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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

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Signature Events

Historic Forestville presents a variety of seasonal events and programming. Visit our calendar of events for upcoming dates.

They Built This Town

They Built This Town

Explore the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters present a look back at the lives of some of the people who built the town of Forestville more than 150 years ago.

 

Bread Making Day

Bread Making Day

Step back in time with costumed guides who will demonstrate the weekly task of bread making in the late 1800s. Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread from the wood burning oven. Traditional techniques of bread making will be shown with opportunities for hands-on participation.

 

Butter Making Day

Butter Making Day

For years, butter was made by hand inside the home. Step back to the 19th century to see how farmers churned fresh cream in a wooden vessle to form butter. Traditional techniques will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation.

 

19th Century Homestead Day Camp

19th Century Homestead Day Camp

Go on a journey of exploration and discovery back to the Forestville of 1899 in this one day camp. Participate in a range of creative, hands-on activities inspired by the Meighen home, general store and farming operations; its collections and research. This camp focuses on history and 19th century daily life. For children 8–12 years. A minimum of 8 campers is required.

 

1899 Independence Day Celebration

1899 Independence Day Celebration

Experience Independence Day as it was celebrated in Historic Forestville in 1899. Take part in a grand ceremony, listen to local Glee Club and political speeches including a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. and watch an old-time 1860s baseball game. Guests can also enjoy pie and watermelon eating contests and sack and three-legged races for the kids.

 

By The Light of The Lantern

By The Light of The Lantern

Experience Historic Forestville at dusk when the residents are in evening business and repose. Visitors can explore the site as farm laborers interact and unwind in the barn, ladies of the house discuss such important topics as voting rights, medicines are compounded in the general store, and Thomas Meighen finishes points of business in his office at the end of the day. Live music will be played throughout the evening.

 

Apple Cider Pressing

Apple Cider Pressing

Minnesota is known for fruit crops and farmers often had orchards with peach, pear, plum and cherry trees but most fruit trees were apples. Help the farm hands at Historic Forestville to fill the hopper of a small hand-operated cider press. Samples of cider and fresh baked apple pies complete the experience.

 

Apple Butter Day

Apple Butter Day

Experience the fall activity of making apple butter the old-fashioned way. This day-long autumn event begins with boiling cider and apples in a 20 gallon copper pot and ends with sweet tasty homemade apple butter.