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Address: Owatonna, MN
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+1 507-451-1420

This setting features twelve historic buildings, including log cabins, a...

This setting features twelve historic buildings, including log cabins, a railroad depot and a blacksmith shop.

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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. With something historical and educational to see in each building you can... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Glenice S
Owatonna, Minnesota
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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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 the whole family!

Thank Glenice S
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 19 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
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
Owatonna, Minnesota
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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 to the Print Shop, all was very interesting and educational. Highly recommend to locals and... More 

1 Thank TheMonte
Owatonna, Minnesota
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444 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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. Every room is decorated by a group or business in town, highlighting the decorator. The... More 

2 Thank Carl W
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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
New York City, New York
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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
Owatonna, Minnesota
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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 of rural, small-town, and early industrial America. Great information for youth and a walk down... More 

1 Thank tony k
Medford, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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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
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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