The story of the Grove cannot be told without presenting the people who served the Montgomery family. Several of them lived their lives here with tenures that approached 50 years. Jack Platt and Ellen Bethea are names repeated as often as any of the family names. The servant’s house is dedicated to their memory.
Grandmother’s 1940 Homecomfort cooking range sits in the servant’s house on the back of the property. Innkeeper Denley Caughman feeds the wood burning stove every morning and cooks at least part of the breakfast there.
Guests are welcome to watch what it was like to cook on a wood burning stove, and they are even welcome to participate. Afterward, the kitchen provides a cozy place to eat for those who enjoy that environment. The servant’s house also contains the gift shop where guests will find small items that make a tangible memory of the visit to The Grove. The selections include period pieces, Joinery production and Grove memorabilia for sale.
Upstairs, the innkeepers have restored the old servant’s quarters which are open for inspection. The same floor also houses an exhibit introducing the African-Americans who worked on the property and explaining what their lives were like and describing their relationship with the Montgomery family. For the real adventurous guest desiring an authentic experience of a person in service, arrangements can be made to stay in this building.
If you would like to experience cooking on the wood burning range in the servant's house please make us aware of this interest when you make your reservation.