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Har-Ber Village, Grove

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History 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.

Remember the Past, Celebrate the Present, Imagine the Future!
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a great interactive museum - for adults of kids. But there is a lot of walking and most of the trek is outside, so weather will be a factor.  more »
  • Har-ber Village has one of the coolest founding stories around. You will find out how this neat outdoor antique museum came about and why the founders chose Grove to plant this seed of enjoyment for s...  more »
  • Har-Ber Village is a great place to go see if you are coming up to the Grove, Oklahoma area. They have such a variety of things to see (old clothing, doll collection, Old Dental Office-there is just t...  more »
Google
  • Great day of fun. We attended during Interactive Family Day. Many stations to watch and interact through the village. Definitely coming back.
  • 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.
  • As a child we went to Harbor Village many many times!!! Some really great memories made there!!! Definitely worth checking it out if you're in the area!! Taking my kids this fall for some new memories...
  • Loved it!! Planning on spending my 35th birthday w my husband and son there.
  • Well worth the time and money. Something for everyone, from Chapel, to bank, to dentist office, to a bar and fine china, and antique furniture. Don't miss it when you are in the area.