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“Tours of a historic town”

Historic Forestville
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Preston
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Owner description: Walk across the Carnegie Steel Bridge into 1899 Forestville. Explore the Meighen family store which is filled with original 19th-century merchandise, discover what's cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hands with chores in the garden and farm buildings. Costumed guides portray residents and their daily activities.
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Tours run continuously throughout the day, led by costumed characters from the town. You can also take a look around without a tour, but you wouldn't be able to go into any of the buildings.

The store and house were interesting with lots of items from the time period. It's nice to remind yourself of the way things used to be.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We went to the park not knowing what to expect and were delighted with the entire program of guides, historical settings and of course, learning how to make apple butter. From watching bread being baked in wood fired ovens to stirring the apple "stew" in a bubbling copper pot over an open fire was to get some idea of life in the 1800's. Not to mention the pay off at the end and getting to taste everything. I would have eaten a lot more if no one was looking! Fun to see all of the horses and riders as the trails are quite extensive. A hike up to the Zumbro cemetery is very interesting - but it IS an uphill hike. Great family outing and a beautiful drive.

1  Thank Bob K
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We are staunch supporters of the MN Historical Society and we were not disappointed with our first visit to this location. The docents were very knowledgable and able to effectively communicate a lot about life in Forestville in 1899.

2  Thank Betsy S
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The historic site has tour guides operating as town residents from1899. It is fun to hear about their life and work, lots of work. It was still too hot to hike beyond the historic buildings, but there would be more to explore. I would have liked to visit the old Zumbro cemetery. Great combo to also Tour nearby Mystery cave.

2  Thank LeslieK2
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We visited Forestville with our 5 year old grandson. He really enjoyed the outdoor setting under the big trees. He was somewhat interested in learning about all the items in the old General store and the family home (too much he couldn't touch), but loved walking through the big kitchen garden. He helped grind corn and then fed the many chickens which were wandering through the little old town. It was a hot day but the huge old trees kept the area shady and beautiful. We had a great time.

3  Thank freyagirl
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