Historic Forestville

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  • $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
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    • May 6, 2017 - October 28, 2017


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  • Inside Forestville/Mystery Cave Park. 21899 Co. 118, between Preston and Spring Valley. State Park vehicle permit required. Parking lot is accessible only from south entrance. GPS: 43.6414,-92.2149

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  • Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: Thursday-Saturday 10 am-5-pm, Sundays 12 pm-5 pm. Open Saturdays 10 am-5 pm in May, September and October.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. By the Light of the Lantern

    21899 County Road 118
    Preston, MN 55965
    Call: (507) 765-2785

    Experience Historic Forestville at dusk when the residents are going about their 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.

  2. Games from Times Past

    21899 County Road 118
    Preston, MN 55965
    Call: (507) 765-2785

    Take a guided tour of the Meighen store, then play games popular in the 1800s, including graces, battledore, shuttlecock, croquet, string games and races. Staff will be available to help with instructions and join in the play.

  3. Pickling, Drying & Sugaring Day

    Pickling, Drying & Sugaring Day

    21899 County Road 118
    Preston, MN 55965
    Call: (507) 765-2785

    Throughout the growing season, there are periods of shortage and abundance of foods, making preservation an essential part of life. Assist the gardeners in picking the freshest and plumpest garden vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage and other heirloom varieties, all traditionally found in Thomas Meighen's garden.

    Then head inside the kitchen as interpreters demonstrate various 19th century food preservation techniques, including ways to preserve meats, vegetables and fruits, and employing sugar, vinegar, salt and alcohol as preservatives. Preserving demonstrations will depend on available produce.

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