Blue Grass Trust: More than just a sign

A navy blue house with a red door.

Raise your hand if you love seeing the BGT signs on houses? | Photo by the LEXtoday team

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After a two-year hiatus, the 2022 Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Antiques & Garden Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, Fri. March 4-Sun., March 6.

We spoke with BGT Executive Director Jonathan Coleman to discuss the fun-filled weekend + learn a little bit more about the group behind those famous bronze signs.

About BGT

The Blue Grass Trust is a donor-funded nonprofit that aims to protect + promote special historic places in the community. “Basically, we’re a group of concerned citizens, with a mission to educate, provide service, and mostly to advocate for preservation,” said Jonathan.

“We want to make preservation accessible for everyone. We don’t care if it’s a 1950s bungalow or 1700s mansion.” The group can lead you to available historic tax credits or people who can properly renovate older homes.

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Buildings must be at least 50 years old to be eligible for a BGT plaque. | Photo by the LEXtoday team

The signs

We see them everywhere, but what exactly do the plaques represent? “It’s basically a way to sort of shift one’s focus to think about the house. It’s not just bricks and mortar, it actually represents something that’s part of the fabric of a larger community,” said Jonathan. Find out how to become a part of the Plaque Program here.


Sip, shop, and learn at the Antiques & Garden Show. | Photo by the LEXtoday team

Antiques & Garden Show

The three-day event kicks off with a special ticketed Gala Preview Party on Thurs., March 3 from 6-9 p.m. hosted by interior designers Matt Carter + Brent Bruner. The rest of the weekend will feature a variety of vendors showcasing fine antiques, seasonal florals, and eye-catching designer vignettes. Guests will have access to daily complimentary lectures from designers, event planners, photographers, and other home and garden experts.

Single-day tickets are $25+ or a full weekend ticket for $40+. Keynote presentations + Cocktail & Quickfire events are also will be an additional fee. Proceeds from the event benefit The Blue Grass Trust and its mission.

How to get involved

Become a member — the group receives no regular city, state, or federal funding, so support + membership is key.
Check out its deTours — learn about sites that make the Bluegrass special, held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Take a Self-guided walking tour
Attend The Hopemont House Museum Lecture Series