The Edyalmoor Tour is held annually of the grounds of the historic Edyalmoor estate, which is protected forever by a conservation easement held by River Fields and the Kentucky Heritage Council. These tours are led by River Fields staff and a biologist with expertise in the collection of plant life on the property. These tours are free and open to the public.
Dave French, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Gina Berger, an environmental scientist with expertise in the plant life on the property, will conduct the tour. Both were integral members of the conservation team that worked with the landowners to preserve the history and natural landscape of the property. The “bones” of Mrs. Atherton’s (a former owner of the home) famous Evergreen Garden remain and is part of the tour. The Olmsted firm developed plans for the estate in the early 1900’s, and some landscape remnants created through that plan also remain today.
Edyalmoor is the last remaining segment of the Bate Plantation, originally 4,000 acres and once the largest plantation and land holding in Jefferson County. In November 2006, Kenneth W. and Edythe Moore preserved the property forever when they executed a Historic Preservation, Conservation and Scenic Easement, held jointly by River Fields, Inc. and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.
Edyalmoor tour reservations are required and space is limited. The tour is of the grounds only and does not include the house. Sensible walking shoes and dressing for the weather is strongly suggested.