Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site

Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site This site is operated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

SITE AMENITIES: New Interpretive Center (ADA accessible) Permanent Exhibits Reconstructed Bastions and Palisade Original Guard House COST: Museum and Exhibits $7 for adults $3 for children 6-14 $1 for students in supervised school groups $2 per person for groups of 20 or more. HOURS: May 16 - September 15, 9 am - 5 pm, daily.(CDT)

5th Minnesota Infantry Co. D Civil War Re-enactment Unit portray the life of soldiers at Fort Abercrombie in 1862 during...
05/12/2019

5th Minnesota Infantry Co. D Civil War Re-enactment Unit portray the life of soldiers at Fort Abercrombie in 1862 during the battles and siege of the fort. Many of the 5th Minnesota Infantry co. D. Died in many of the major battles of the Civil War. Plan to attend opening day at Fort Abercrombie and meet the 5th Minnesota Infantry Co. D. May 25 2019 9 am- 4 pm.- Cannon and Musket firing planned.

Learn more about the 5th Minnesota Infantry Co. D. Civil War re-enactment unit by clicking the link listed below:
http://5thminnesotacod.wixsite.com/5th-minnesota-co-d/events-ckrp

Plan a tour at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site  May25- Sept. 2 2019.  9 am -5pm. Daily. Tour includes A history of ...
05/06/2019

Plan a tour at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site May25- Sept. 2 2019. 9 am -5pm. Daily. Tour includes A history of Major Marcus Reno, who fought with Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn and survived. Reno was the commander at Fort Abercrombie for a short period. Tour includes history of the fort, US Dakota War, and many other historical events related to Fort Abercrombie 1857-1877.

Learn more about the Battle of the Little Big Horn by clicking the video link listed below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFS5TADOapc

Visitors at Fort Abercrombie will learn about Fort Abercrombie history, US Dakota War, Dakota traditions, customs and hi...
04/28/2019

Visitors at Fort Abercrombie will learn about Fort Abercrombie history, US Dakota War, Dakota traditions, customs and history, Civil War and the Civil War Era Battlefields in North Dakota. Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site opens May 25 - Sept 2. 2019. 9 am - 5 pm daily. Many great history books for sale in the site store.

Learn more about the Sully & Sibley Expeditions 1863 -1864 by clicking the link listed below:
http://history.nd.gov/historicsites/sibleysully/history3.html

According to Fort Abercrombie Sutler David Mcaulley wife’s journal soldiers charged 50 cents for wagons to cross the R...
04/21/2019

According to Fort Abercrombie Sutler David Mcaulley wife’s journal soldiers charged 50 cents for wagons to cross the Red River on the ferry crossing and 10 cents per person. People having no money would have to cross south of the fort in a shallow area.

Learn more about the Abercrombie Trail by clicking the video link listed below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7daioVu_9vw

Fort Abercrombie staff member Carole Butcher will present and facilitate discussion of her dissertation topic at the For...
04/18/2019
Spanish-American War exhibit at Bonanzaville

Fort Abercrombie staff member Carole Butcher will present and facilitate discussion of her dissertation topic at the Fort Abercrombie Sunday History Program Sunday June 9th. 2pm in the Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site Interpretive Center. Sunday History Programs are held every Sunday 2pm. June2 -August 11 2019. The Sunday programs are free to the public.

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Posters and word of mouth communication played an important role in convincing people to join the Army during the Civil ...
04/14/2019

Posters and word of mouth communication played an important role in convincing people to join the Army during the Civil War Era.
View more Civil War Propaganda by clicking the video link listed below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo-HOjRChpc

04/12/2019

The Boy Scout tour and NDSU ROTC Staff Ride scheduled at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site has been cancelled for Saturday April 13. Due to the bad weather conditions . Fort Abercrombie opens May 25 -9am-5pm. 5th Minnesota Infantry Co. D Civil War Drill and Training Day. Cannon and Musket Firing Demonstrations.

