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

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.

Read about our trip to the Oliver Kelley Farm.

Oliver H Kelley 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.

Hiking Trails

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 this printable map and trail descriptions.

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