Historic Forestville Cemetery Tour Offered Memorial Day Weekend

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 30, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Sandy Scheevel • Historic Forestville • 507-765-2785 • sandy.scheevel@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: They Built This Town
Date: Saturday, May 24

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Place: Historic Forestville
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. State park vehicle permit required.
Phone: 507-765-2785
Email: forestville@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/forestville

Historic Forestville Cemetery Tour Offered Memorial Day Weekend

Historic Forestville welcomes the summer travel season Memorial Day Zumbro Hill Cemeteryweekend with an extended walking tour of the historic Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery and the start of summer hours.

Visitors can join the program "They Built This Town" on Saturday, May 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The tour brings visitors through the Zumbro Hill Pioneer Cemetery as costumed interpreters present a look back at the lives of some of the people who built the town of Forestville more then 150 year ago.

This tour is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. A state park vehicle permit is required. Participants will meet at the historic site for shuttle transport to the Zumbro Hill Cemetery trail head. The cemetery is another 20-minute hike up a moderate grade hill. Visitors are asked to wear weather appropriate attire and footwear.

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Historic Forestville is open for summer hours, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Summer hours continue through Labor Day. The site is also open May, September and October, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Historic Forestville

At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

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