Historic Forestville

Historic Forestville Located in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

Now opened on Saturdays in May, September & October. Core season -Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day - Thursdays Fridays, Satuday & Sundays Educational & Group Tours by reservation only April - October Historic Forestville is a 1st person living history museum operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. Travel back in time to the year 1899 and chat with costumed guides portraying actual residents. Browse authentic merchandise in the Meighen General Store or feel the warmth and enjoy the aroma of a 19th –century working kitchen.

Wonder WednesdayIn the early years, 1700's making hay was one of the most dreaded farm chores. It had to be hand-cut wit...
06/19/2019

Wonder Wednesday

In the early years, 1700's making hay was one of the most dreaded farm chores. It had to be hand-cut with a sickle or scythe and hand-raked with a wooden rake or fork. On a good day, a farmer could harvest 1 acre of hay.

Mechanical revolution. In 1840, seeding tools improved and the steel-toothed dump rake was invented.

How many acres of hay can one person rake in one day, today?

06/16/2019

With all of that rain yesterday our parking lot has flooded and the water is running on the bridge. Because of this we've decided to close for the day. Stay safe everybody!!

Horseback riders enjoy #HistoricForestville and the many treats we offer!#minnesotasunshine #horsebackriding #prettyhors...
06/08/2019

Horseback riders enjoy #HistoricForestville and the many treats we offer!
#minnesotasunshine #horsebackriding #prettyhorses #naturecalls #icecream Kakookies

Yummy!
06/07/2019

Yummy!

It's National Get Outdoors Day tomorrow! Did you know the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission to all state parks!? 🙌 Also, be sure to grab a Kakookie 🍪 (or two 😉) at the following state parks:
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🥾Tettegouche State Park
🥾Itasca State Park
🥾Split Rock Lighthouse
🥾Forestville Mystery Cave State Park Historic Forestville
🥾Fort Snelling State Park Historic Fort Snelling
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Minnesota State Parks and Trails Explore Minnesota Tourism Only In Minnesota

#NationalGetOutdoorsDay #OptOutside #Minnesota #MinnesotaStateParks #Kakookies #ACookieReImagined #LocalBrand

06/07/2019

Weed patrol!

#minnesotanature #HistoricForestville #gardening #mysterycave

06/05/2019

What tool are these guys using?

Such a great place to observe history and listen to nature! Come learn with us!#historicforestville #minnesotahistory #t...
06/04/2019

Such a great place to observe history and listen to nature! Come learn with us!

#historicforestville #minnesotahistory #teachthemyoung #happyhens #forestville #mysterycave #kayaking #peaceful #goodolddaystoday

Won't it be fun to watch these chicks grow?
05/31/2019

Won't it be fun to watch these chicks grow?

Fishing access, beautiful flora, yard games and old buildings to admire. Join us to enjoy the fresh air in #HistoricFore...
05/30/2019

Fishing access, beautiful flora, yard games and old buildings to admire. Join us to enjoy the fresh air in #HistoricForestville

Forestville will be open for guided tours Thursday - Sunday this week.  For those of you who like to buy your tickets ah...
05/29/2019

Forestville will be open for guided tours Thursday - Sunday this week. For those of you who like to buy your tickets ahead of time you are now able to do that through our website at mnhs.org/forestville. If you still haven't experienced our guided tour it's never been more convenient to try it out.

Come learn more on our special tour to the cemetary that begins today at 2:00. #HistoricForestville
05/25/2019

Come learn more on our special tour to the cemetary that begins today at 2:00.
#HistoricForestville

05/24/2019

Enjoy every day of the week.
This peaceful moment is brought to you by #HistoricForestville

Try this while you're out and about on the trails and see how accurate your hands and nature can be.
05/22/2019

Try this while you're out and about on the trails and see how accurate your hands and nature can be.

The rain is still holding off at Historic Forestville.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play croquet we have it se...
05/18/2019

The rain is still holding off at Historic Forestville. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play croquet we have it setup and ready for you. We’ll be here today rain or shine until 5:00!

One week from tomorrow we’d love it if you’d join us here at Forestville for our tour of Zumbro Hill Cemetery. With the ...
05/17/2019

One week from tomorrow we’d love it if you’d join us here at Forestville for our tour of Zumbro Hill Cemetery. With the beautiful walk, we’ll also have re-enactors portraying some of the town’s earliest residents who will tell you all about what life was like when they were living in Forestville at it’s beginning. For more information and to buy tickets for the day just head over to our event page!

Along with top-notch guides who will tell you all about the history of this place we have flowers all over the park that...
05/13/2019

Along with top-notch guides who will tell you all about the history of this place we have flowers all over the park that are starting to bloom! This is a perfect time to visit Forestville, we hope to see you around town soon.

School tour season is in full swing at Forestville.  Thanks to the Rushford-Peterson 4th grade for visiting this morning...
05/10/2019

School tour season is in full swing at Forestville. Thanks to the Rushford-Peterson 4th grade for visiting this morning. We had a lot of fun! #historicforestville

We’re excited to announce that all Minnesota Historical Society historic sites are now members of  #BlueStarMuseums, a n...
05/09/2019

We’re excited to announce that all Minnesota Historical Society historic sites are now members of #BlueStarMuseums, a national program with National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families!

From Armed Forces Day (May 18) to Labor Day (Sept. 2), active military personnel and their families can get free admission at 2,000+ Blue Star Museums around the country, including Historic Forestville.

