In 1985, the State of Florida purchased The Grove from the Collins family for $2,285,000. Under the terms of the agreement, Gov. and Mrs. Collins lived the remainder of their lives at The Grove.
Mrs. Collins died in 2009, preceded by Gov. Collins in 1991.
In 2009, the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, began rehabilitating The Grove for eventual use as a public museum and event venue.
Rehabilitation efforts at The Grove continue the legacy of preservation established by Mrs. Collins, who, for more than a half-century, dedicated her life to preserving the mansion and its grounds. Work by the State on the project follows standards for historic preservation set by the Secretary of the Interior, with the ultimate goal of achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.
Once completed, The Grove will become one of only a handful of historic properties in the United States to achieve LEED Gold certification.
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The Call-Collins House at The Grove, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is a well-preserved example of Greek Revival architecture. The house reflects a Georgian-inspired floor plan, characterized by balanced proportion.
Despite minor alterations, the architectural design of The Grove has retained the character envisioned by Richard Keith Call.
The only substantial additions to the home during the Collins era were the Florida Room and an adjacent modern kitchen on the north facade of the home.
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Archaeological work has unearthed many artifacts on the property including toys, glass bottles, dishes, and other household items.
Archaeologists found a set of dog tags belonging to Second Lieutenant Joseph G. Azat of Pennsylvania in the cistern.
Research by Dr. Robert Krause confirmed that Azat trained at Eglin Air Force Base west of Tallahassee (ca. 1943) and may have visited The Grove during leave time. He was likely drawn to the Capital City by the presence of the Florida State College for Women.
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