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Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River

15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Admission: $ 9.00
$9 adults; $7 seniors and college students; $6 children ages 5-17; Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members.
Hours of Operation:
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
April & May: Sat & Sun 10 am-5 pm; Memorial Day Weekend -Labor Day: Wed-Sun 10 am-5 pm; Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm ; September & October: Sat & Sun 10 am-5 pm

The Oliver H. Kelley Farm is a National Historic Landmark and is part of the Minnesota Historical Society. This farm is considered “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.” It is maintained as a working farm and visitors can participate in the seasonal farm life including meeting the farm animals, helping with field and garden work and exploring the farmhouse.

Oliver H. Kelley Farm Expansion

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley Barn - Image courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

In April of 2017, the farm will roll out its expanded and enhanced facilities, which will include a new visitor center, modern demonstration gardens and fields, interactive outdoor exhibits, and modern livestock and farm equipment. The new visitor center has three times more space as the previous one and includes a learning kitchen, classrooms, indoor exhibits, a museum store and updated guest amenities. A new Farm Lab area encourages visitors to explore Minnesota's agriculture today through modern cropland, animals, gardens and an outdoor exhibit trail. Still available to explore is the original Oliver Kelley’s historic 1860s farmstead.

Hiking Trails at Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Minnesota Historical Society offers this printable map and trail descriptions.

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society


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