The Guardians of Grover Barn was formed in May 2017 to work with the City of Lawrence, the barn’s current owner, to protect the structure and bring its unique but relatively unknown history to a much wider audience.
The Guardians partnered with the City to successfully apply to the National Park Service for the barn to be designated as a site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Designation on the Network to Freedom provides national recognition of the history and accessibility to grant funds for interpretation and preservation of the site.
The Guardians have recently produced an informational brochure that was funded by a grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. They are currently working to design, produce, and install informational kiosks at the barn. The kiosks are funded by a generous grant from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council.
With the cooperation of the City, the Guardians conduct public tours of the barn and offer presentations on its history.
Current information and interesting posts on the barn and its history can be found on the Guardians of Grover Barn Facebook Page.
The Guardians proudly carry on the legacy of the Underground Railroad Association of Douglas County.
Last update: July 24, 2020