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Address: Owatonna, MN
Description: This setting features twelve historic buildings, including log cabins, a...
This setting features twelve historic buildings, including log cabins, a railroad depot and a blacksmith shop.
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This is a very cool place, especially during the Steele County Free Fair (the largest - by far - in Minnesota). Several older, restored buildings in the setting of a small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2014
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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a very cool place, especially during the Steele County Free Fair (the largest - by far - in Minnesota). Several older, restored buildings in the setting of a small village. Five starts for sure.

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Owatonna MN
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We are a great meal and toured the exhibits before the burning of the mortgage. Great company, good facility, wonderful event.

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Have visited this place since I was a kid, but never taken the official tour until recently. It was amazing. Our tour guide was a wealth of information. My partner and I LOVE history and it was a really nice way to spend the afternoon. It's not an expensive tour, if you have an hour or two to spend in... More 

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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189 reviews 189 reviews
120 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We visited the Village and we lucky enough to be the only ones there for the tour. Our guide was a well-informed older woman (sorry I can't remember her name) who spent as much or as little time as we wanted to view things. All buildings have been moved to this site and are well-preserved. There are 2 log cabins,... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We absolutely loved it!!! We spent a couple hours there while visiting owatonna from Illinois, we took our 5 year old daughter and almost 2 yr old son, and we all loved it, the kids were very interested and not bored at all, it was very cool to see how things used to be an learn some history too! I... More 

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minnesota
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83 reviews 83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

There is something always happening at the Village of Yesteryear. In August, the Steele County Free Fair is underway and that is a fun time to visit. They have an authentic Rendevous of Trappers and Voyageurs in the fall. They also decorate for the holidays and have the High School Carolers perform. Check with the Chamber of Commerce or Village... More 

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New York City, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I thought this would be a neat way to spend an afternoon. Wrong. Unless the County Fair is going on, you need to make a reservation, which we did. What a disappointment! We spend $5.00 each just to see recreated "authentic" buildings in the Village of Yesteryear. Want a nice way to spend some time in Owatonna, this isn't it.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Our daughters had here wedding here. It was very nice reminded me of Little House on the Prairie.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

A great way to escape the real world. I always save an afternoon each summer to re connect with it.

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