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“Living history of the interesting variety”

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum
Ranked #15 of 58 things to do in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We were lucky to visit on National Smithsonian Day when there was free admission. Fascinating peek into one homestead's history. Beautiful grounds, well preserved buildings and helpful knowledgeable volunteers. The highlight for me was seeing original artwork by Charles Bartlett. There is something for everyone, don't miss it. However it was very easy to miss from the road, almost drove past it.

Thank lifesastitch
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

A little difficult to find.. but very worth the trip. Can't say enough for our 9/18/2013 guide & the homestead housekeeper of 40+ (?) years, David & Paula. They were both very knowledgeable, engaging & personal. The cookies & iced tea treats in the kitchen were most welcome too. The NH gentleman who spontaneously sat down atthe piano bench really brought the liiving room/library areas to life! Loved the resident cats: any vacationing at Kauai from the Keys' Hemingway home? Everything everbody has written before me is "right on"! Thank you, Wilcox family for your many achievements & contributions to this island community: awesome women as well!

Thank Dorothy P
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

While we didn't stay here, we stopped by on our way back from exploring the island of Kauai. This was an unexpected treat. We ate on the back porch and walked around the grounds a while. It is very beautiful. Great lunch and normal prices.

Thank ddarner
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is a great tour of one of the island's prominent family's home. You meet and are guided around the property by a knowledgable guide. The outbuildings are interesting and the main home lovely. A bit of old Kauai that is becoming surrounded by the new. Still hidden it is a real gem.

1  Thank chrisandmary1969
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

George Wilcox, son of a Hanalei missionary, acquired this struggling farm in 1864. With his engineering degree from Yale, he built an irrigation system to bring water from the mountains to his land. His brother Sam and family joined him in 1874 and lived on the property until 1978, at which time the plantation was turned into a museum. (Grove Farm is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places.) The home has been left as it was when the last Wilcox descendant lived there. We found the tour of the buildings and history of the family fascinating.

They were limiting their tour groups to 6, and it was necessary to make a reservation in advance. The cost was $20/each. The website lists tour days and times.

1  Thank Ewalina
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