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.


PO Box 75    Nerstrand, MN 55053

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



June 22, 2024:  Story-Kuriakose Wedding

June 23, 2024: 2-4p Open House for anyone who has ever been married at Valley Grove! Coffee, goodies, music, and your memories to share!
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July 7, 2024:  UCC Service

August 7, 2024:  12:15p Noah Klein organ recital

September 6, 2024:  Estrem Wedding

September 15, 2024:  Country Social

September 21,2024: wedding holding date

December 24,2024:  Christmas Eve Service. music starts 9:45 pm  service 10:00 pm

June 21,2025: Moser Kelly wedding

October 4, 2025: hold for wedding

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