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“If you want plantation history this is the tour”

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum
Ranked #15 of 56 things to do in Lihue
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Owner 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.
Oregon
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36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“If you want plantation history this is the tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

If you are a history buff and really want to know about the Hawaiian history related to sugar plantations then this is the tour for you. Not only do you get to explore the grounds, but you get to go into several of the old buildings. Everything on the plantation is kept as it was when the sisters set up the preservation of the estate. Inside the plantation home you get to see the house as they lived in it a half century ago (and beyond). In fact, we were taken into the kitchen for cookies and iced tea, prepared in the old fashioned way, a wood stove, by a Hawaiian woman who worked for the sisters before they died. She spoke reverently about them.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered questions beyond what he didn't directly talk about. This is a low-key tour and not for those who are looking for something with excitement. This was however, one of the best history tours we have been on for quite some while and well worth the $20 admission fee. It is truly fascinating to see how the work was done and how the people lived 50-75 years ago.

Visited January 2013
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Interesting tour of old Kauai...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2012

A fascinating glimpse of a bygone era in Kauai history. Visit one kama'aina family's home and learn about their role in the sugar industry on Kauai.

We have visited the museum several times and have enjoyed it each time. Small tour groups are led by multiple docents, and each time the tours have been different due to the individual docent's interests and focus on different aspects of the museum. Tours show outbuildings, the original house and the later addition, gardens, grounds, and livestock. Very informative and interesting (and you even get sugar cookies and mint tea!). Anyone who is interested in learning about part of Kauai's past will enjoy a couple of hours spent here.

Visited October 2012
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Olympia, Washington
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just step into history!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

I would strongly recommend this museum as it really seems like the people who owned the homestead just stepped out for an evening on the town. The tours are very small and you feel like you are getting a first class review of the home and you are!

Visited June 2012
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

went to a local crafts fair in the grounds there and met many local artisians.There is a beautiful museum of historical pieces

Visited October 2012
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Portland, ME
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165 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A Special Experience...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

We have been to Kauai about eight times and have always meant to visit the Grove Farm Homestead, but never made it - until this year. A very special experience, as others have noted. Make plans in advance and do ti!

Visited October 2012
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