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Grove Farm Homestead

Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
808 245 3202
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Lihue
Type: Historic Sites, Farms, Museums
Activities: Shopping
Description: This 80-acre site was originally a sugar plantation where you can see the original family mansion, the worker's quarters and many fine gardens.
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Ocoee, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a well preserved plantation from one of the founding missionary families of Kauai. The last family member residing here created a foundation to preserve the place and docent led tours are filled with information. I recommend you wear sandals as you need to remove footwear three times during the tour. We were also served homemade tea and cookies... More

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Oakdale, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Only open about 3 days a week for small tours, this plantation farm museum is rich with the history of island sugar cane. I got their book detailing the history of George Wilcox and the farm. It is very interesting and I would recommend buying at their gift area. More info: GroveFarm.org.

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Shelton WA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Grove Farm tour was so interesting & gave us a chance to go back in time to see what life was like on a sugar plantation in the late 1800's, which was purchased by George N. Wilcox & we learned the history of the Wilcox family. We were fortunate to have David as our tour guide & he was... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Although the front office seems to be a bit disorganized, once this tour got underway it was very informative and entertaining. I enjoyed the tour of the plantation house and grounds. Well worth your time and money for history loving adults. I think most kids would be bored.

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Pacific Grove
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Our guide (Noble) was amazing in his presentation of details of the life and times, building details, art and book collection, gardens, kitchen, and all the wonderful animals. This is a MUSTSEE to enhance your appreciation of the island.

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Maine
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254 reviews 254 reviews
67 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

It is easy to visit the beautiful island of Kaua'i and miss the great historical significance, the present contributions and the great future which has been provided to the island by the Abner Wilcox Family. Abner and Lucy Wilcox came to the island, sailing from Boston, as teacher missionaries in 1832 with the 8th Company of missionaries to Hawaii. Their... More

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Marlton, New Jersey
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382 reviews 382 reviews
212 attraction reviews
420 helpful votes 420 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is not a high tech tour with fancy gift shops and high tech gadgets. It is done the old fashioned way. The tour guide cares about the Homestead and it shows. We had a woman originally from Texas who was excellent. The staff lovingly takes care of the cats who roam the grounds. This is the homestead of one... More

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Kennebunk, Maine
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102 reviews 102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Our guide had so much to tell us of the history of Grove Farm that he gave us over two hours. The Wilcox family descended from missionaries, worked hard, adapted to conditions, had simple frugal habits, cared for their workers and prospered. Two spinster sisters lived until recent years in the homestead, retaining its simplicity. Grew their own food for... More

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Graham, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

The Grove Farm Homestead offers tours showcasing George Wilcox and his family's life as the manager and then owner of a sugar plantation on the island of Kauai. Part of the tour also mentions long time employees of the family, their jobs and their lifestyle. The visit consists of informative guided tours of George Wilcox's quarters, the family residence, gardens... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

If you want something a little slower paced in Kauai then this tour is worth looking into. Our Guide was David and he was very knowledgeble about the history of the Plantation and the Wilcox family. He was very enthusiastic and this came out in his manner. The tour lasted about 2 hours and it was very interesting to see... More

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