Heritage Walk: Architecture and Landscape Design of the Former Krippendorf and Groesbeck Estates

This event is no longer on sale.

Sunday May 22

2:00 PM  –  4:30 PM

Preregistration required for this program designed for adults.

Our Rowe Woods property boasts two estates that are on the National Registry of Historic places. Join us for a 2.5-hour docent-led walking tour of both the interior and exterior of the homes built in the early 20th century by Carl Krippendorf and Grace Groesbeck. By exploring architectural style, horticulture and landscape design, we’ll see the ties between the two families, how they both sought to blend the natural world with the designed human world with influence from the British designer Gertrude Jekyll, and how their efforts set the stage for the property that would become Cincinnati Nature Center.  

Knowledgeable docents will be available in and around both Krippendorf Lodge and Groesbeck Estate to share stories of the history of this unique place and answer your questions. This experience includes a revealing 20-minute guided walk between the two historic homes. Participants may opt to drive between the two homes. A full Heritage Walk will take about two and a half hours. Registrants will be notified of starting location (Krippendorf Lodge or Groesbeck Estate) in advance of the program.

• Experience a special viewing of the family homes at both estates, normally not open to the public.
• Deepen your understanding of the land by learning about what happened in the past.
• Hear stories of the Krippendorfs and Groesbecks within the context of the history of the Cincinnati area.
• Enjoy light refreshments while viewing artifacts from our colorful history. 
• Discover the history in objects that you might have walked by 100 times while hiking the trails.

Registrants will be notified of starting location (Krippendorf Lodge or Groesbeck Estate) in advance of the program. 

Members $20; nonmembers $30 (includes daily admission).

By registering below, you agree to the following:

Pet Policy for Programs/Events: For the comfort and safety of all guests, no pets are allowed at programs or events. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. Therapy animals, whose function is to provide comfort or emotional support, do not qualify as service animals. For more information about pets on our grounds, please see our pet policies on our website.

Cancellation Policy: Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event. All programs continue, rain or shine. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.

Covid-19 Policies: Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs using consideration of recommendations made by the CDC and local health agencies. Current Covid-19 protocols can be found online on our website. Cincinnati Nature Center may update the status or format of programs and events based on Covid-19 conditions at the time of the program.

Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your order number or print off/save an electronic copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt. You will need your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program.