The Valley Grove Preservation Society seeks to maintain two historic churches listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both in the Valley Grove Cemetery grounds, as well as taking responsibility for managing the surrounding 50-acre oak savanna restoration.


To restore, refurbish, and maintain both the 1862 stone church and the 1894 wood church by means of skilled labor and artisans guided by high standards of care.

To understand, respect, and communicate the historic legacies associated with Valley Grove and handed down from early Norwegian settlers.

To manage the surrounding 50 acres of land using the best understanding of how to create a landscape that approximates that experienced by the early Norwegian settlers.

To make the Valley Grove site, and surrounding oak savanna available for both public and private uses compatible with the mission.

To raise and steward funds to further the mission of the Society.

May 2021 – Norwegian Tapestries for the Stone Church
Valley Grove Preservation Society received a $9,500 grant from Partners for Sacred Spaces to commission Minneapolis weaver Robbie LaFleur to design and weave four tapestries woven in the traditional Norwegian billedvev style. The tapestries will illustrate the history of the church, its congregation, and the flora and fauna surrounding Valley Grove. LaFleur will offer demonstration lectures at Valley Grove occasionally during the grant cycle, which ends in May 2022. Look for her at the annual September social on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Meanwhile, watch her creative process on her blog under the heading “Valley Grove Tapestries.”


The Valley Grove GPS address is 9999 155th Street E, Nerstrand, MN 55053 Get Directions


December 24, 2021:  Christmas Eve Service  CANCELED Due to Covid 19 Delta No Service this year.  See you 2022!

January 2, 2022: Bonfire & Donut Hole Roast! Outdoors from 2-4pm. BYO beverages, chairs, blankets, and snowshoes, if needed.

July 16, 2022:  Memorial Service for Hazel Severson

July 23, 2022:  Wedding of Davin & Krista

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