MEDIA ALERT: HISTORIC FORESTVILLE TO RE-OPEN SATURDAY FOLLOWING RECENT FLOODING

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 12, 2008
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

MEDIA ALERT: HISTORIC FORESTVILLE TO RE-OPEN SATURDAY FOLLOWING RECENT FLOODING

(June 12, 2008) The South Branch Root River flooded Sunday, June 8, causing water to surround historic buildings and forcing the closure of the bridge leading to Historic Forestville. The bridge has been reopened to foot traffic and the site staff is working tirelessly to clean up mud and debris in preparation for re-opening this Saturday, June 14. In addition to pumping water away from the buildings, the staff has been conducting a thorough inspection. Cost of damage is not yet known, but is expected to be minimal.

Regular programming will be offered starting Saturday, June 14. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students with ID, $4 for children ages 6 to 17. A State Park Vehicle Permit is required. For more information visit http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/historic-forestville

The historic village of Forestville is located on the banks of the South Branch of the Root River just downstream from the confluence with Forestville Creek. In the 1850s the stream provided power for milling of grain and lumber, which in turn provided an economic base for the community. As milling changed to large centralized urban operations, and with the advent of railroads which bypassed Forestville, the town declined. The Minnesota Historical Society now operates the village as a living history site.