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Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum
Ranked #16 of 55 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.
Reviewed 17 December 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 the table, composted, cared for the land. appreciated local artifacts and written history. Served iced tea and simple homemade refrigerator cookies to callers. Descendants who have received shares in a corporate trust are still parceling out their land holdings and trying to have it put to worthy purposes. Local hospital, churches, preserving this homestead and their parents mission home in Hanalei, the latest shopping center in Lihue, a planned community during the next two decades near, etc. Interesting family history. The homestead is a place of peace and grace.

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Reviewed 5 December 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 and outbuildings. A special stop is the kitchen with its wood-fired stove, sweet tea and ginger cookies. (Cookie recipe available at the end of the tour)

The tour also illustrates turn-of-the-century "subsistence" living on the island before it was fashionable in addition to the simplicity of basic plantation architecture.

Most children would probably be bored with this tour but I think adults might find the history of the Grove Farm Homestead an interesting departure from the packaged tours to other parts of the island.

I would combine this tour with a visit to the Kauai Museum a few miles away and a visit to the Wai‘oli Mission House located in Hanalei.

Thank scottiam
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Reviewed 29 November 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 how the plantation came about and how the Wilcox family become one of the richest families on the island. Probably not a tour for children but if you want to know some of the history of Kauai then this is a great little tour. The entrance is not well sign posted so we drove past and had to turn around.

Thank Dexter15
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

What a wonderful tour and David was excellent in telling and weaving the story of Mabel Wilcox and her family along with the beautiful pieces of antiques, Koa bowls and tables, not to mention the lovely views over Lihue area. A step back in time with a great guide. If you like history and want to know about the early days of Kauai, this is a must see!

Thank Susan D
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Tours are MWTh, at 10 and 1. Reservations are required (24 hr cancelation). The fee is $20pp. 808-245-3202. Suggest you book early (limited size groups and group tours can take all the slots! The Farm is located off Nawiliwili Road. The turn is mid block and has a smallish, low sign in front. Parking is in the grassy/dirt. The tours are done by volunteers, so the quality might vary from docent to docent. Our tour guide was average-good. The tour is off a couple of the buildings and a bit of the "farm/barn animals" area. The tour is loaded with history of the Wilcox family, and of early days in Kauai. The farm was supported by cattle and sugar in its hayday. Lots of the family history is covered in the office. It then continues with family, guest and worker areas and lodging. Trees include local and those brought here by the Wilcox"s. Lots of the original furnishing are viewable. The tour is about 2 hours and requires the removal of your shoes before entering a couple of the buildings. Cookies, baked freshly in a wood oven, and cold mint tea is offered in the kitchen, buy one of the family of the original workers. We highly recommend this tour, IF this write-up is of interest.

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