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: Friday - 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. Anniversary Event

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

    Fort Ridgley is hosting Independent Historian John Labatt for his program on the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 at 1:00 p.m. and John's Battlefield Tour at 2:30 p.m. The New Ulm Battery will join John for his Battlefield Tour and fire off their Canon. We will also have Dan Cochran here to demonstrate leather making. Please join us for this anniversary program to remember what happened around this time in 1862.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Causes U.S. Dakota War and Battlefield Tour

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

    Independent Historian John Labatt will be here to talk about the Causes of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. This program will be at 1:00 p.m. followed by his Battlefield Tour at 2:30 p.m.

  5. Children's Games and Craft Day

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

    We invite families to join us to play games on the Parade grounds as well as create crafts inside the Commissary building. We will have games such as field ball, stilts, and graces for the children to play. We will also show you how to make a hanky doll or your own catapult.

    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. 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.

  7. Company B Drill Weekend

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

    Fort Ridgley will be hosting a Company B Drill Weekend. Civil War reenactors will be here running drills on the parade grounds, The New Ulm Battery will join them on Saturday. Dan Cochran will also be here demonstrating the lost art of leather crafting. This program will be an all weekend event.

    Bring the family and reserve a camp spot for the weekend in the State Park so you don’t miss a thing. Get a feeling for what a soldier’s life was like in 1862.

    Dan Cochran will be here to demonstrate handmade leather work. This is a dying art and a must see. He makes everything from saddles to wallets and will have some of his handiwork for sale.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Dean Urdahl

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

    State Representative Dean Urdahl will be here to talk about his latest historical fiction books which take place in Minnesota during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

  10. 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.

  11. Natural Prairie Grasses

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

    Naturalist Scott kudelka will be here to educate us on the Natural Prairie Grasses.

  12. Shaping the North Star State

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

    Author William Lass will be here to talk about his latest book "Shaping the North Star State". This is the first comprehensive history of the origin, surveying, marking and maintenance of all of Minnesota's boundaries.

  13. Tastes and Sounds of the Civil War

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

    Historian Vickie Wendel will be here to talk to us about the "Tastes and Sounds of the Civil War". You will learn what the soldiers were hearing and eating while they marched and fought in this great war. Come and be apart of this wonderful program and give hardtack a try. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m.

    A State Park Vehicle permit is required for all.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.

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