Today's side deal gets you half off admission to the Eighteenth-Century Market Fair at Locust Grove on October 30 or 31. Choose from two options:
- For $9, you get a family four-pack of admission tickets, consisting of two adult tickets and two children's tickets (ages 6–12) (an $18 total value)
For $6, you get two adult admission tickets (a $12 total value)
On an eighteenth-century estate, festival features traditional entertainment, cuisine, and replicas of military and household items
- Admission includes tour of 1790s house
- National Historic Landmark has hosted Lewis and Clark and several U.S. presidents.
- Reenactments of Revolutionary War battles involving British Dragoons and German Hessians
Seven CityVoters give Locust Grove a five-star average:
- This Historic Home has so much to offer! The management and docents are a delight and are totally dedicated to preservation of the site and topnotch visitor service. – prestonknob
- It's a very dynamic museum with something always going on! We love the new museum gallery and the reenactors. – MarketQueen
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
As dawn breaks over the campsite, soldiers begin stirring in their tents. Some tend to breakfasts over campfires while others see to the artillery. It's a scene straight from a Revolutionary War encampment—and that's exactly the way the reenactors intended it. Each year, roughly 200 of them flock to Locust Grove to camp out for two days, each of which ends with an artfully staged mock battle.
But when visitors come to the 18th Century Market Fair, they won't just find battle awaiting them. Artisans and craftsmen practicing authentic 18th Century trades set up shop on the grounds, hawking replicas of 18th-century military and household items. "This is the weekend when history is most alive at Locust Grove," says Brian Cushing. Cooks dish up stews, pies, and cornbread alongside wine, ales, and apple cider. Nearby, families and historical buffs alike cheer on jugglers, watch as women prepare meals in the colonial kitchen, and listen to live music. And it's not just adults and time travelers creating the history. "There's a lot of re-enactors of all ages," Brian says. "I think it's particularly fun for kids to see other kids running around in period costume."
The fair's grounds lend to the historical accuracy. William and Lucy Clark Croghan built Locust Grove in 1790, on 55 acres of rolling land. To this day, their original Federal-style house remains, with its separate kitchen, icehouse, spring house, and barn. Over the years, Locust Grove was inhabited by Revolutionary War commander George Rogers Clark and served as a stopping point for Lewis and Clark as they walked across America as part of an early Nike ad campaign.
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