Groveland has a rich history going back to its beginning in 1902. This twelve acre parcel of land on the shores of Lake Minnetonka's Wayzata Bay was originally owned by Samuel Bartow, a farmer who was deeded the property from the U.S. Government in 1857. In 1902, articles of incorporation record this land deeded to the Methodist Lakeside Assembly (MLA) with a real estate valuation of $15,000. From 1902-1941, MLA offered 70 lots for cottages and tents and a main auditorium / assembly hall. There was drinking water available only from a lakefront hand pump and lake water was piped into each each cottage for household needs. Refrigeration was possible with the delivery of ice blocks for the iceboxes in each cottage. Local farmers sold fruit and vegetables providing residents with fresh produce. Members of the Methodist Church could rent cottages or tent lots for short periods or for the entire summer. A caretaker helped maintain the neighborhood, made repairs and volunteers assisted. In those days, there was no swimming on Sundays, no alcohol allowed on the premises and campers were requested to attend Sunday Church services. Only a few of the cottages were heated with wood-burning stoves which served as protection from the cold but, as the community was to learn on three separate occasions, these heating sources proved tragic. On October 15, 1919, a fire started in one of the lakefront cottages and spread along the north end of the neighborhood destroying 21 homes and the auditorium. Muddy roads made it impossible for firefighters to arrive in time from the Wayzata Fire Department. Many of the cottages and the auditorium were rebuilt in 1920. In 1941 options to lease the land for home ownership began. At the time, leases were offered those of the Methodist Church only. At its maximum occupancy, there were a total of 68 homes in the neighborhood. Currently, Groveland Homeowners Association (GHA) is home to 42 residences. In 1953, leases were made available to families outside the Methodist Church denomination, and in 1982, lease purchases were no longer restricted to church members only. In 1984, residents were allowed to make an outright purchase of their home’s parcel of land. To this day, the majority of Groveland residents are active in their respective churches and attend summer church on Sundays at the lakefront auditorium. As in its beginning, Groveland is supported by a high level of volunteerism. A variety of talents among the residents manifests itself in a community newsletter, neighborhood clean-up days, painting, repairing, swimming beach and boat dock upkeep, street light maintenance, flag raising, church services and neighborhood socials, to name only a few. What began as a summer retreat has transformed into a fellowship of neighbors who together cherish the open green spaces, the beautiful lake and one another.
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"Our lakeside neighborhood on the the shores of Wayzata Bay since 1902"
Groveland Homeowners Association, 17700 Front Street, Woodland, MN 55391