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PRESS RELEASE: The Grove Museum Hosts Annual Winter Open House


Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd invites the public to attend The Grove Museum’s annual Winter Open House on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year’s event features a variety of free educational activities for visitors of all ages and free hot cider and treats in the museum. A coffee cart will also be on-site with a variety of beverages for purchase.

“Community partners are important to the function of The Grove Museum,” said Secretary of State Cord Byrd. “This annual event showcases the great work of our partner organizations in a fun, festive, and family-friendly atmosphere with activities inside the museum and throughout the site’s beautiful grounds.”

Highlights from this year’s Winter Open House at The Grove Museum include:

  • The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend will be on-site to offer their “Stroll and Read” program designed for families with children ages 8 and under. The program theme is “Peppa Pig’s Winter Wonderland.” Children who visit all the stations on the museum grounds and complete an educational activity can select their own free book to take home.
  • The Frother’s Daughter coffee cart will be on-site with delicious drinks available for purchase.
  • Florida’s History Shop will have a special pop-up shop with Florida-themed items and holiday ornaments for sale.
  • All-day offerings and activities include hot spiced cider and treats, outdoor toys and lawn games, gallery guides stationed throughout the Call-Collins House to answer questions, and information and hands-on activities provided by partner organizations, including Museum of Florida History, State Archives of Florida, and others.




About The Grove Museum

The mission of The Grove Museum is to preserve and interpret the Call-Collins House, its surrounding acreage, and its historical collections, in order to engage the public in dialogue about civil rights and American history. Built by enslaved craftspeople, the ca. 1840 Call-Collins House at The Grove is one of the best-preserved antebellum residences in Florida. Home to several generations of the Call and Collins families, most recently LeRoy and Mary Call Collins, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The house and 10.5-acre grounds underwent an award-winning rehabilitation under the leadership of the Florida Department of State and opened to the public in 2017 as The Grove Museum. For more information, including upcoming programs and hours of operation, visit: