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Grove Heritage Association

Grassroots organization focused on developing the ecological, historical, and educational values of The Grove

Experience The Grove

Glenview’s most unique outdoor history and nature museum and National Historic Landmark.

Come explore 152 sprawling acres of ecologically diverse land preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District.

Venture on trails through the oak-hickory savanna, past wetland pools, and stop to watch a family of turtles. Learn about the Native American tribes and pioneer settlers who lived on this land and the tremendous impact they had on our community.

Meet the Kennicotts. In 1836, visionary horticulturist and educator, Dr. John Kennicott, settled on the property from New Orleans. His son, Robert Kennicott, became a prominent early naturalist and kept part of his plant and animal specimen collection at The Grove.

View historic buildings. The Grove is the home for two historic structures, the Kennicott House and the Redfield Estate, as well as the Archives Building, which houses The Grove’s vast collection of original Kennicott family papers and artifacts.

In 1976, Kennicott Grove (The Grove) was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a partner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chicago Wilderness.

At the same time, Grove Heritage Association (GHA) was founded to support The Grove and preserve its National Historic Landmark status.