Fort Ridgely State Historic Site

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  • Adults – $5, Seniors (65+) & Students W/ ID – $3, Children 6-17 - $3, Children under 6, MNHS and NCHS members- free *Please call ahead for sign language interpreters, field trip or other group reservations.

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  • In Fort Ridgely State Park, off Minn Hwy 4, seven miles S of Fairfax. Ten miles north of Sleepy Eye.

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  • September, first three weekends in October: Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm, Monday holidays 10 am - 5 pm. Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: Thursday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Monday holidays 10 am - 5 pm.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Native American Heritage

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Events

  1. Aspects of the U.S. Dakota War

    Fort Ridgely State Park
    Fairfax, MN 55332
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Author and Historian Curtis Dahlin will be here to talk about various aspects of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. He grew up on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation and has spent much of his time researching and writing on the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 since retiring from his career with Department of Transportation in 2002.

  2. Causes of the US - Dakota War and Battlefield Tour

    Fort Ridgely State Park
    Fairfax, MN 55332
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Causes of the U.S. Dakota War and Battlefield Tour
    Fort Ridgley

    The causes of the U.S. Dakota War in 1862 were many and complicated. Independent Historian John LaBatte will examine these. At least nine of John’s Dakota and white ancestors were involved in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

    Historic Fort Ridgley is recognized by the National Park Service as a National Battlefield and is listed twice on the National Registry of Historic Places.

    Join John Labatte for the 1 p.m. program and again for the 2:30 p.m. battlefield tour.

    Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students with I.D., and children ages 6-17. MNHS and NCHS Members are free. A State Park vehicle sticker is required for all.

    Fort Ridgley State Historic Site is open May 23rd – October 18th, Friday through Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

    Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, seven miles south of Fairfax and eleven miles north of Sleepy Eye on MN Highway 4.

  3. Children's Games and Craft Day

    Fort Ridgely State Park
    Fairfax, MN 55332
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Fort Ridgley will be hosting a Children's Games and Craft Day. We will have town ball on the parade grounds, graces, and the kids can try walking with stilts. We will also be making catapults and dolls. Please join us for some old fashioned fun.

    Join us at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for this fun and exciting event.

    Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students with I.D., and children ages 6-17. MNHS and NCHS Members are free.

    Fort Ridgley State Historic Site is open May 23rd – October 18th, Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.

    Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, seven miles south of Fairfax and eleven miles north of Sleepy Eye on Minnesota Highway 4.

  4. Dakota 38

    Fort Ridgely State Park
    Fairfax, MN 55332
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Fort Ridgley will be hosting a viewing of the documentary "Dakota 38". Jim Miller and a group of riders retrace the 330 mile route from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the largest execution in our Nation's history. This is a story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way and the dark history they are healing from.

  5. Fort Ridgely and the U.S.- Dakota War / Curtis Dahlin at Fort Ridgely

    Fort Ridgely State Park
    Fairfax, MN 55332
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Fort Ridgely and the U.S. – Dakota War / Curtis Dahlin
    Fort Ridgley

    Independent Historian Curtis Dahlin grew up on a farm near Sisseton, South Dakota, on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation. He graduated from South Dakota State in 1964 with a degree in history, spent two years in the army, and worked for the Department of Transportation as a traffic analyst for 35 years. Since retiring in 2002 he has spent time researching and writing on U.S. Dakota Uprising of 1862 in Minnesota. He has published two books and three shorter booklets on the U.S. Dakota war. His talk will deal with various aspects of the Uprising.

    Join us at for this fascinating program presented by Independent Historian Curtis Dahlin.
    Fort Ridgley State Historic Site is open May 23rd – October 18th, Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.

    Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, seven miles south of Fairfax and eleven miles north of Sleepy Eye on Minnesota Highway 4.

  6. Minnesota River: Scott Kudelka

    Fort Ridgely State Park
    Fairfax, MN 55332
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Naturalist Scott Kudelka will be here to educate us on the Minnesota River. Rivers are considered arteries of the landscape providing all different types of benefits including a home and habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, recreational activities, as well as a water source for some communities.

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