About the Friends of the Kelley Farm
Our mission is to preserve and support the operation of the Oliver Kelley Farm, a National Historic Landmark that was the birthplace of the National Grange in 1867. Our members include a wide range of folks from local school kids and teachers to members of Grange organizations from across the country; from lovers of local history to lovers of historic farming methods and antique farming equipment from across the state; from lovers of a story well told and well acted to those seeking a fun outdoor family outing. Most importantly, our membership could include you!
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Governor Dayton signed the capital budget / bonding bill Tuesday, June 17, 2014, which includes a $10.5 million request for the Minnesota Historical Society’s Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River.Continue Reading →
Volunteers are welcome at the Kelley Farm. There is always lots to do–no matter the season. READ MORE
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- Short drive + good price = a day of fun on the Farm. The staff are dressed for the 1860s and kids can ask questions and help them work the farm. What they do depends on the time of year, but expect to see animals working; wood stoves in use for cooking or baking; sewing or laundry; planting, weeding or harvesting from the garden or fields; and tired kids that have put in a full day of learning!
- Oh-so-cute! My whole family just enjoyed the beautiful old farm setting. This place is a gem.
- Fun and educational for all age groups. Beautiful site on the Mississippi River with walking trails. Historically accurate farm animals and costumed guides make this a must-see attraction that me, my kids and my parents and grandparents love! We go back often as activities change depending on the season. Plowing, planting, harvesting--you can help do it all!
If you've never been, now is the time to make plans to visit the Historic Oliver H. Kelley Farm. If it's been a while since your last visit, remember that as the seasons change, so too does a visit to the Farm. Things are always changing! READ MORE