Grounds and Buildings

The 54 acres of the History Center grounds are occupied by several historic buildings, they are:

You can also find a base ball field where the Roosters play vintage base ball games, a reproduction tinsmith, blacksmith, general store, summer kitchen, and a large variety of gardens!


History Center Trails            

Come hike, or even snowshoe, at the History Center of Olmsted County! We have gorgeous grounds and trails designed to show you some pretty neat historical buildings along the way. Stop in for a trail map or download one here. Who says History Buffs aren’t outdoorsy?

George Stoppel Trail – ½ Mile

This low difficulty trail is great for families, beginners, or anyone looking for a quick hike. This ½ mile loop covers the George Stoppel Farmstead, the Hadley Valley Schoolhouse, and of course – woods.

Scenic Trail – 1 and 1/3 Mile

This somewhat longer hike is worth the walk. Take in the George Stoppel and Ralph Stoppel Farmsteads, the William Dee Log Cabin, the Base Ball Field, the Tin Smith Shop, and more on this 46-acre tour of the History Center campus.

Note - Admission Fees do apply to the History Center Trails, and can be paid Tuesday – Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Need snowshoes? Try Tyrol Ski and Sports or Quarry Hill Nature Center.

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