Sunny and blue skies at Forestville today! Feel free to stop by, we’ll be here from 10-5 giving guided tours of one of S...
05/04/2019

Sunny and blue skies at Forestville today! Feel free to stop by, we’ll be here from 10-5 giving guided tours of one of Southeastern Minnesota’s best Historic Sites (at least we think so.)

When Thomas Meighen closed his store down in 1910 he left the stock still inside.  There is so much great stuff in the s...
05/02/2019

When Thomas Meighen closed his store down in 1910 he left the stock still inside. There is so much great stuff in the store that sometimes we even find things that leave us a little stumped as far as what they were used for. Can anyone help us out with the thing that our interpreter is holding in his hand? The one clue we have is that it was hanging in the hardware section.

It’s going to be a pretty dreary week for the most part here in Forestville but look at Saturday!  It’ll be a perfect da...
04/29/2019

It’s going to be a pretty dreary week for the most part here in Forestville but look at Saturday! It’ll be a perfect day to enjoy the sunshine, hike around the state park, and come take a tour of Historic Forestville. We’ll be open 10-5 on Saturday with our last tour of the day leaving at 4:00. Hope to see you here!

We have a reconstruction of the Meighen family’s outhouse on the Forestville grounds. If you’ve ever wondered what the d...
04/27/2019

We have a reconstruction of the Meighen family’s outhouse on the Forestville grounds. If you’ve ever wondered what the deal with the shape on the door is, it turns out the answer to that question isn’t so simple: http://bit.ly/2L9k189

These photos detail the results after our friends at the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park performed prescribed burnin...
04/24/2019

These photos detail the results after our friends at the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park performed prescribed burning on the area around our historic site. While looking pretty cool, prescribed prairie burning is one of the most important tools in keeping environments like this healthy. For more information visit the DNR website. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/firewise/prescribed.html

Our first open day at Historic Forestville is coming up starting May 4 at 10 AM.  One of the things we’ve been doing to ...
04/23/2019

Our first open day at Historic Forestville is coming up starting May 4 at 10 AM. One of the things we’ve been doing to get ready for you all this winter is to find new and fun merchandise to offer in our gift shop. So on May 4, after you take one of our new guided tours, we hope you’ll stick around and shop a little after. You’re going to like what you find.

Our sad and snowy view of the yard from one of the upstairs windows of the house. We’re counting down the days until we ...
03/20/2019

Our sad and snowy view of the yard from one of the upstairs windows of the house. We’re counting down the days until we can plant the garden in that spot.

The water came close yesterday but the river around Forestville is being kind to us so far.
03/15/2019

The water came close yesterday but the river around Forestville is being kind to us so far.

02/14/2019
Historic Forestville

Historic Forestville

Forestville is hiring. If you love history, being outside and don't mind talking to people we'd love to have you. There's only a couple of weeks until the deadline so apply today!

02/14/2019
Recruitment

Forestville is hiring. If you love history, being outside and don't mind talking to people we'd love to have you. There's only a couple of weeks until the deadline so apply today!

Historic Forestville's cover photo
09/27/2018

Historic Forestville's cover photo

Forestville in Fall
09/27/2018

Forestville in Fall

Forestville in Fall

Fall is upon us as September slowly slips into October.  Soon the colors will burst out on the hillsides.  It's a beauti...
09/27/2018

Fall is upon us as September slowly slips into October. Soon the colors will burst out on the hillsides. It's a beautiful time of year to visit us at Forestville!

Almost time to head to our brand-new barn dance!  Will you be joining us?  http://bit.ly/2vwcepM
08/29/2018

Almost time to head to our brand-new barn dance! Will you be joining us? http://bit.ly/2vwcepM

All sorts of things are grown in the garden at Forestville!  Anyone recognize this herb?  #historicforestville
07/28/2018

All sorts of things are grown in the garden at Forestville! Anyone recognize this herb? #historicforestville

Every day is a good day for a family outing at Forestville!
07/13/2018

Every day is a good day for a family outing at Forestville!

The competition is fierce!  Join us today for pie-eating contests, and much more, at our old-fashioned 4th of July!
07/04/2018

The competition is fierce! Join us today for pie-eating contests, and much more, at our old-fashioned 4th of July!

We're pleased to announce that the honorable Senator Donnely will be joining us for another stirring oration on the 4th ...
06/27/2018

We're pleased to announce that the honorable Senator Donnely will be joining us for another stirring oration on the 4th of July! Don't miss his memorable comments! http://bit.ly/2svzvYe

We're busy getting ready for the Independence Day celebration!  Will you be joining us? http://bit.ly/2svzvYe
06/20/2018

We're busy getting ready for the Independence Day celebration! Will you be joining us? http://bit.ly/2svzvYe

The rumors are true. . . we have ice cream!
06/15/2018

The rumors are true. . . we have ice cream!

Join us for our classic Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration!  Live music, pie-eating contests, an old-fashioned baseba...
06/13/2018

Join us for our classic Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration! Live music, pie-eating contests, an old-fashioned baseball game, and much more will be included. http://bit.ly/2svzvYe

Come on down to Historic Forestville for family fun this summer!
06/06/2018

Come on down to Historic Forestville for family fun this summer!

Stop by this weekend, and give us a hand in the historic garden!
06/02/2018

Stop by this weekend, and give us a hand in the historic garden!

Enjoy a relaxing visit to Forestville this weekend, and check out all the new things we have to offer!
05/26/2018

Enjoy a relaxing visit to Forestville this weekend, and check out all the new things we have to offer!

Address

21899 County Road 118
Preston, MN
55965

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(507) 765-2785

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