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“Stepping into a time machine”

Historic Forestville
Ranked #3 of 4 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.
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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342 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Stepping into a time machine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

When we visited they were re-enacting a civil war era time. They were even shooting off the cannons. Everyone was wearing classic union uniforms with classic flags and such. When we crossed the bridge from the parking lot it was like stepping into another world. It felt like going back in time. All of the buildings are perfectly preserved and really neat to see. You can really lose yourself out here and get into that 1880s state of mind.

Visited July 2013
Thank Justin B
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English first
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Perfectly Preserved town with charm!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

Forestville is one of those unique places that you might not think of visiting. The whole town, which consists of a Store, one home, and a few barns is exactly as it was in 1899. When you take the tour you meet the towns "residents" (actors) that take you through the bulidings and tell you all about life in the 1800's. Most of the things that you see inside the store and house are original....not just period but the original items!!! If you ask one of the towns people a modern question the will just look at you like your crazy!!! The tour is 7.00/person, well worth it!!!

Visited August 2013
Thank shanna92580
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tours of a historic town”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2013
Thank thorignlclmityjn
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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Apple butter fest.........”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Bob K
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great MN HIstorical Society site”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Betsy S
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