Blackacre History


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.

Learn more about Blackacre’s history, click on each of the titles below.


Who settled Blackacre?

Why did the Tylers choose to settle where they did?

How did the Tyler’s get their land?

What was grown on the farm?

Who else worked this land?

What is the history of the other buildings that make up the homestead?