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North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063

Hours

Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Mon 10 am-5 pm
Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
May:
Sat 10 am-5 pm
 
September:
Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Group tours available, September through May.

 

Admission

  • $9 adults
  • $7 seniors and college students
  • $6 children 6-17
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Contact

320-629-6356

Signature Events

The North West Company Fur Post presents a variety of seasonal events and programming. Visit our calendar of events for upcoming dates.

Traditions of the Trading Post

Traditions of the Trading Post

Traditions of the Trading Post is a daily demonstration of historic handicrafts that teaches visitors about the skills used in the early 1800s fur trade. Each program includes a hands-on project such as hide scraping, sewing birch bark and making twine.

 

War of 1812 Family Day

War of 1812 Family Day

It’s the War of 1812 and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation and make a militia hat to show your support! If you are interested in participating as a re-enactor please review the information packet.

 

Fall Gathering

Fall Gathering

Celebrate the season amidst the crisp air and bright fall colors as hundreds of re-enactors portraying Ojibwe, voyageurs and fur traders prepare for winter trading along the Snake River. Watch as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Competitions will test strength and cunning. Shop at historic vendors for handcrafted wares and clothing. Hands-on children’s activities include candle dipping, a scavenger hunt and the popular game “bead scramble.” A highlight of the weekend is a festive, country dance with live fiddle music and lessons held outside on the lawn on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating as a fur trade re-enactor please review the information packet.

 

Mystery at the Fur Post

Mystery at the Fur Post

In years past, werewolves, missing persons and a ghostly bride have visited the site. What will it be this year? Will there be a logical explanation? Or will a ghostly presence be to blame? Visitors will need to get up their courage and join in the hunt for clues. They’ll question the suspects and explore the grounds by candlelight. By the time the evening is over, they will have found out for themselves whether the spirits are real or imagined. Mystery at the Fur Post is a program for the whole family.

 

Winter Frolic

Winter Frolic

Play a round of Ojibwe snow snake, learn about winter travel during the fur trade or snowshoe across the site’s 1.5 miles of nature trails. Plus, toss a curling stone and learn about the game’s connection to the North West Company. If the thought of winter activities gives you a brain freeze, then head to the visitor center for a blazing fire and cup of cocoa.

 

Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball

Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball

Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance. Country dancing, a pastime frequently mentioned by Jane Austen, was a favorite evening diversion for the genteel classes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. During a mid-dance break visitors will enjoy a selection of delicious refreshments. Period or semi-formal attire is requested. Advanced ticketing required.