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Har-Ber Village, Grove

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#20 of 71 in Museums in Oklahoma
History Museum Museum
All ages enjoy strolling through scenic grounds at Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove, Oklahoma, located on the banks of Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. This pioneer-era village and history museum includes a Nature Trail, herb and heirloom gardens, picnic pavilion, cafe and gift shop. During self-guided tours of this outdoor museum, visitors experience the area’s history, ecology and exhibitions reflecting life during the 1830s to 1930s in the four-state region (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas). Visit the stagecoach inn and saloon, schoolhouse, doctor's office, drug store and ice cream parlor, blacksmith shop, mercantile, courthouse, jail, gallows, and much, much more!

Specialties

Collections feature dolls, glass, furniture, lamps, pottery, walking canes, etc. Hands-on kid-friendly stations include checkers in the saloon, role playing in a log cabin home, toys in a nursery and writing on slates in a one-room schoolhouse. Special events are offered on at least one Saturday a month. Historic craft workshops are offered on a regular basis and vary from weaving to beading to egg dyeing to soap making and more. Gifts and souvenirs are available at the Country Store and lunch may be had at Back Porch Cafe. Eat at the Picnic Pavilion, walk the Nature Tail, rent the Event Tent (3,000 sq. ft.).

History

Established in 1968. Purchased in 1944 as a place for a summer home, Harvey and Bernice Jones never expected to build an antique village. It was established in 1968 when Harvey built Bernice a church on the banks of the lake from bricks handmade before the civil war. Bernice named the Village by using the first three letters of each of their first names. Numerous buildings were added as the Joneses needed places to display the antiques and collectibles they gathered over the years. 98% of the items in Har-ber Village were purchased by the Joneses and the rest was donated. Har-Ber Village Museum's Mission is to collect and preserve historical items, authentic to the American experience, for the whole family to enjoy and understand within a scenic and inspirational setting.

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  • Very nice attraction to visit. The place is very well maintained and the staff is very friendly. It's not that cheap to visit the place, but I would definitely recommend it! I would like to go back bu...  more »
  • Visited with my husband (a former Jones Truck Lines driver) and my parents. We really enjoyed this museum village! We were there for almost 4 hours and enjoyed walking around the village, stepping bac...  more »
  • The café at Harbor Village was great. We had a burger and chicken salad sandwich, and both were excellent. The server was nice and the food was served quickly.  more »
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  • My family really enjoyed the visit. We spent hours looking at all of the different displays. There's a huge variety of items! We easily could have spent more time there.
  • Must visit outdoor museum that was the private collection of Harvey and Bernice Jones. Many people don't know that Har-Ber road or "W 13th" is so named Har-Ber not Harbor because of Harvey and Bernice Jones. The road name has zero to do with a boat harbor.
  • We hadn't been there for about 40 years. We had the opportunity to go there once again and it is still a neat place to visit.
  • Great day of fun. We attended during Interactive Family Day. Many stations to watch and interact through the village. Definitely coming back.
  • Great place and value

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