Minnesota Historical Society M-Flame Logo
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118
Preston, MN 55965

Directions

Inside Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. View current detour.

Hours

Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Thur-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 

Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm

May, September and October:
Sat 10 am-5 pm
 

Special events are held year round. Call for group tours.

Admission

  • $7 adults
  • $6 seniors and college students
  • $5 children ages 6-17
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
 
State Park vehicle permit required.
 

Contact

507-765-2785

2014 Oct 20

53°
Clear | Wind From the North at 4 MPH
updated: 7:29 wunderground.com
 

History

Forestville developed as a pioneer town in the mid-1850s and at its peak boasted a grist mill, school, brickyard, two hotels, two saw mills, a cabinet shop, a blacksmith shop, general store and post office. However, when the Southern Minnesota Railroad bypassed Forestville in 1868, many townspeople and businesses moved to more prosperous communities. By the 1890s, Thomas Meighen's general store was one of the few remaining businesses in town, and by 1899, he employed everyone, paid workers in store credit and rented them houses that he owned. 

Visitors to Historic Forestville today look through the eyes of the Meighen family and their workers to learn about a town experiencing economic and population decline.