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15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, MN 55330
$12 adults; $10 seniors and college students; $8 children ages 5-17; Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members.
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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.

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Two girls watching horses at Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River, Minnesota

2017 Farm Expansion

In April of 2017, the farm rolled out its expanded and enhanced facilities, which 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.

Visitors exploring Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River, Minnesota

Hiking Trails around Oliver H Kelley Farm

After visiting the farm, grab a map and explore the nature trails. You can see some of the same wildlife and plants as the Kelleys saw. There are three trails to choose from — all approximately a mile long — The Farm Trail, The River and Woodland Trail and the Prairie Trail. Minnesota Historical Society offers a printable map.
Girl stirring a stew cooking on a wood stove at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River, Minnesota

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