John Joseph Abercrombie was the first commander of Fort Abercrombie 1858.  Congress approved and allocated the funds to ...
04/07/2019

John Joseph Abercrombie was the first commander of Fort Abercrombie 1858. Congress approved and allocated the funds to build Fort Abercrombie in 1857.
We often get the question if the John Joseph Abercrombie family is related to the family of Abercrombie & Fitch Clothing Co. After extensive research the staff concluded that John Joseph Abercrombie is not related to the family of the clothing company. The original fort site is located across the Red River on the 15 acre oxbow. Abercrombie decided that the oxbow was a better site than original planned south of the fort at Graham's Point about 6 miles south of Abercrombie on the Red River.
Learn more about John Joseph Abercrombie by clicking on the link below:

http://civilwarintheeast.com/people/john-j-abercrombie/

04/03/2019

This is taken from the far north east corner of the fort grounds looking to the east in the general direction of the original fort site. At that time the river would have traveled around the back side of that area due to an oxbow. There was flooding that first spring and the fort was moved to the higher ground of our current location. Imagine living in a dug out or a small primitive cabin all winter and then when the weather finally warms up, the water moves in!

Taken from the Balcony of the interpretive center, the grounds are still pretty wet
04/03/2019

Taken from the Balcony of the interpretive center, the grounds are still pretty wet

Top pic taken from the balcony of the interpretive center, second pic, same batch of ice but a bit more gloomy sky and t...
04/03/2019

Top pic taken from the balcony of the interpretive center, second pic, same batch of ice but a bit more gloomy sky and taken from the ground

04/03/2019

From the fort grounds looking north into Minnesota, yep it's there under all that water! Hestdalen place across the way which is in North Dakota. The river does twist and turn!

Crooked Lane Farm Summer 2019 Events
04/02/2019

Crooked Lane Farm Summer 2019 Events

We have a great summer planned for 2019. Take a look at what we have going on!

Winter camp for Métis buffalo hunters camp.
03/31/2019

Winter camp for Métis buffalo hunters camp.

Wood Mountain lies to the northeast of the crossing of Frenchman’s Creek, about twenty miles north of the US/Canadian border. Geologically, It is a mass of glacial drift, rising above the surrounding plains, reaching a height of 3,800 feet above sea level.

Wood Mountain was well known as a winter camp for Métis hunters, known as "hivernants". These hearty hunters would stay on the prairies all winter, rather than returning to the Red River settlement each year.

There was a well-worn ox cart-trail from the Red River settlement to Wood Mountain. The trails also led to there from Turtle Mountain (North Dakota).

From Wood mountain it was easy to reach Fort Union and other western trading posts from a trail which lead southeast to Fort Peck and the Milk and Missouri Rivers.

Adapted from: DEPARTMENT OF STATE. REPORTS UPON THE SURVEY OF THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE POSSESSIONS OF GREAT BRITAIN (1877)

Breckenridge Minnesota was the largest town in the area in 1862. Fort Abercrombie history often mentions Breckenridge Mi...
03/31/2019

Breckenridge Minnesota was the largest town in the area in 1862. Fort Abercrombie history often mentions Breckenridge Minnesota. Today the Wilkin Eatery in Breckenridge MN, established in 1897 mentions the Fort Abercrombie history in their menu. Next summer plan to tour Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site. May 25 - Sept. 2 2019 - 8am -5pm Daily. After the tour enjoy a great meal at the Wilkin Eatery.. Breckenridge is located on the historic Highway 75 - "King of the Trails".

Métis History!
03/30/2019

Métis History!

Louis David Riel (22 October 1844 – 16 November 1885) was a Métis leader and the founder of the province of Manitoba. He led two resistances against the colonial government of Canada and its first post-Confederation prime minister, John A. Macdonald.

After his arrest and wrongful conviction for high treason - despite protests and popular appeals due to his American citizenship - Prime Minister Macdonald rejected calls for clemency, and Riel was executed by hanging in November of 1885.

Red River flooding at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site March 30 2019.
03/30/2019

Red River flooding at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site March 30 2019.

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03/30/2019

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Pembina Ojibwe at the Red River.

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03/29/2019
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We are very thankful for a slow melt at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, as the Red River starts to break up and ri...
03/27/2019

We are very thankful for a slow melt at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, as the Red River starts to break up and rise. Photos by L. Krueger March 26 and Fayln M. March 22 2019.

North Country National Scenic Trail starts in Vermont and ends at Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. The trail enters North...
03/24/2019

North Country National Scenic Trail starts in Vermont and ends at Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. The trail enters North Dakota at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site. Each summer Fort Abercrombie has many visitors from many states hiking the trail. The trail follows many of the historic trails in North Dakota.

