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Bruentrup Heritage Farm is an historical farm two blocks east of Maplewood Mall on County Road D. It is run by Maplewood Historical Society and is open for special events and private tours. The original homestead was established in 1891 by William Bruentrup and his wife, Ida. At one point the farm was 175 acres and incorporated the land that is now Maplewood Mall and surrounding area.
In 1997, the farm property was bought by developers and, in 1999, the city moved the house and remaining farm buildings to city-owned land. The house, barn, granary, machine shed and metal foundry building were all moved. The space also houses a hundred years of farming artifacts and interactive displays. The adjacent land is prairie preserve owned by Maplewood.
The buildings and exhibits are only open for special events and select Sunday and Mondays in the summer but the public is permitted to walk on the grounds and the trail of the nature preserve. Past events and annual activities have included an apple festival, Halloween event, holiday open house and farm-to-table summer camps.
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