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Plum Grove Historic Home

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1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States

Plum Grove Historic Home was the residence of Robert and Friendly Lucas and their family. Robert was appointed by President Van Buren as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa in 1838 and served as governor until 1841. Free tours of the house offer a glimpse into the lives of the Lucas family and life in the 19th century Iowa Territory. Visitors to the site can also tour the historic vegetable and flower gardens which are both part of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens.

Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend: Wednesday-Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

After Labor Day Weekend to October 31st: Saturday-Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

To arrange a group tour please call (319) 351-5738 or contact us at least two business days in advance.

May 2020

Plum Grove Season Opening Celebration

May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Save the date for this special event.

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June 2020

Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Save the date for this special day (although keep an eye out for activities possibly switching to Sunday the 28th)! This yearly event boasts a festival just south of downtown Iowa City. Easily accessible, the festival includes free food, games, and much more! Check back later for details.

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July 2020

Taste of Plum Grove

July 10
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The men and women of the Johnson County Master Gardeners celebrate their 25th year hosting the Taste of Plum Grove. This event includes a buffet of delicious food, an open house at Plum Grove Historic Home, and the availability to purchase a recipe book of the Master Gardeners' own historic recipes---only a few dollars a book! The Master Gardeners harvest what ingredients they can from the Kitchen Garden at Plum Grove, then supplement from their personal gardens to create a…

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August 2020

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

August 30
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Tomatoes will be plentiful this August at Plum Grove due to the careful tending of the Johnson County Master Gardeners. If you want a taste of sun-ripened tomatoes (and some of the goodies made from them) come on over and grab a bite. This event is free and open to the public. Stay tuned to this page for details on the time of the event.

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