Jun 18 2008
- 1448 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN
- $5 adults, $3 ages 7-16, 6 and under free
- Free parking
- Mostly stroller accessible
On our list of things to do in Owatonna was the Steele County Historical Society’s Village of Yesteryear. Tours are given at 1:30 daily, and we were guided through the site by a very understanding man named Bob who said to give him a signal if the kids were ready to move on to another building. It turned out that a signal wasn’t needed very often, because the kids were very interested in the site.
The buildings in the Village of Yesteryear were all moved into the historical complex from elsewhere in Steele County. The house was that of a former Congressman who lived in Owatonna, and the other buildings came from other parts of the county. Bob gave us a tour that included the church, log cabins, fire hall, caboose, schoolhouse, general store, and more.
The best part about the tour for the kids was that there were several hand-on activities that they could do. They rang the bells at the school, church, and fire house, climbed up into the caboose, and played the pump organ in the church.
There’s a lot to see at the Village of Yesteryear. It ended up that we took the full hour and a half for the tour, and the kids didn’t get restless because there was such a variety to see. We were able to ask questions, and our guide was very knowledgeable and worked well with the kids to keep it interesting for them.
When we got home, the kids were very excited to tell their dad all about the Village of Yesteryear.