By Patti Linn
Riverside Site Manager
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing—one of Metro Parks historic gems—will be hosting a series of fun and educational events this fall. We’re kicking off the season with a full weekend of living history at “100 Years on the Ohio: A Living Timeline of Louisville’s First Century” on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days). Over 100 re-enactors will demonstrate the crafts, clothing, pastimes, weaponry and food of each period from 1765 to 1865. Admission is: $6/Adults; $5/Seniors (60+); $3/Children (ages 6-12) or $15/Family (2 adults with up to 3 children). Admission includes a tour of the centerpiece of the site: the Farnsley-Moremen House (built circa 1837).
Scheduled activities for the event include: morning and evening parades, period fashion shows, children’s games, dance demonstrations, military tactical and artillery demonstrations, period musical entertainment, a speaker’s series on historical topics and presentations by re-enactors portraying important historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and John James Audubon. You don’t want to miss this engaging walk through Louisville’s past!
Later this fall, you can find out about the early history of the Riverside property—including the story of the shooting of Ebenezer Christopher (the first owner of the land before the Farnsley-Moremen House was built)! Local historian David Baker will share his research into “Riverside Before the Farnsleys and the Moremens” on Sunday, September 26th at 2:00 PM in the Riverside Visitors Center. This event is FREE, but reservations are recommended. (Call 502/935-6809.)
On Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 PM, Rick Bell, author of The Great Flood of 1937, will present a slide show and talk about the impact his devastating event had on Southwest Louisville. Did you know that 30 of the 33 miles of Dixie Highway from Louisville to Muldraugh Hill were under water? This presentation is also FREE, but reservations are encouraged. (Call 502/935-6809.)
“Measuring Time at the Farnsley-Moremen House” ~ On Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 PM, we’ll be offering a special tour of the Farnsley-Moremen House by Frank Webster (Webster’s Clock Works) with a special emphasis on the antique clocks in the house. Be sure to register in advance for this unique opportunity, by calling 502/935-6809.
“History of Kentucky Bourbon Making in Southwest Louisville” ~ Did you know that the Pleasure Ridge Park Distillery used to be located about where Pleasure Ridge Park High School is today? Learn about the rich and fascinating history of bourbon making in Southwest Louisville on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 PM from noted bourbon historian Mike Veach of the Filson Historical Society.
We’ll wrap up our fall series with a popular Hearth Cooking Class on Sunday, October 23 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Participants can work with expert Lucy Ricketts on a hearth-cooked meal in Riverside’s detached kitchen! Work in the morning—and enjoy your meal for lunch! Space is very limited so reservations are a must. Call 502/935-6809.
Find out more about Riverside by visiting our website: www.riverside-landing.org