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18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove in 2018

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You are invited to the 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove on October 27-28, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The annual event takes place on the last weekend of October, transforming the picturesque grounds of the Locust Grove Estate into an interactive living history exhibit offering an unforgettable experience. The two-day 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove features staged battle reenactments between British and American troops, historically accurate arts and crafts from blacksmiths and Georgian age crafters and roaming historians filled with information and anecdotes that are great for all ages.

18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

Join with Locust Grove and the Illinois Regiment of Virginia as they bring the spirit of the past alive with the 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove. You can participate in 18th c. style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th century military and household items, enjoy food and drink as our founders did, meet and converse with early Americans. Mock battles for our country’s independence feature General George Rogers Clark’s own company, the Illinois Regiment of Virginia, as well as British Dragoons and Marines, and German Hessians.

18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove - Historic Locust Grove Inc

Experience Historic Locust Grove as it comes alive with the sounds of chatting and bargaining, the smells of wood smoke and gunpowder, and all the sights you would expect from a Market Fair set in the 1780s. Visitors will be able to converse with men, women, and children about life during the final years of the War for Independence, tour the house, perhaps join in a militia drill or two, learn songs and games from the period, and of course, shop at all the booths and tents that will spring up on the grounds! Over 25 vendors will be selling their period wares, from pottery to spoons to bread to bonnets. The property is divided between the Americans and the British, so be sure to take a tour of both camps to see and hear both sides of the story.

Market Fairs seem special to us today, but they were commonplace in Colonial America. Markets held in town squares or other designated marketplaces allowed far-flung members of the community to come into nascent towns to buy, sell, and trade goods and gossip. Markets helped communities to grow and towns to be more firmly established, with permanent stores and other trappings of civilization.

18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove - Historic Locust Grove Inc

Here at Locust Grove, Market Fair is treated in much the same way as in the 1780s. The community has grown a great deal since the founding of Louisville in 1778, and they enjoy this time to catch up with neighbors and friends. The 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove offers an opportunity to check in on that earlier era, and immerse yourself in the daily activities of those who have come before us. Like Market Fairs of old, there is something for everyone. Market Fair is a rain or shine event, and there is plenty to do under cover even if we have some showers.

Concessions available. Admission for adults is $8 and children $4.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Saturday
10:30-10:50 Morning Parade of the Military
11:00-11:30 Artillery Demonstration
11:30-12:00 Military Fashion Show (Auditorium)
11:30-12:00 Flax demonstration
12:30-1:00 Jack Salt & the Captain’s Daughter musical performance
12:30-1:00 Tour of the Military Camps: meet at the log cabin by the stone wall for the American Camp; meet at wood shop for the British Camp
12:30- 1:00 Riot in the Market
1:00-2:00 Undressing the Historical Lady with Maggie Waterman (Auditorium)
1:00-2:00 Jon Hagee, 18th Century Balladeer (Porch of the Historic Home)
1:00-1:30 Tour of the Military Camp: meet at the log cabin by the stone wall for the American Camp; meet at wood shop for the British Camp
1:30-2:00 Tour of the Military Camp: meet at the log cabin by the stone wall for the American Camp; meet at wood shop for the British Camp
1:30-2:00 Jack Salt & the Captain’s Daughter musical performance
2:00-2:45 Military Recruitment
3:00-3:45 Battle between Colonial and British Forces in the field
4:15-4:30 Military Retreat
Sunday
11:00-11:20 Morning Parade of the Military
11:30-12:00 Jack Salt & the Captain’s Daughter musical performance
11:30-12:00 Military Fashion Show (Auditorium)
12:00-12:30 Artillery Demonstration
12:30-1:30 Jon Hagee, 18th Century Balladeer (Porch of the Historic Home)
12:30-1:00 Tour of the Military Camp: meet at the log cabin by the stone wall for the American Camp; meet at wood shop for the British Camp
1:00-1:30 Undressing the Historical Lady with Maggie Waterman (Auditorium)
1:00-1:30 Tour of the Military Camp: meet at the log cabin by the stone wall for the American Camp;meet at wood shop for the British Camp
1:00-1:30 Riot in the Market
1:30-2:00 Tour of the Military Camp: meet at the log cabin by the stone wall for the American Camp; meet at wood shop for the British Camp
1:30-2:00 Jack Salt & the Captain’s Daughter musical performance
1:30-2:30 Military Recruitment
2:00-3:00 Music by the Drewry Family, Don and Esther Drewry: 18th Century Instrumental Music (Porch of the Historic Home)
3:00-3:45 Battle between Colonial and British Forces in the field
3:45-4:00 Military Retreat

Contact
PHONE: (502) 897-9845
EMAIL: lghh@locustgrove.org

18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove - Historic Locust Grove Inc

About the Reenactors
The Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA) has formally been invited to Locust Grove Market Fair. Any unit or individual with current membership in the NWTA (or BAR, Continental Line, or British Brigade) are invited, encouraged to come.

Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA) is an American Revolutionary War reenactment organization located in the Midwestern United States. There are over five hundred members from states as far west as Iowa, east to Ohio, north to the Canadian border and south to Tennessee.

They are non-profit educational organization that studies and recreates the culture, lifestyle, and arts of the time of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. They strive to duplicate the uniforms, weapons, battlefield tactics and camp life of the era as accurately as possible.

About Historic Locust Grove
This c.1792 Georgian mansion tells the story of its builders, William and Lucy Clark Croghan, and the story of American beginnings. William and Lucy Clark Croghan, along with Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, welcomed a generation of American luminaries to their home to rest, dialogue, campaign, and duel. Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, John James Audubon, Cassius Marcellus Clay, and Lewis and Clark, among others, all passed through Locust Grove. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history.

Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss this year’s 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove the last weekend of October!

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