Supplies were sent to Fort Abercrombie 1857 - 1877 on military wagon trains from Fort Snelling.  Meats and eggs were pac...
03/17/2019

Supplies were sent to Fort Abercrombie 1857 - 1877 on military wagon trains from Fort Snelling. Meats and eggs were packed in salt brine for preservation. Soldiers at the fort ate a well balanced diet, as they supplemented their diets with fresh garden produce and fresh fish and wild game from the Red River.

Learn more about Historic Fort Snelling by clicking the video link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL5BAekFulY

Something we need today. Signs of spring at Fort Abercrombie back in 1869.
03/15/2019

Something we need today. Signs of spring at Fort Abercrombie back in 1869.

03/14/2019
Travel North Dakota

We like to think we bring you a little history and a little fun . . .

Josh Duhamel has a new gig! Working security at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. But it only takes one night to realize he might have gotten a little more than he bargained for. So he hung up his security hat for you to win instead! Tag a friend below to enter! http://ow.ly/Wvsf30o1hT9 #BeNDLegendary

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03/14/2019
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A series of photos of Métis people from across Manitoba, Montana, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and North Dakota showing the diversity of the Métis across the homeland.

The Metis Red River Oxcart Trails passed through the vicinity of Fort Abercrombie prior to existence of Fort Abercrombie...
03/10/2019

The Metis Red River Oxcart Trails passed through the vicinity of Fort Abercrombie prior to existence of Fort Abercrombie. Metis people camped out at the original fort site. The Red River Oxcarts crossed the Red River in many locations on their way to St. Paul MN to sell their furs and haul goods back to the Hudson Bay trading posts on their way back home to the Pembina area each summer. Fort Abercrombie staff member Paul Nelson will present a special history program on the the Metis history, traditions, culture and history on the Red River Oxcart Trails, celebrating the Metis. Sunday June 23 2019 - 2pm at the Fort Abercrombie Sunday History Program. Christy Goulet will share her Metis history and how plants from the medicine wheel at Abercrombie are used to make Metis traditional teas for healing and good health.
Map included in the photos includes the Red River Oxcart trails in green along the river when it was dry and during wet times west of the Red River 50 miles. A majority of the oxcart trains crossed at Fort Abercrombie.

Learn more about the Red River Oxcarts by viewing the video link listed below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH5DaBEoTaM

Photos by L. Krueger and NDSHS "North Dakota Studies" website.

Today is the birthday of Army Scout Sam Brown, an American and Sisseton Dakota man who rode 150 miles through a spring b...
03/08/2019
Sam “Prairie Paul Revere” Brown

Today is the birthday of Army Scout Sam Brown, an American and Sisseton Dakota man who rode 150 miles through a spring blizzard, believing his intelligence would save American and Dakota lives.

Although he suffered life-changing injuries, he later said, "It is nothing to talk about. I did my duty as I saw it. That is all."

What began as a desperate late night ride to warn of an attack ended poorly for a young military man in Dakota Territory. Sam Brown lost the use of his

Learn more about Métis, Cree and Ojibwa storytelling, history and culture by reading the following recommendation of bo...
03/08/2019
Books

Learn more about Métis, Cree and Ojibwa storytelling, history and culture by reading the following recommendation of books.

A collection of books about the Ojibwe, Metis, and Cree people of the forests and prairies, the books include vital historic vignettes, fascinating anecdotes, fantastic legends and tales, and other...

Just imagine trying to live at Fort Abercrombie 1858- 1877 in weather like this!!  No insulation, snow and wind whistlin...
03/03/2019

Just imagine trying to live at Fort Abercrombie 1858- 1877 in weather like this!! No insulation, snow and wind whistling through the cracks of your cabin. Bitterly cold temps!! Sitting almost in the fire trying to stay warm. Wind howling for days and snow piling up.. Photos of Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site and Abercrombie March 3 , 2019 by L. Krueger.

United  States Congress Act on March 2- 3 1857 established Fort Abercrombie as the first military fort in Dakota Territo...
03/02/2019

United States Congress Act on March 2- 3 1857 established Fort Abercrombie as the first military fort in Dakota Territory. Congress acted on March 2nd, probably recorded on March 3rd as various sources use both dates.

