Explore the Grove
When wealthy Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb visited the Isle of Man in the late 1830s, he fell in love with a small cottage for sale on the outskirts of Ramsey.
He bought the Poplar Grove as a summer retreat, but in time it would become the family’s permanent residence. Gibb extended the original house substantially and the family was soon immersed in Victorian Island life. Renamed the Grove, the estate became both a family home and a thriving working farm.
The family’s wealth dwindled in Gibb’s final years, but his grandchildren, Alice and Janet, inherited the Grove and remained there until their deaths in the 1970s, when the estate was purchased by Manx National Heritage and opened as the Grove Rural Life Museum.
Today it offers a fascinating insight into life in the Victorian era; a step back in time to meet the family who fell in love with this fine country home and farm, now a legacy for the Manx nation.