About Us

Welcome to Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead. Our mission is threefold: to Preserve Blackacre’s natural and historic features, promote outdoor environmental education, and share Blackacre’s cultural heritage with the community.

The Presley Tyler Farmhouse

The Presley Tyler Farmhouse, constructed 1844

What is the Blackacre Conservancy?


The Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead is managed by the Blackacre Conservancy, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving a special piece of Kentucky’s natural legacy and early settlement history for visitors of all ages.  At Blackacre, nearly three hundred acres filled with rolling fields, forests, and streams surround the historic homestead, which lies at the heart of the Blackacre Nature Preserve.  The preserve’s land use history integrates education, agriculture, nature and historic preservation with visitor programs, a few private residences, a neighborhood garden, and community activities.

Blackacre’s Moses Tyler Homestead, which dates to approximately 1785, lies at the heart of what was once the Edward Tyler farm.  Today, the thousand acres that made up the Edward Tyler farm are included on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service as the Tyler Settlement Rural Historic District.  The Moses Tyler Homestead is the only piece of this historic settlement that is available to the public.

The Homestead shelters an 18th-century stone cottage, spring house, barn, and a pre-Civil War farmhouse, now open to the public as the Blackacre visitors’ center.  Visitors can explore the double crib barn that served the neighboring Tyler families during early settlement and tour Blackacre’s spring house and smoke house.

Today, school field trips, summer camps, workshops, lectures, concerts, and many other programs allow visitors to learn in this place of natural and historic beauty.  Visitors are welcome to enjoy Blackacre 3pm to dusk on weekdays after our school groups have left, and from dawn to dusk on weekends.  Walking trails are open year-round, weather permitting.  Visitors can also tour the homestead and explore the Appalachian-style double crib barn, the historic spring house and the brick smoke house.  Guests are also welcome to watch the horses, cows and goats in the fields surrounding the homestead.  Admission is free.

A member-supported organization, the Blackacre Conservancy also plays host to weddings, corporate events, family reunions, and other gatherings, which help sustain the work of the organization.

Our Mission: To preserve Blackacre’s natural and historic features, promote outdoor environmental education, and share Blackacre’s cultural heritage with the community.


Blackacre, Kentucky’s first State Nature Preserve, was established in 1979 and has influenced hundreds of thousands of school students, teachers, and volunteers with environmental education programs through the public school system. The 170 acre farm, donated by Judge Macauley L. Smith and his wife Emilie Strong Smith, was their home for 32 years. The Smiths created Blackacre Conservancy to maintain the historic home, farm buildings, and the lands for the benefit of the people of Kentucky.

Located only 25 minutes from downtown Louisville, Blackacre is a haven and a resource for its community. Visitors to Blackacre can explore the grounds and trails, watch and feed the horses, cows, and goats in their open pastures, tour its historic homestead, and participate in many of the educational and recreational programs and events Blackacre has to offer. Blackacre is also a partner of the JCPS system, hosting outdoor education programs and field trips during the school year to both JCPS and other local private schools.

This website is a portal for uncovering the wealth of resources Blackacre has to offer. But nothing can capture the experience of discovering Blackacre for yourself. So why not pay us a visit? Admission to Blackacre is free. Make your escape: come see what’s waiting for you at Blackacre.