18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

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Brenda W. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed April 13, 2017
Definitely go! You learn so much about history in such a fun way! A great family event.


Colleen B. · 7 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· Reviewed December 19, 2016
This was well worth the price, especially with a Groupon! Locust Grove is a lovely historical home and grounds and we always enjoy visiting there, especially during special events like the 18th Century Market Fair. There are so many interesting reinactors to listen to and enjoy, from Revolutionary War soldiers to musicians. And the tents and booths filled with wares and food are all like getting a mini history lesson even if you don't purchase anything.


Denise L. · 20 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· Reviewed December 8, 2016
A wonderful family adventure. Our grandsons loved it. History mixed with theatrics make for lots of fun.

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  • $12 for family admission for two adults and up to four kids ($24 value)
  • $8 for two adult admissions ($16 value)

Children admission is valid for ages 12 and under. Event runs October 29 — 30, 2016. For more information, visit the event page.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 30, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Kids must be 12 years old and under for family option. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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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