Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead





Rural land has all but disappeared in Jefferson County– and with it, our only ties to the history of Kentucky’s early settlement. The Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead exists to preserve the precious traces of our past that have been all but erased in Louisville’s expansion into and development of its rural lands. Blackacre’s boundaries make up nearly half of the 600-acre Tyler Settlement, a rural historic district that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 1986. Remarkably, the pattern of fields, woods, and streams at Blackacre remains much the same as it was 200 years ago. Nestled in a lush 270-acre nature preserve near Jeffersontown, the historic homestead, barn, and gardens of Blackacre offer a slice of country charm. Rental options include the Presley Tyler 1844 Farmhouse, grounds surrounding our historic 1790’s barn, and the Schick Nature Center with its grounds and adjacent picnic tables. Tents may be set up in designated areas for a outdoor wedding in the meadows. Each venue allows you to take advantage of Blackacre’s natural and historic beauty and looks lovely simply decorated with flowers, vines, and personal details.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Barn/Farm/Ranch, Park/Garden, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 50 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 50 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 300 guests

Time Restrictions

Set-up the day of the event is included as early as 7am with the option of purchasing additional set-up time the day before. Depending on the amount of event time you rent, all events must conclude by 11pm with clean-up and out by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $300 to $900 for a ceremony and reception and includes the venue from 9:00AM to 11:00PM day of the event. Set up can start as early as Thursday afternoon and clean up is done on Sunday. Please inquire with the venue for ceremony only pricing. There are hourly rental rates available day of the event. The venue is only available for wedding bookings May through October.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead is estimated at between $3,245 and $5,825 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM
Tent is not included
No open flame in the barn
No sparklers