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.
September 18th  Country Social
The Valley Grove Lutheran churches rang with music when they were built in the 19th century. They’ll ring with Scandinavian melodies once again during the Country Social on September 18. At 2pm in the newer church, you can hear a recital of Nordic classics. Organist Melanie Ohnstad (a Norwegian by heritage), violinist Kristina Lantz (Swedish) and vocalist Erika Lantz will perform music by great composers from the region—Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish—as well as traditional folk music that moves the soul.


PO Box 75    Nerstrand, MN 55053

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


September 17, 2022:  Ringing of the bell 13 times at  4 pm for Constitution Day

September 18, 2022   Country Social   1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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



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