Feb 04 2010

Oliver H Kelley Farm in Elk River, Minnesota

When the weather outside is frightful, I like to remember adventures we had when the days were warmer, the grass greener, and coats not necessary.

Kelley farm fence

Last year, we spent the 4th of July at one of our favorite Minnesota Historical Society sites, the Oliver H Kelley Farm in Elk River.  This working 1850′s farm was owned by Oliver Kelley, who started the Grange movement.  Today his story is told at the site’s visitor center, and his farm is open to anyone who wants to learn what agriculture was like 150 years ago.

Kelley Farm 3

At the Kelley Farm, visitors can:

Help with chores

Kelley Farm moving straw

Play old-fashioned games

Kelley Farm ball game

Work in the one-acre garden

Kelley Farm garden

Pump water from the well

Kelley Farm pump

Sit on the porch

Kelley Farm flag on house

Pet the animals

Kelley farm kids petting cow

Help in the kitchen

Kelley Farm pantry list

Special events are held frequently–you might get to be part of a barn dance, harvest, or winter on the farm. Check the farm’s website for event details and museum hours.

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4 Comments to “Oliver H Kelley Farm in Elk River, Minnesota”

  1. Susan Berkson on 04 Feb 2010 at 10:10 am

    When my son was little, this was his favorite place. I never saw him work as hard as he did on his visits to the Kelly Farm. Then he graduated to the Air Guard Museum. (www.mnangmuseum.org) If you haven’t taken your kids there yet, you are in for a treat.

  2. minnemom on 04 Feb 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Susan, we have been to the Air Guard Museum. The kids loved that one too!


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