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Experience a historic Minnesota valley and town site with a rich history that features a well-preserved general store, homestead, and farm buildings from the late-1800s. Explore the history of the inhabitants of this area—from ancient peoples to today’s residents.
Field trip options
1899 Family Life
Through a hands-on guided experience, students discover the lives of 19th-century rural families and their contributions to the livelihood of their homes, farms, and town.
The Industrial Revolution in Everyday Life
Students will learn how the Industrial Revolution affected the country in the 19th century through immigration, growth of cities and industries, mechanization’s effects on American farms, small towns, and the Progressive Movement.
All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.
21899 County Road 118
Preston, MN 55965
Inside Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
- $6 per student, $60 minimum group fee
- Teachers free
- One free adult per 10 students
- Length: 90 minutes
- Contact the park office for a form that allows free bus parking.
- A nearby State Park picnic pavilion can accommodate indoor/outdoor seating for 75.
- Book a joint tour of Historic Forestville and Mystery Cave State Park