Christmastide, 1816 celebrates the sights and the sounds of the season Join the Croghan family at Locust Grove for the holidays!

November 21, 2019

The Croghan and Clark families and their friends welcome guests from near and far to Locust Grove for a special one-day only celebration of Christmastide, 1816. On Saturday, December 7, from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Locust Grove will come alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of the season as Locust Grove’s corps of First Person Interpreters bring to life the residents of the historic house, as well as their friends and neighbors. Visitors will have the opportunity to converse with the Croghans about the news of the day—the recent election of James Monroe as the fifth president, the admission of Indiana to the union as the nineteenth state—and learn about life in the 19th century. Guests can join in the dancing and period games and will have the opportunity to stop in the hearth kitchen to watch meal preparations for the festive occasion.

“The great thing about Christmastide is that visitors can walk through nearly an entire day, and into the evening, in 1816,” says Brian Cushing, Locust Grove’s program director.  “If you arrive early in the day, you will meet people from 200 years ago getting ready for a holiday celebration. If you arrive later in the day, you will participate in the celebration itself. Visitors can spend as much time with us as they like, lose themselves in the past, and never be bored.”

In the Visitors’ Center, enjoy live music, shop in the museum store, and find gift-quality books for a special holiday edition of Locust Grove’s Used Book Sale. If you’re looking for 19th century gifts for your 21st century life, look no further than the Holiday Crafts Market! Here you’ll find vendors selling period wares, including a soapmaker, a leatherworker, a blacksmith, and a potter. Hot coffee, tea, chocolate, and cider will be for sale from Hellringer and Kurtz Kaffeehaus. Children will have the opportunity to make period holiday cards and orange and clove pomanders. Music will be provided by students from Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School and Don and Esther Drewry.

Christmastide is the perfect time to make a new holiday tradition as you learn about traditions of the past!

Christmastide, 1816 will take place on Saturday, December 7 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, and free for children 6 and under.

Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207. For more information call 502.897.9845 or visit


For more information about these events, please contact Hannah Zimmerman, Marketing and Communications Director at [email protected] or call 502.897.9845 x108.