Blackacre Nature Preserve

| January 20, 2011

Blackacre (3)With the much anticipated Voice-Tribune Bridal Issue comes an even bigger issue – my sudden and overwhelming need to plan a wedding. Not necessarily get married, just plan a wedding.

Perhaps it’s the fact that I have been knee-deep in satin and lace for the past two weeks, but I was needing a break from bouquets and my boyfriend needed me gone – or at least out of the house long enough for him to dispose of the Tiffany’s catalogs I had strategically planted all over his room.

In search of a serene relief, I stumbled upon Blackacre Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead. When I arrived, the noise and stresses of urban life (and wedding cake) faded away.

Blackacre (1)The rural setting of Blackacre’s homestead remains much the same as it was in the 1800s.

“Every day I come to work and am enveloped by the quiet peace of this beautiful land,” said Lydia Kowalski, executive director.

Located just off Blankenbaker Parkway on Tucker Station Road,,  “People are amazed to find this rustic island of nature in the middle of a highly developed urban area,” Kowalski said.

With its six trails through meadows, prairie land and woodlands, it was a nice step into serenity.

Nestled in a lush 270-acre nature preserve near Jeffersontown, the historic homestead, barn and gardens of Blackacre offer a slice of country charm. And yet it is still just 25 minutes from downtown Louisville.

Blackacre (6)Founded in 1795, the homestead was occupied by the Tyler Family and functioned as a farm until the late 1980s. Today, the land is included on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service as the Tyler Settlement Rural Historic District.

In 1979, the land was donated by Judge Macauley Smith and wife, Emilie Strong Smith, to the Kentucky State Nature Preserve Commission to preserve the land for future generations.

You might have found yourself as a visitor on one of the many field trips Blackacre hosts each year. For the past 23 years, it as served as home for the Jefferson County Public School’s Environmental Education Program. JCPS programs at Blackacre have hosted from 6,000 to 10,000 visitors annually, primarily K-12 students participating in environmental education programs.

As my eyes skimmed over Blackacre’s information, weddings were still on the brain, and I noticed their rental packages.

“The perfect place for business meetings, family outings or….W-E-D-D-I-N-G-S.” It was almost as if,  nature was trying to tell me something.

Blackacre Conservancy is located at 3200 Tucker Station Road. Call (502) 266-9802,  or visit www.blackacreconservancy.org.

Setting

The Homestead shelters an 18th-century stone cottage, springhouse, barn, and a pre-Civil War farmhouse

Parking

On a 270-acre nature preserve, parking is open. Make the trip easier on yourself and leave the horse and carriage at home.

Sounds

Anything from birds chirping in the summer to stillness in the winter. Regardless, it’s a breath of fresh air.

Interesting Arcana

The Moses Tyler Homestead is the only piece of this historic settlement that is open to the public.

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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