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The Cayuga Mission Church
In 1886, Mathias Splitlog began constructing a church of local hewn limestone for his wife, Eliza Splitlog. Today, the Cayuga Mission Church is the only church in Oklahoma, and perhaps in the U.S., which was built by a Native American with his own funds for the religious use of all people. The inside is embellished with beautifully hand-carved imported wood, and 15 stones, each carved with an Indian symbol, form the arched doorway. Although the church was still unfinished when Eliza Splitlog passed away in 1894, her funeral was held in the partially completed building. The bronze bell, cast in Belgium, first tolled in memory of Eliza Splitlog during the dedication in 1896. In 1897, in the church he dreamed of, financed and built, Mathias Splitlog’s mass was held. The faithful are still called to worship today when the old mission bell rings, spring, summer, fall and winter, pealing out over the streams and valleys of what was once the Seneca Nation, now known as the Cowskin area.
Northeast of Grove on E 260 Rd. 26211 S. 670 Rd.
- Donations accepted
- Sunday services at 8:30 a.m.
- Open by appointment for groups.
Paddlewheel Riverboat Excursions Aboard the Cherokee Queen II
This paddlewheel excursion boat, one of the most popular and unique attractions on Grand Lake, takes you on a tour of beautiful Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, featuring breathtaking lakeside and natural scenery, beautiful homes and exciting attractions. Also available are romantic sunset dinner cruises and a special July 4th Fireworks cruise (with or without a meal).
Prices and schedules are subject to change, call (918) 786-4272 for information. 11350 Hwy. 59N at Sailboat Bridge.
Open May through October. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Call ahead as times and days are subject to change.
Opened in 1968, Har-Ber Village is one of the largest antique museums in the U.S. Built as a gift to the public by Harvey and Bernice Jones, the museum is a reconstructed turn-of-the century village with over 100 buildings, collections and exhibits.
The village sits on beautifully landscaped property on the shores of Grand Lake O ’ the Cherokees. Each year national and international visitors enjoy the endless collections and beauty of the area’s natural environment, including the Ecology Center, Nature Trail, and Sweet Annie Herb Garden, exciting exhibits, Visitor Center, and a new Kids Cabin.
4404 W. 20th St., Grove, 3 miles west of Main St. on 13th St (aka Har-Ber Rd.)
$10.00 14 yrs. – 62 yrs.
$7.50 Seniors 63+
$5.00 Kids (6-13)
Children under 6 years are FREE
Family (2 adults and up to 10 children 13 and under): $30.00
Group Tours (10 or more): $7.50 each
School-Sponsored Tours $25.00 administration fee
Membership opportunities available
Open March 1 through November 15, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
October 15 – November 15, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission Office Gate closes 1 hour before closing time. All gates locked at designated closing time.
Self-guided tours. Cafe on grounds, outdoor Ecology Center and Visitor Center Gallery Room available for weddings, group meetings, reunions, events, etc. Advance reservations and fee are required.
Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum
A nationally recognized tribute to the leading street rod and custom car builders throughout the country, this museum features over 50 world-famous exotic vehicles by Darryl Starbird and other renowned car designers. On display throughout this ultra-modern museum are automotive artwork, thousands of photographs and automotive memorabilia.
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day – closed Tuesday.
$8.00 adults; $5.00 ages 8-12; under 7 free; groups of 10+ receive $1.00 off adult admission.
The Playmakers Live Performances
Comedy, music, drama, readers’ theatre and youth theatre come together in a full season of live theatre throughout the year by The Playmakers, Grove’s award-winning community theatre, and Oklahoma’s Theatre of the Year 2006. Visitors to Grove can enjoy five bright new shows.
For information about Season productions go to gcplaymakers.com. Make reservations online, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call The Playmakers at 918-786-8950.
Spectacular Lendonwood Gardens
Anyone who loves gardens or the great outdoors will be enchanted by the beautiful Lendonwood Gardens in Grove. Grassy pathways meander through six acres filled with more than 1,200 different plants shaded by towering oaks. Each season brings its own special highlights, from dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendrons in spring, to daylilies and hostas in summer, to brilliant foliage of Japanese maples in autumn, and sculptural evergreens in winter. Visitors delight in the Japanese Pavilion overlooking a scenic garden pond filled with colorful koi fish. Many people gravitate to the lovely and serene Angel of Hope garden that surrounds a beautiful angel statue. With its gorgeous backdrop of trees, shrubs and flowers, Lendonwood also has become a popular destination for weddings and special photography.
1308 W. 13th (Har-Ber Rd)
- One mile west of Main St. on Har-Ber Rd.
- (918) 786-2938
- Garden open year-round during daylight hours
- $5-per-person donation suggested to help maintain the garden; children under 12 free
- Guided and self-guided tours available
The first hydroelectric facility in Oklahoma, Pensacola Dam also provides flood control for the Grand River. For 70 years, the dam has generated renewable power for the Grand River Dam Authority to provide electric service in 24 counties, plus businesses both in and outside the State of Oklahoma.
The Pensacola Dam remains today a true wonder, and still one of the longest multiple arch dam in the world, spanning 5,145 feet with 51 arches and 21 spillways. Rising 150 feet above the river bed, the dam holds the waters that form Grand Lake’s 1,300 miles of scenic shoreline, surrounding approximately 60,000 surface acres of water. The Dam is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
- Free tours Memorial Day through Labor Day everyday including holidays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Contact GRDA’s tour office at
918-782-4726 or email@example.com for more information. Pensacola Dam is located at the Junction of Hwys 28 & 82 in Langley.
Bernice State Park Nature Center
The Bernice State Park Nature Center is dedicated to educating the public about the natural habitat and history of northeast Oklahoma and the Grand Lake region. Inside the Nature Center explore hands on exhibits, live animal and mounted wildlife exhibits, view an indoor active beehive, and see the fish that call Grand Lake home in a 750 gallon fish tank. Venture outside of the Nature Center to the animal enclosures or explore the 66-acre wildlife refuge. The Refuge boasts a ½ mile paved nature trail that has rest benches along the way, primitive trails, two observation towers that will give you the bird’s eye view, and several shoreline access points. Guided nature hikes, hands on activities, and presentations are available with a classroom facility also available. These services are free of charge and available to the general public, groups, schools, and organizations.
Open year round Wednesday – Sunday from 9:00 – 4:00. Contact the Park Naturalist for further information about the Bernice State Park Nature Center and Nature Trail at 918-257-8330.
This memorial, along with the walkway containing the names of over 500 veterans who served in the armed forces, was donated by and totally funded by the Grove business community and its citizens. It is located at the Grove Community Center in downtown Grove.