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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 and September:
Sat 10 am-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

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Tours

Tours depart from the visitor center and follow a short trail to the restored fur post. Along the way costumed interpreters interact with guests bringing them into the daily activities of the post. Guided tours depart on the hour and half hour and last 40 minutes. Group tours are available by reservation 

Restored Fur Post

Approaching the fur post, a palisade made from large wooden stakes comes into view. The palisade measures 100 feet by 61 feet and has two bastions or defensive lookout towers in the north and south corners. Visitors enter through a large gate.

The fur post is recreated to appear as it did in the winter of 1804. It is a six-room wooden row house, 77-feet long by 18-feet wide. At the far end is the shop where visitors can browse through items such as axes, beads, iron tools, kettles and wool blankets as they imagine what it may have been like trading items with the clerk.

Next door is the warehouse, storage for all the trade goods and furs recieved in trade. It also served as a passage to Mr. Sayer's family quarters, so he did need to go outside when his Ojibwe customers arrived at the shop. The remaining areas contain the living quarters, and include two sleeping rooms with bunk beds and one living area with a table, benches and fireplace used for cooking. Two rooms have storage pits, or caches, hidden in the floor.

Outside guests can interact with costumed interpreters as they prepare meals and demonstrate other traditional skills. Another trail takes guests to an Ojibwe encampment where interpreters demonstrate the seasonal nature of fur trade activities including scraping, stretching and drying furs in preparation for trade.
 
 

Trails

Nearly 1.5 miles of trails wind through the North West Company Fur Post site. Picnic tables are available. Learn more.

Geocache

A geocache is hidden near the site. Come find it, then visit the site.

Amenities

Explore our visitor amenities page for information on accessibility, parking and more.