Historic Forestville

Walk into the town of Forestville as it was in 1899. Browse authentic 19th-century merchandise, explore the outbuildings, and talk with costumed “residents” as they go about their daily activities.

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Field Trip Options

1899 Family Life

Students interact with residents of 1899 Forestville, discovering the experiences of rural family life and how family members contributed to the livelihood of home and farm. Activities may include shopping, sawing wood, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the garden and chickens.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 1.5 hours


The Industrial Revolution in Everyday Life

Students will learn how the Industrial Revolution affected the country in the 19th century. Topics include immigration, growth of cities and industries, mechanization’s effects on American farms, small towns, and the Progressive Movement. Activities may include operating farm implements, household gadgets, and other timesavers introduced during the era.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 1.5 hours