Har-Ber Village is one of Oklahoma’s charming and treasured attractions. Nestled along the shores of Grand Lake O the Cherokees near Grove Oklahoma, this little village is full of tradition and historic charm. Steeped in history, Har-ber Village is well-known for their preservation of old buildings and relics of days gone by.
In 1968, Harvey and Bernice Jones started this village when Harvey built Bernice a church on the banks of the lake from bricks handmade before the civil war. After the church was built, and the statue of Christ in place, Bernice thought a cabin for the preacher and his family would be nice. Harvey found one, dating back to the 1840’s, and brought it to the Village to be recreated log by log. That began a lifetime of searching and relocating historic buildings and relics of America’s past to this relaxing lakeside village. If you have not figured it out already… The village got its name by using the first 3 letters of Harvey and Bernice’s names.
It has been many years since I have visited this quaint little village, but when some family came in for a reunion recently, I decided it was time to revisit Har-Ber Village. Oh My! How it has grown! With more than 100 buildings and exhibits, you will see thousands of items from America’s past. Katie Johnson, Marketing, told me “Our Executive Director, Amelia Chamberlain, has made several improvement to enhance visitor flow and interaction.” Amelia Chamberlain, Curator Linda Harris, and the many others involved in the upkeep and care of Har-Ber Village make sure your visit is a pleasing trip back to the past.
You can have a seat in the saloon and play a game of checkers like our relatives did…
New hands-on exhibits, frequent craft demonstrations, and monthly programs and events are featured as well as an Ecology Center and scenic Nature Trail. Hands-on exhibits were introduced last season in the Kids’ Cabin, School, Jail and Stagecoach Inn. This year, visitors can also see blacksmith demonstrations during special times.
Two new shops open this year. Jeannie Wheatley opened The Weaver’s Shop at Har-Ber Village in March and features weaving supplies, looms, yarns and handmade items. Whether you are a beginner or noviced weaver, Mary, Janine and Jeannie offer classes to head you on the way to experiencing this fun craft. The Quilter at Har-Ber Village, which will sell handmade quilts and quilting supplies, will open in the fall.
You might also want to stop and have a little lunch at the Linda’s Back Porch Cafe located at the entrance to Har-Ber Village Museum. I had the Hawaiian Burger W/Sweet Potato Fries when we went. Let me say Yummmmmm! Don’t pass up this “old-time cafe” when you visit Har-Ber Village.
I could just keep writing and writing about all the fantastic sights and events here, but you need to see this for yourself. So if you are in the area, head on down to Har-Ber Village. Enjoy a place from another era.
Har-ber Village® Museum, Inc
4404 West 20th St , Grove
OK , US , 74344