The Grove was originally the home of Mr. W. J. Montgomery, his wife Annie Stackhouse, and their family. Mr. Montgomery served in the South Carolina House and Senate; he was even a delegate to the 1895 SC Constitutional Convention. A founder of the SC Bankers Association, he served as its president in 1905.
This outstanding family made multiple contributions to life in Marion and to the state of South Carolina. For instance, daughter Mabel was a photographer, author, and educational advocate; son John Kenley was a pioneer aviator.
In 1955, Mable wrote “Limbs on Our Family Tree” that tells the Montgomery story and gives a detailed view of family life and the people who served them at The Grove. It is a story similar to “Upstairs Downstairs” and “Downton Abby”.
Descendants occupied the house until 1992. The Montgomery family has maintained an interest in The Grove and has been involved in keeping the estate close to its roots. As a result, there is a vast collection here of furniture, personal effects, and memorabilia belonging to them. You can get to know the Montgomery family at The Grove.