I spend a lot of time thinking about and talking about other places. I think we all romanticize the remote and exotic. But the truth is that even my hometown of Louisville, KY has a lot to offer if you’re stopping by for a visit–or if, like me, you live here, and you’re just interested in experiencing it more fully.
Recently, for example, I went to Locust Grove, which is only about 10 minutes from my house. This is a place that a lot of local schools take their classes on field trips because of the rich history of the place. But I was visiting at around sunset, and I am definitely no historian.
Locust Grove, for those who did not grow up hearing all of the stories is a mansion that was built in the 1790’s, and has held up pretty darn well over the past couple of decades. It was the home of George Rogers Clark, and he and his sister hosted all kinds of famous people there, including Lewis and Clark, the explorers responsible for the whole west coast.
So it’s pretty cool.
To tell you the truth, the house itself isn’t all that impressive; it’s a big house with lots of smallish rooms. What’s really awesome is the acres and acres of beautiful land and all of the old, somewhat creepy outbuildings that you have to assume are haunted. My boyfriend and I went after the tours had ended for the day, so we were mostly alone on the vast property which made it a little eerie. I was just trying to take some cool pictures like those you see here.
But the point of this post isn’t to tell you to visit Locust Grove. Unless you want to. In which case, my very friendly hometown will welcome you with open arms (We really are THAT friendly. And yes, we wear shoes. Most of the time). My point is to tell you to take a trip this weekend to see something cool in your own hometown. And then report back and tell me about it in the comments, because I might want to add it to my list of places to visit too 🙂