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Village of Yesteryear

Owatonna, MN
+1 507-451-1420
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A step back in time

Be sure to take some time and wander around this unique village...the city has done a wonderful job... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2018
mkottke77
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Owatonna, Minnesota
Very cool place to visit!

I was just amazed at all the buildings that have been relocated to this spot to create the village... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2017
charylec
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Mesa, Arizona
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In 1962 the Society was offered the Saco Church located 7 miles southwest of Owatonna, and with the support of the Steele County Agricultural Society, the Society permanently leased a portion of the southeast section of the fairgrounds to begin a pioneer village. The original layout was similar to the center of Owatonna and its Central Park, which was originally circular. Thus was established the Village of Yesteryear, which has grown in the years since through the additional move of historic structures, as well as museum buildings built on site.
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Apr 18, 2018
“A step back in time”
Oct 2, 2017
“Very cool place to visit!”
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Owatonna, MN
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+1 507-451-1420
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Reviewed April 18, 2018

Be sure to take some time and wander around this unique village...the city has done a wonderful job of preserving the history of this county with this collection of buildings

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

I was just amazed at all the buildings that have been relocated to this spot to create the village. While I was there on a day when only the historic home was open, I spent quite a bit of time walking around, looking in the...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2017

Instead of destroying old historic buildings, the city of Owatonna has moved and will continue to move these gems to 1 centralized location. village of yesteryear!

Thank zvon
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Any visitor would benefit from visiting the Village of Yesteryear. This week is fair week and the entire Village is open and staffed! A walk not only down memory lane, but of the history of AMerica farmland.

Thank ingodwetrusttoday
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

Open to Steele County Fair goers, visiting the Village of Yesteryear is like walking back in time. With something historical and educational to see in each building you can quickly learn some of the ways our ancestors did their activities of daily living. Enjoyment for...More

1  Thank Glenice S
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Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

The tour was tour hours long and only $5. Very interesting! Bob knew a lot about the history of the Village of Yesteryear.

1  Thank kenjohnson28
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Reviewed July 20, 2016

The buildings are well taken care of, and when you take a tour there are plenty of things to see. If you are a history buff they are a great place to visit. The flowers and gardens they grow are very nice as well.

1  Thank Melanie C
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Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Just spent the afternoon at the Village of Yesteryear on a field trip with 2nd graders. Great place! Amazing to see how life has changed in a 150 years or so. From the 2 story cabin, to the Dunhill House, one room school, General Store...More

1  Thank TheMonte
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Reviewed December 16, 2015

Living in Owatonna, this is a place that we have visited at different times of the year. Gus's Gas Station takes you back in time with all the old displays of candy and oil and such. We just visited the Dunnell House with Christmas decorations....More

2  Thank Carl W
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Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a great place to come and show the younger generation how things were 100 years ago. You can spend a lot of time here looking at how things use to be.

1  Thank ekhomme
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