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Village of Yesteryear

Owatonna, MN
+1 507-451-1420
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Walking back in time!

Open to Steele County Fair goers, visiting the Village of Yesteryear is like walking back in time... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Glenice S
Owatonna, Minnesota
We had fun here!

The tour was tour hours long and only $5. Very interesting! Bob knew a lot about the history of the... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2016
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This setting features twelve historic buildings, including log cabins, a railroad depot and a blacksmith shop.
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Owatonna, MN
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Open to Steele County Fair goers, visiting the Village of Yesteryear is like walking back in time. With something historical and educational to see in each building you can quickly learn some of the ways our ancestors did their activities of daily living. Enjoyment for...More

Thank Glenice S
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The tour was tour hours long and only $5. Very interesting! Bob knew a lot about the history of the Village of Yesteryear.

Thank kenjohnson28
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The buildings are well taken care of, and when you take a tour there are plenty of things to see. If you are a history buff they are a great place to visit. The flowers and gardens they grow are very nice as well.

1  Thank Melanie C
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Just spent the afternoon at the Village of Yesteryear on a field trip with 2nd graders. Great place! Amazing to see how life has changed in a 150 years or so. From the 2 story cabin, to the Dunhill House, one room school, General Store...More

1  Thank TheMonte
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Living in Owatonna, this is a place that we have visited at different times of the year. Gus's Gas Station takes you back in time with all the old displays of candy and oil and such. We just visited the Dunnell House with Christmas decorations....More

2  Thank Carl W
Reviewed 9 September 2015

This is a great place to come and show the younger generation how things were 100 years ago. You can spend a lot of time here looking at how things use to be.

1  Thank ekhomme
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Attended a wedding here near the big house in the gazebo. It was gorgeous! I don't know if the historical society staff had anything to do with the preperations, but everything was lovely. Clean, well spaced, and very very pretty!

Thank A_Miracle_Day
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Well organized village and accumulation of preserved and restored historical buildings, log cabins, equipment, and artifacts of south central Minnesota. Complemented by a modern building where various displays focusing on select segments of interest that are changed on a timely (quarterly?) basis. A true slice...More

2  Thank tony k
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Christmas in the Village is a wonderful event. If you are in the area in December, it is a great way to spend the evening. Another good time to visit is during the Steele County Fair in August.

1  Thank Suzanne T
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Nice representation of period specific structures. Also helps keep in focus how good we really have it today as far as infrestructure

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