Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: Noon (12:00 p.m.) - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sibley Historic Site
Fees/RSVP: Adults - $9; Seniors & College Students - $8; Ages 5 - 17 - $7; Ages 4 & Under - FREE; DCHS, MNHS & Friends of Sibley Members - FREE.

Join the Dakota County Historical Society for Day #1 of Fur Trade Weekend!

In the 1830s, Mendota, Minn. was the center of the Fur Trade. Henry Hastings Sibley just arrived from the Mackinac Island, Mich. area to his new home in St. Peter's (Mendota) to run the American Fur Company. Sibley built his house, the first stone house in Minnesota, in 1836 to act as not only his living quarters, but headquarters of the company. As the Dakota traded their goods with European settlers, aided by the popularity of the newly constructed military fort (Fort Snelling), the fur trade flourished.

Today, the Sibley Historic Site will return to the 1830s and Mendota will once again be the center of the fur trade. Visitors will walk through the grounds and interact with fur trade reenactors to ask questions and see firsthand what life was like during this time.

Presentations will take place indoors throughout the day, providing historical perspectives on various aspects related to life in the fur trade.

This event is both Saturday and Sunday. Unless otherwise noted, admission to this event is for one day only.

A full schedule of events will be posted once available.

 

Visit one of these Dakota County Historic Sites