Hours & Admission
Riverside is open for tours Tuesday through Sundays. ALL regular tours should be booked in advance through the website or by calling 502.935.6809. Masks are optional.
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.
Digging Layers of Time: Riverside’s Archaeology Experience
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Have you ever dreamed of being an archaeologist? Do you want to touch the past and feel the thrill of discovery? Riverside has partnered with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey for over 20 years to provide the public opportunities to participate in the discovery of long-lost history. This work has been integral to understanding the “unwritten” history of the site. Excavations continue to provide invaluable information about the people who lived and worked at Riverside.
Riverside offers you the opportunity to dig with professional archaeologists and become a part of the process of uncovering history! (Families are welcome. Not recommended for children 5 and under.) Space is limited so you must book in advance. PLEASE bring your own water bottle(s).
NOTE: Digging through Layers of Time is only offered during the warmer weather months.
Tour Admission is:
- $5.00/Seniors (60+)
- $3/Children (ages 6-12)
- Free for Children 5 and Under
- Family Rate is $15.00 and covers 2 adults with up to 3 children under age 18.
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.