Pennington Co.

Pennington County Historical Society

The Pennington County Historical Society, which was chartered in 1938, owns and maintains the Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village. The Village was dedicated on August 8, 1976. Located on the edge of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the Village offers the public a unique opportunity to walk through a replica of a northern Minnesota pioneer town with vintage gardens, as it might have been 100 years ago.

Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village, named after a local Norwegian immigrant, houses many artifacts from the past displayed in nineteen buildings. The buildings include a museum, two railroad depots, a one-room schoolhouse, a church, log houses, a general store, a two-story Victorian house, a blacksmith shop, and a barber shop. Many pieces of farm machinery are also on display, and an extensive research collection of print materials is available for use.

Admission: $5.00 (children 12 and under free with paid adult). Memberships available.

825 Oakland Park Road, Thief River Falls, MN

Hours of operation: 
Open every day Memorial Day through Labor Day, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m

Telephone number:  (218) 681-5767

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Pennington County Historical Society
P. O. Box 127
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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