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Address: 15788 Kelly Farm Rd NW, Elk River, MN 55330-6234
Phone Number: 17634416896
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Step onto a working 1860s farm, home to Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the...

Step onto a working 1860s farm, home to Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. Activities follow the farming cycle and change with the season, making each visit unique. Visitors can meet the animals in the barn, help work in the fields and gardens, and see what's cooking in the farmhouse. The Oliver Kelley Farm is a National Historic Landmark and is open May through October.

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Very interesting to see how different life was! Great for kids!

My 2 year old daughter and I went on a Friday afternoon which was nice as there weren't many people there at that time. It was great to see the oxen pulling in a load full of oats... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Albertville, Minnesota
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Albertville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 2 year old daughter and I went on a Friday afternoon which was nice as there weren't many people there at that time. It was great to see the oxen pulling in a load full of oats from the field when we first arrived. I would suggest having children be a little older as she couldn't help with many... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

We used to live close to here and often visited to experience MN history firsthand. It's best to go on a day with a special event: harvesting, bailing hay, wedding were some of the choices back when we visited. People are dressed in period clothing and present information in an easy to understand way. I remember hearing one staff member... More 

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Wife and I took two of our granddaughters, ages 3 1/2 and 5 today. Beautiful weather, 79 and sunny. Today was molasses making day. Besides seeing the farm as it operated in the 1800s, we participated. The girls helped make ginger bread and molasses candy, from scratch the old fashioned way. Then they stripped leaves form the sorgum plant stalks... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A great place to take kids who love history and animals. Really enjoyed their Fourth of July celebration. The old fashion games where fun. Excited to see the new building when it is done.

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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

It was really hot today for our visit. It is a working farm and the staff don't seem to mind the heat one bit! My girls are 4th and 5th grade and love helping. The staff will put you to work if you are willing. We started in the kitchen preparing for the evening meal. The girls washed the salad,... More 

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Thank christine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

I took my child care here for a field trip. Woman at the front desk was very nice and explained everything we would be doing during our visit the children learned slot about the1900 and still talk about it today. Awesome place to take children

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Thank Larson11
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

It was realistic to what times would have been like when Olive Kelley was alive and living there. A great place for kids, but mostly if you're into MN history. I live in Elk River, so I don't have to travel far to experience the Farm. I probably wouldn't go if I had to drive a long ways with kids.

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Thank Deb H
Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I don't know what I expected when we arrived at the farm, and while the entrance and welcome area is temporary and being upgraded, the farm is an unbelievable experience! Our two grandchildren ran about from the barn to the pump, shoveling manure unto a wagon, playing with sheep, and carrying water. When they got to the kitchen in the... More 

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Chaska, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went during their Harvest Festival and really enjoyed it. There were a lot of activities for my two boys (ages 3 and 5) in the historic home and on the grounds. The barn and surrounding area was fun to walk around and look at the animals. There was also a water pump to check out and woods to play... More 

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Princeton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A nice gem in the suburbs were you can learn some very interesting history. Lots of hands one activities for kids and adults. I made ketchup when I was there. And they have all these cute farm animals running around.

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