Fort Abercrombie has a direct correlation with the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. The battles at Fort Abercrombie involved Dak...
02/24/2019

Fort Abercrombie has a direct correlation with the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. The battles at Fort Abercrombie involved Dakota Santee warriors that joined the cause of the U.S. Dakota War that started in southern Minnesota in August of 1862. Little Crow was the leader of the Dakota during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. Learn more about this conflict by reading the following books that can be purchased in the Fort Abercrombie bookstore May 25 - Labor Day 2019. You can also learn more by checking out the North Dakota Studies website . (Photos by L.&M Krueger and NDSHS " North Dakota Studies")

Learn more about the US Dakota War of 1862 by clicking the video link listed below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWczS56feJw

Traditional Ojibwa winter games that have been played in the region for hundreds of years.
02/23/2019
Winter Snake Game

Traditional Ojibwa winter games that have been played in the region for hundreds of years.

One of the most interesting games played by the Ojibwe was a winter game called Gamaagiwebiinigewin, or Snow Snake The game is played using a long wooden rod on frozen snow and ice. It has been...

Fort Abercrombie and other sites staff will be taking this training soon.
02/22/2019

Fort Abercrombie and other sites staff will be taking this training soon.

This week, staff and volunteers are taking training on inspiring, mission-driven museum education. Soon many of our staff people, including all our historic sites senior staff, will be Certified Interpretive Guides.
#CIG #NationalAssociationforInterpretation

President Abraham Lincoln was in office while Fort Abercrombie was in operation. Smith Stimmel was one of President Linc...
02/18/2019

President Abraham Lincoln was in office while Fort Abercrombie was in operation.
Smith Stimmel was one of President Lincoln's bodyguards. Smith was a Civil War Veteran that came to Fargo and managed a Bonanza Farm near Wheatland ND. Smith studied law and became a lawyer in Fargo. Smith and his family are buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Fargo. Smith was also on the North Dakota Statehood Board. Photos by NDSU, Steve Stark, L.Krueger.

Fun facts about Bison from Eagle Valley Bison Ranch located ten miles north of Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site near...
02/07/2019
Why You Should Buy Bison Instead of Beef

Fun facts about Bison from Eagle Valley Bison Ranch located ten miles north of Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site near Christine ND.

Bison is making a comeback due to more people searching for lean, organic, and sustainable beef alternatives. Here's what you should know about America's original red meat.

02/06/2019
State Historical Society of North Dakota

The ND Native American Hall of Honor is now calling for nominations.

The nomination process is now open for the 2019 North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor, an annual program and exhibit recognizing Native Americans who have gone above and beyond in representing their tribe and culture. The program is a partnership of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the State Historical Society Foundation.

The program recognizes traditional and contemporary achievements in four categories: Arts and Culture, Athletics, Leadership, and Military/Veterans. Nominees can be living or in memoriam.

The deadline for nominations is March 1 at 5 p.m. The induction ceremony will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum on Sept. 5 as part of the Tribal Summit and United Tribes’ International Powwow.

The journals and other documentation in the Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site research library mentions the existence...
02/03/2019

The journals and other documentation in the Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site research library mentions the existence of bison in the area with greatest populations in the northeast area of present day North Dakota. One of the handouts at the historic site lists how the Native Americans used every part of the bison. Bison statues are for sale in the gift shop at Fort Abercrombie State Historic SIte each summer. Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day each summer. (Photo by L.Krueger and handout by State Historical Society of ND, ND Studies Website)

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Abercrombie, ND
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Known historically as "the Gateway to the Dakotas," Fort Abercrombie was the first permanent United States military fort established in what was to become North Dakota. It was also the only post in the area to be besieged by Dakota (Sioux) warriors for more than six weeks during the Dakota conflict of 1862. During the Dakota Conflict, Minnesota Volunteer soldiers manned the fort when area settlers sought shelter there. The "regular" U.S. Army soldiers had been withdrawn during the Civil War and had been replaced by the Minnesota Voluteer Infantry. The fort was not protected by blockhouses or a palisade during the seige, but these defensive structures were constructed soon afterward. The fort guarded the oxcart trails of the later fur trade era, military supply wagon trains, stagecoach routes, and steamboat traffic on the Red River. It also was a supply base for two major gold-seeking expeditions across Dakota into Montana. Fort Abercrombie served as a hub for several major transportation routes through the northern plains. After the fort was abandoned in 1877, fort buildings were sold and removed from the site. A Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in 1939-1940 reconstructed three blockhouses and the stockade and returned the original military guardhouse to the site. Beginning in the summer of 2001, a project to refurbish major portions of the WPA project and to reinterpret the site was initiated.

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