Looking for something fun to do with the family this Memorial Day weekend? Get out of the house and get to the Season Opening Celebration at Plum Grove! Family-friendly activities will engage children and adults of any age.
This event will be riddled with clues to the past! Follow the clues around beautiful Plum Grove to learn fun (and sometimes crazy) facts about the Lucases, their home, and their life together.
RIDDLE COMPETITION! Submit your favorite riddles on the form provided by JCHS. Submit the riddles by 5 p.m. The JCHS’s favorites will be published on our Facebook page and our next newsletter!
The Master Gardeners will be giving tours of the 1840-era gardens that produce beautiful blooms every year. Visit Plum Grove and tour Friendly Lucas’ Flower Garden, Wildflower Garden, and Kitchen Garden.
Taste the luscious tomatoes that are grown and maintained by the Johnson County Master Gardeners. These sun-ripened tomatoes come straight from the historical 1850’s garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Iowa’s first territorial governor.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove! Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy on Plum Grove’s beautiful back lawn.
Summer picnics at Plum Grove that include:
- Garden tours
- Plum Grove tours
- Historical lawn games
Eat the fruits of the Johnson County Master Gardeners’ labor. Sample an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the 1850s historic garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Gov. Robert Lucas.
More details to follow.
The Season Opening of Plum Grove will feature the talents of many Johnson County locals: a spinner from the Amana Colonies, weavers from the Craft Guild of Iowa City, a local Civl War historian, and a scholar of the Littleton Brothers. Come to Plum Grove to make crafts, use a table loom, and learn about Iowa City’s local history before, during, and after the Civil War.
The Picnic at Plum Grove is from 2-4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy on Plum Grove’s beautiful back lawn. Samples of 1800’s food will be provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
This event is free and open to the public.
Johnson County Master Gardeners will host its fifth annual Tomato Taste. The public is invited to attend and taste red, orange, green, yellow, striped and even blue tomatoes. Held outdoors under the historic Plum Grove oak trees, participants will learn the latest information on tomato nutrition, saving seed, and growing tomatoes.
Plum Grove Historic Home will be open to tour during this event.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove!
Learn about Iowa history while touring Plum Grove Historic Home. Play some pioneer lawn games and savor a snack provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
Date: July 30th
Time: 1:30-4:30 PM
Location: 1030 Carroll St. Iowa City, Iowa
This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call 319-351-5738
Come celebrate Lucas Farms Neighborhood History featuring these tentative events : Historical activities at Plum Grove Historic Site, home of Iowa’s first territorial governor, Pony Rides and kids activities at Iowa City Assembly Church/ Highland Ave. Park, Project Green’s annual garden tour, featuring Lucas Farms gardens, “Tour De Farms” bike ride, and arts activities along Yewell Street, named after Iowa City’s most historic artist, George Yewell.
Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum will visit Plum Grove Historic Home!
Iowans share a fascination with being Iowan. But what does it really mean to be Iowan? Individuals will have a chance to explore the history of Iowans at home, work and play when visiting The Iowa History 101 mobile museum provided by the State Historical Society of Iowa. This mobile exhibit, which unpacks the stories of Iowa’s past with dozens of artifacts from the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s collection, will stop at Plum Grove Historic Home on June 21st to the 25th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Plum Grove Historic Home was built by Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas and his wife, Friendly. The 1844 home is located at 1030 Carroll Street in Iowa City, Iowa and will be open for visitors to tour and explore life on the Iowa frontier.