My dad and I went to Locust Grove for Fathers Day, he's a big history buff. Neither of us had been there before and thought it would be meat to check out. We told the young woman who worked in the entrance area as much, and she asked if we would like a guided tour or just walk around the grounds. We wanted to explore on our own, so she provided us with a map and explicitly stated that "all the buildings are open."
We headed out and the first building we came to was the mansion. Beautiful. There was a small sign by the door that mentioned admission tickets, but as we were told "all buildings are open," we went inside to look around. There was a guided tour going on on the third floor, but as I said we like to explore on our own, so we looked around the other rooms and went back downstairs.We couldn't gain much as there was no signage in the house, do we looked around the three story building for maybe ten minutes, then exited the front door.
There we met a tour guide and some of the next guided tour. She immediately scolded us, saying that the house was only for the guided tour. We told her that we were told that "all the buildings were open," as we walked on, but she pushed further asking if we had heard the other guided tour. We replied that we saw it going on but just looked through the house and left. She gave an exasperated sigh and rolled her eyes. All in front of other guests.
This put a damper on the rest of the outing, which had just begun, as the house was the first building we had explored. This woman was very disrespectful to us, as the situation was a misunderstanding of the meaning of "all buildings are open." She publicly degraded us for doing something that was, at the point, moot, as we had seen the house but gained nothing from it as there was no more information provided than two sentences in a brochure.
I will say that the museum featured there is very well done and family friendly.
If you plan to go to Locust Grove, take the guided tour. Or else.
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