy barn.

 John Nation

In addition to these glimpses into daily life way back when, Locust Grove hosts a number of events throughout the year that take advantage of the resplendent setting, including lectures, book sales, and an antique fair. For history buffs, Revolutionary War reenactments provide a thrilling glimpse of life in a young America. During the holidays, Locust Grove truly shines, putting on concerts and throwing parties that allow 21st century families to celebrate—if only for a night—as their forefathers did.

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