Discover the charm of Portland, Louisville's riverside community! Where art and heritage celebrate community.


Our Story

Founded in 1978 by elementary school teachers, the Portland Museum grew from a single classroom to its present location in Beech Grove, an antebellum “country seat” on the old road between Portland and Louisville. The on-going restoration of Beech Grove, an 1852 Italianate residence with vintage gardens, serves to tell the story of William and Mary Skene whose family lived here for eight decades. In a modern addition, the Portland Museum uses long-term and temporary exhibits to tell the story of Portland – a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood that is rich with history and folk life.

Beech Grove Press, a letterpress studio, is equipped with Chandler & Price presses, cases of foundry type, and bookbinding equipment. Here, as funding permits, children and adults learn and practice book arts. Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press in Owen County, Kentucky, has been a major influence over the years.

The Portland Museum’s Squire Earick House, an American Treasure, may be the oldest house in Portland and when its restoration is complete, will tell important stories about life on the river’s edge, flatboats and steamboats, and the Underground Railroad.

There’s so much history behind the Portland area, and you owe it to yourself to learn about it. This is a great place to start!
— Maggie Kimberl, visitor

Board of trustees & staff

  • Maria McGary, President
  • Sherry Cockrell, Treasurer
  • Doug Magee
  • Judy Schroeder
  • Merrill Simmons
  • Bryan Warren
  • Anne Wunsch
  • Nathalie Andrews, Executive Director
  • Teresa Lee, Visitor Services Coordinator   & Educator