Hours & Admission
Riverside is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday. ALL regular tours should be booked in advance. MASKS are required inside all buildings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Saturday, October 23, 2021 – Special Tour Option: Delving Deeper Join living historians Jerome Bias and Rodney Prioleau from the Slave Dwelling Project for an informal and informative conversation. Tour the 1837Farnsley-Moremen house and interact with archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey. Don’t miss the chance to delve deeper into Riverside’s history and meet the people who bring it to life.
Times available at 10 am, 11 am and Noon on Saturday, October 23.
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
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An outdoor/indoor walking tour focused on African American experiences at Riverside. From 1820-1865 at least 47 men, women and children were enslaved on the property. Over the past couple of decades, archaeology digs have unearthed invaluable information about their lives. New archival research has uncovered information that traces the paths taken by two families from slavery to freedom. Their stories offer insight into how formerly enslaved people navigated this complicated and challenging transition. Come walk in their footsteps along the banks of the Ohio and hear their stories.
Cost—$6/Adult; $5/Senior; and $3/Child. An advanced reservation is required.
Duration—45 mins to 1 hour
PLEASE dress for the weather. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all visitors must wear a mask and remain socially distanced from other parties.
This tour could involve difficult information including discussions of violence and other topics 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 and follow all prescribed Covid-19 requirements. 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.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, access to the Visitors Center is limited Tuesday-Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from 1-5 through November. Visitors must ring a bell for entry so that appropriate social distancing can be maintained.