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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 2016

Plum Grove Season Opening

May 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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June 2016

Picnic at Plum Grove

June 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Monthly summer picnics at Plum Grove that include: Garden tours Plum Grove tours Historical lawn games Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove! Picnics will be held on: June 26th July 31st August 28th September 25th

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May 2017

Plum Grove Season Opening

May 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Join us in celebrating this year's season opening of Plum Grove Historic Home! Visitors will explore the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, view Plum Grove's vegetable and flower gardens, and enjoy treats provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City. "PLAY BALL!" the early Iowa way: Participants at this year’s Plum Grove Season Opening will also have an opportunity to partake in a 19th-century style game of American cricket. Historian Tom Melville will conduct short, informal cricket games from…

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June 2017

Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum

June 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - June 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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…

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Lucas Farms History Day and Project GREEN Garden Tour

June 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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.

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July 2017

Picnic at Plum Grove

July 30, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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

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August 2017

Master Gardeners Annual Tomato Taste

August 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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.

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May 2018

Plum Grove Season Opening Celebration and Picnic

May 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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…

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June 2018

Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

June 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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July 2018

Taste of Plum Grove

July 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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.

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Picnic at Plum Grove

July 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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  

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August 2018

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

August 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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.

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May 2019

Season Opening Celebration at Plum Grove

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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…

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June 2019

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

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Garden Tour at Plum Grove

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

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Garden Tour at Plum Grove

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

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Garden Tour at Plum Grove

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Picnic at Plum Grove

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Monthly summer picnics at Plum Grove that include: Garden tours Plum Grove tours Historical lawn games Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove! Picnics will be held on: June 26th July 31st August 28th September 25th

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Garden Tour at Plum Grove

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Picnic at Plum Grove

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on August 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats. This event is free and open to the public.

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July 2019

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

July 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Taste of Plum Grove

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The gardens at Plum Grove are producing a harvest! The Johnson County Master Gardeners are preparing a feast to celebrate the three bountiful gardens at Plum Grove that are what remain of Friendly Lucas' three historical gardens: the Kitchen Garden, the Flower Garden, and the Wildflower Garden. Friendly Lucas, the wife of the first Territorial Governor of Iowa, was a beloved hostess who cooked with plums, veggies, and herbs that came from these gardens. Come on over to Plum Grove…

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Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Lucas Farms History Day is chock full of fun things to do around the Lucas Farms Neighborhood! Pony rides, free burgers and hotdogs, bicycle tours of the area and much more are all available. See below for a full schedule of events. The JCHS's contribution this year is a display of antique automobiles (on loan from the Antique Car Museum of Iowa) that help tell the unique story of Iowa City life in the 1800s and early 1900s. The…

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Garden Tour at Plum Grove

July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Picnic at Plum Grove

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on August 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats. This event is free and open to the public.

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August 2019

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Picnic at Plum Grove

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on August 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats. This event is free and open to the public.

Find out more »

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Find out more »

Heirloom Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

August 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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. If you want a taste of sun-ripened tomatoes (and some of the goodies made from them) come on over and grab a bite.

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Garden Tour at Plum Grove

August 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August. This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

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