The Grove

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Natural history and human history intersect at The Grove, a national historic landmark that combines a museum and nature preserve. The land (which contains a forest dating back to the time when glaciers moved away from the Midwest) was first settled by the Kennicott family, who built their home there in 1856. The family played a major role in developing horticulture and conducting natural history research in Illinois, and their house has been restored and furnished to reflect the period when it was built. A one-room schoolhouse and a log cabin also stand on the property. The Interpretive Center has live animals found in present-day Illinois, along with fossils and artifacts that document the state's history. Several trails meander through the 123-acre site.