As the place where Louisville begins, Locust Grove is fortunate to have a dedicated, passionate corps of volunteers to make everyone feel welcomed. Historic Locust Grove preserves the story of the early days of Louisville through the experiences and lives of the Croghan and Clark families, who established Locust Grove as a family seat in the 1790s just six miles up the Ohio River from the fledgling city. Our volunteers are a vibrant, dynamic part of that story, whether they are leading tours, working in the gardens, or sorting books.
According to Mary Beth Williams, “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of Locust Grove.” As the Curator of Collections and Education, Mary Beth serves as the volunteer coordinator for the site. “We would not be able to offer the quantity or quality of programming we do without our dedicated volunteers. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful, enthusiastic and just plain fun group of people to work with every day.”
On a daily basis, volunteers provide tours of the house and grounds, act as administrative volunteers in the Visitors Center, and help maintain the beauty of the 55- acre historic site that served as General George Rogers Clark’s final home. “It’s a wonderful, calm, thoughtful place to volunteer,” says Jeanne B, who volunteers as a docent and gives tours of the house. “It keeps you on your toes, and is better for the brain than Sudoku. It’s fun for me to be around other volunteers and visitors who share the same interests.”
Volunteers also assist with special events, such as the Gardeners’ Fair, twice-annual Used Book Sales and the 18th Century Market Fair by working the admissions gate, concessions, parking, and even trash patrol. If you have a special skill, like sewing, woodworking, or baking, we can always use your talents as well! Over 120 volunteers contribute over 12,000 hours of service annually, and are essential to the success and preservation of this historic landmark. The corps of first person interpreters at Locust Grove is made up entirely of dedicated volunteers who research their historic counterparts, period dress, and 19th century customs to bring the past denizens of Locust Grove to life. Best of all, there’s always a place for you to volunteer at Locust Grove!
Executive Director Carol Ely is quick to point out the range of opportunities for volunteers. “Staff and volunteers together make this a community like no other, with history nerds and garden enthusiasts and bibliophiles and preservationists and people who interpret the past in costume… and some people love to make sure that we park cars in perfect order for our big events. We find a spot for all passions and talents!”
Brenda T. has been volunteering with the book sale for the last few years. “I love getting to know the history of Kentucky and Locust Grove is a great place to start,” she enthuses. “As a book sale volunteer, I work with a wonderful team of people, and everyone brings their own interests and talents together to fulfill a common mission. It doesn’t hurt that I live right across the street!”
Locust Grove is always looking for energetic, committed individuals to fill a variety of volunteer roles. Volunteers are encouraged to choose their own adventure at Locust Grove to find a volunteer position that meets their talents and time commitments. Volunteers at Locust Grove have a passion for history, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills with the public. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteering offers the opportunity to meet other Louisvillians from all walks of life, as well as visitors from all over the world. Come be a part of the continuing history of Louisville!
Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207. Locust Grove is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4:30 pm, February through December. Information on the history of the site, tours, special events, volunteering, giving and more can be found online at www.locustgrove.org or by calling 502.897.9845.