Plum Grove Historic House

Plum Grove Historic House

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Plum Grove Historic House

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<p>Plum Grove is a historic house located in Iowa City, United States. Plum Grove was the retirement home of Gov. Robert Lucas and the childhood home of the author Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd. Built in 1844, Lucas lived there with his wife, Friendly, and several children and grandchildren. Lucas died at Plum Grove in 1853, and his family moved out by 1866.</p><p>Subsequent owners include the Hoyt family, who were associated with the Eleutherian College, and Plum Grove was the birthplace of Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd in 1868. The house was subsequently occupied by the family of Jacob Carroll Switzer, a Civil War hero, and then by a number of immigrant and impoverished families. It was bought by the state of Iowa in 1943 and refurbished as a monument to Lucas. The house is maintained by the Johnson County Historical Society, but owned by the State Historical Society of Iowa.</p><p>Hours:<br>Memorial Day through Labor Day<br>Wednesday though Sunday<br>1 p.m. to 5 p.m.<br>Labor Day through October 31<br>Saturday and Sunday<br>1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by group appointment</p><p>Contact:<br>For more information or to schedule a group tour, contact the local manager at:<br>Leigh Ann Jero<br>Johnson County Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 5081<br>Coralville, Iowa 52241<br>Telephone: 319-351-5738</p>


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