Hours & Admission
General Tour Admission Fees (effective July 1, 2022):
Adults: $10; Seniors: $9 (and Active Military and AAA with ID); Children (ages 6-12): $5 (and students of any age with ID); Family Rate: $30 (2 adults with up to 3 children).
Riverside is open for tours Tuesday through Saturdays through Labor Day Weekend. Saturdays during this timeframe are focused on Summer Cultural Pass visitors. If you are a regular tourist who wants to visit on a Saturday during this time, please call us at 502-935-6809. (Resumption of Sunday tour times to be determined shortly.) ALL regular tours should be booked in advance when possible through the website or by calling 502.935.6809. Masks are optional.
2022 SUMMER CULTURAL PASS
The 2022 Summer Cultural Pass is available at all Louisville Free Public Libraries and at the public libraries in surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana. At Riverside, the Cultural Pass is honored on Thursdays (10 am to 4 pm) in June and July–and on Saturdays in August (10 am to 4 pm). It will also be honored on Sunday, July 10 from 1-5 pm and on Saturday, September 3 (10 am 4 pm). The experience includes a tour of the historic house + a hands-on opportunity to participate in our ongoing archaeology dig.
REGULAR TOUR OPTIONS:
A Stroll Through Time
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Tour the centerpiece of the property, the 1837 Farnsley-Moremen House and learn about life at Riverside during the time periods of the two families with the longest history on the property. The house interprets two different eras which gives visitors the feeling of walking through time. (NOTE: While it is not historically accurate, you might be happy to learn that the historic house is now air conditioned.)
Unearthing the Truth: African Americans at Riverside, A Deeper Look
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From 1802-1865 at least 47 men, women and children were enslaved at Riverside. Black laborers continued to live on the property after emancipation. Join historian Teresa Lee and archaeologist Lori Stahlgren for an in-depth discussion about what life was like for the enslaved and free African-Americans at Riverside. Learn how archaeology has informed the interpretation of the history and how it has broadened our understanding of 19th century life on the property.
Hear the stories of people like Richard Thomas who earned his freedom by serving in the U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, and Emma J. Alexander who was born into slavery at Riverside and became the first Valedictorian of Central High School in 1884 and taught in Louisville’s segregated school system for decades. This experience includes a tour of the house and grounds, as well as a presentation and discussion.
Cost—$6/Adult; $5/Senior; and $3/Child. An advanced reservation is required.
Duration—1.5 to 2 hours
PLEASE dress for the weather. Masks are optional.
This tour could involve difficult information that might not be suitable for everyone. Parental discretion is advised.
Visitors Can Add a “Family Hands-on History Adventure Box” for $15.
A box of information, puzzles, games and activities to take home and enjoy. Each activity is designed to pique the interest of “history detectives” of all ages. Learn skills that historians use to create of picture of what life was like for people who lived here long ago.
Learn a little more about the “Family Hands-on History Adventure Box” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfnUjekQwoY
Grounds are open sunrise to sunset seven days a week, year-round. Public restrooms at the open-air pavilion are available during day light hours.