Courtesy of Locust Grove
Courtesy of Locust Grove

Don’t “throw away your shot” to see a real live duel this weekend at historic home Locust Grove. Well, perhaps “real” is a stretch. I’m pretty sure no one ends up dead. It’s not the Burr/Hamilton one everyone is singing about, but there will be a lecture about that one.

Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming Locust Grove events:

Sunday, July 31: Duel! Clay vs. Wickcliff

“See a thrilling display of manly valor and cool demeanor as you witness the reenactment of the 1841 confrontation between Cassius Marcellus Clay and Robert Wickliffe Jr. to settle a dispute with pistols at Locust Grove,” the press release says. Wickcliffe, who is interred in Cave Hill Cemetery, was from Bardstown, Ky., and governor of Louisiana.

Wickcliffe is said to have besmirched Mrs. Clay’s honor in public during a political argument. In 1841, Dr. John Croghan, owner of Locust Grove, allowed Clay and Wickliffe to settle the dispute with pistols on his property.

Find out how it ends at 4 p.m.

Other events that day:

  • 1:30 p.m. — “1816-1841: What they Wore”
  • 2 p.m. — Dancing in the Auditorium (includes lesson)
  • 3 p.m. — Lecture: “The Burr/Hamilton Duel”
  • 4 p.m. — Clay vs. Wickcliffe reenactment; includes a demonstration and discussion of firearms in 1841 as well as a narration

Admission $6 adults; $3 children.

Wednesday, Aug. 3: Afternoon lecture series, “Voices from Historical African-American Communities near Louisville” by Rita Jones

Historian and playwright Carridder “Rita” Jones researches African-American history in Kentucky, particularly in former black “hamlets” in Louisville and Lexington. She will share stories about what she has learned. Jones highlights the communities of La Grange, Prospect, Harrods Creek, James Taylor Subdivision, Griffytown, Berrytown, Newburg and Jeffersontown in her book. The event is at 1 p.m and is $5. Tea and dessert will be served.

Sunday, Aug. 7: Hemp Fest

The folks at Locust Grove have long worked to help educate people on the cultivation of hemp. They have just harvested their first crop of hemp and planted the second. During the event, which runs from noon-7 p.m., there will be demonstrations of hemp growing, “braking,” spinning the fibers, children’s activities, speakers and a Q&A session. They will serve hemp-based foods at the Hemp Cafe and vendors will be on site with hemp products.

Admission is $5 per car; free for walkers and bikers

Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane.

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