Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118
Preston, MN 55965

Directions

Inside Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. View directions.

Hours

Closed for the season until May 26, 2018.
 
Weekday group tours and school field trips available by reservation from April 23-June 15 and Sept. 4-Oct. 26, 2018. Call 507-765-2785.
 
May 26 - Sept 3, 2018:
Thur 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-5 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
 
Open Memorial Day and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Open July 4, noon-4 pm
 
Sept and Oct 2018:
Sat only 10 am-5 pm
 

Admission

  • $8 adults
  • $6 seniors and college students
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members.
 
State Park vehicle permit required.
 

Contact

507-765-2785

2018 Jan 17

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The Meighens and Forestville

Part Four: The End of Forestville and a New Beginning

 - Part One: The Meighen Family -  - Part Two: The Boom is Over -

  - Part Three: The Company Town -  - Part Four: The End of Forestville and a New Beginning -

By 1902 Thomas Meighen was involved full time in politics within the People's Party and was also the president of the First National Bank in Preston. These two jobs kept him away from his old home in Forestville so much that, by 1905, he and his wife Mary Broderick, two sons and one daughter, had moved to a new home in Preston. When he closed the doors of the store for the last time in 1910, Forestville as a town ceased to exist. The only other business in town had closed two years earlier, and Forestville quietly slipped into history. When Meighen died in 1936 at the home of his daughter in Pittsburgh, it appeared his last wish would be left unfulfilled. However, through the unfaultering efforts of several local farmers and Forestville natives, Thomas Meighen finally got his wish of having his boyhood home become a state park in 1963. Today, Historic Forestville is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and portrays a town set in the year 1899, at the peak of Meighen's political career and his family's farming operation.55

 - Part One: The Meighen Family -  - Part Two: The Boom is Over -

  - Part Three: The Company Town -  - Part Four: The End of Forestville and a New Beginning -