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.

History of Valley Grove Preservation Society Booklet
VGPS commissioned Jeffrey Sauve to write a short history of our Society – 1973 to present. It is available at the Rice County Historical Society, Northfield Historical Society, and at VGPS events. We would be happy to mail you a copy at $15.00 per copy.
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December 24  Christmas Eve Service

Valley Grove Preservation Society will be continuing our Christmas Eve candlelight service after two years being postponed due to covid. This years service will be led by Rev. John Gorder. Music will begin at 9:45 pm with Theo Wee on organ, Andrea Een violin and Kay Sahlin flute. Due to covid and the flu still present we encourage the use of masks.

In an abundance of caution we will have NO shared refreshments this year at the Christmas Eve service.


PO Box 75    Nerstrand, MN 55053

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



December 24,2022:  Christmas Eve Service   music begins at 9:45  service  starts 10:00 pm

September 17, 2023: Country Social

October 7, 2023:  Wedding of Emma Roethler & Andrew Rogers


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