Thank you for your interest in Blackacre’s Photography Membership Program! To protect the grounds and its property Blackacre requires a permit for all photography and video shoots.

In order to receive your permit photographers must submit a completed application with $75 payment by phone or online. Permit applications and payment must be received in advance of intended date(s) of photography. Please allow 7-10 business days for your permit to be processed. Memberships are good for one year from date of purchase. Permits will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form once processing is complete.

Who needs to purchase a membership?

  • All photography and video shoots with clients, professional or amateur, that utilize professional equipment require a permit.
  • Use of professional SLR or DSLR “professional cameras” are allowed informal casual photos.
  • The use of a tripod, monopod, lights, umbrellas, diffusers, detachable flash, multiple lenses, large photography bags, reflectors, props, etc. constitute professional equipment. Additionally, shoots that are works for hire, involve client photography, or involve the exchange of money or favors for a service rendered require a membership permit.

We all want to keep Blackacre open and accessible allowing us to share its history and beauty with the community for many years to come. Please help us accomplish this by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Photographer(s) are required to have their permits visible at all times while on any part of the historic homestead, fields, in the woods, or any other public area of the state nature preserve or historic homestead. Including the Community Garden or fields at the front of Blackacre adjacent to Tucker Station RD. We prefer that photographers wear their permits on a lanyard.
  • No dogs or other domestic animals are permitted on Blackacre grounds.
  • Guests and photographers who rearrange hay bales, barrels or move horse drawn wagons, carriages, or other Blackacre implements MUST RETURN THEM TO POSITION FROM WHERE EACH ITEM WAS REMOVED. Failure to do so could result in cancellation of future photography privileges at Blackacre.
  • Guest and Photographer cars are not permitted past the general parking lot without special permission.
  • Anyone seen using chalk to write on our buildings or otherwise marking or defacing our buildings will have their permits revoked and asked to leave the premise. Please be respectful of the grounds and building, Blackacre is a 200-year old historic homestead.
  • Please be courteous to your fellow photographers and visitors to the grounds. Blackacre is a space that is meant to be enjoyed by all!
  • Photographers and clients are not permitted on the grounds during private events, select Blackacre events and field trips. Blackacre requests that photographers check date availability prior to shooting by emailing requests to or contacting our office at 502-266-9802.

Blackacre staff has the authority to approach anyone suspected of conducting a photography or video shoot and to enforce these rules. Failure to comply may result in removal from the premises. Blackacre reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to shoot on its premises.

Blackacre staff will be spot checking photographers. If you do not want to be stopped, make sure your permit is visible. Photographers found shooting on the grounds without the permit will be required purchase a permit on-site and will be subject to a $25 surcharge in addition to the membership cost.

Two years ago, Blackacre instituted a Photographer Membership. It has been a pleasure seeing photographers bringing their clients to this special place as seasons change. Meaning we expect to see quite an influx with the advent of Spring within a few short weeks. In welcoming photographers, we request your assistance in helping us implement a new policy guiding photo shoots at Blackacre.

Soon, you will see more signs as this new policy, now being finalized, has been created to protect the structures and historic homestead. Basic courtesies including returning carriages after a photo shoot are being ignored. Some photographers use the premises without paying for a membership. When asked to see their membership, too many simply forgot to bring it, or were not aware membership was required as they continue to make revenue off Blackacre.

This new policy is not meant to be offensive or draconian. We appreciate photographers who have agreed to share their opinions, including the idea of “self-policing.” New rules stipulate shoots that are works for hire, involve client photography, or involved the exchange of money for a service rendered require annual membership of only $75.00. We hope many of you will join staff in requesting membership tags be displayed at all times.

Please understand new rules now being finalized are to protect you, the grounds, and lessen disruptions to scheduled photography programs, educational programs, or community events. We anticipate your continued support when the new guidelines are posted including on Blackacre’s website.

Thanks for any ideas and assistance you can provide in making photography at Blackacre an enjoyable experience for everyone.

A. Dale Josey
Executive Director
Blackacre Conservancy, Inc.