Historic Sites

Plum Grove Historic Site

Visit the Greek Revival home of Robert Lucas, Iowa's first Territorial Governor

Enjoy a guided tour of the home of Iowa's first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas, and Friendly Lucas, his wife. The seven-room Greek Revival house was constructed of local red brick. The National Society of Colonial Dames of America furnished the home with authentic period pieces, representative of the 1844-1853 period. The State Historical Society of Iowa owns and preserves the Plum Grove Historic Site which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


1030 Carroll St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 351-5738 (Johnson County Historical Society)


Memorial Day - Labor Day
Wednesday - Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Labor Day - Mid-October
Saturday - Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Or by group appointment

Archaeological Work

In 1978, archaeological excavations at the Plum Grove Historic Farm site uncovered an extensive bone bed.


For more information or to schedule a group tour, contact the local manager at:

Alexandra Drehman
Johnson County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5081
Coralville, Iowa 52241
Telephone: 319-351-5738

Jerome Thompson
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319
Telephone: 515-281-4221
Email: Jerome.Thompson@iowa.gov

Related Websites

Johnson County Historical Society

University of Iowa

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