Kelley Farm will host Yankee Thanksgiving

Oliver H. Kelley was from Boston and like many others he migrated west as soon as he turned 21, settling in Minnesota in 1849. In

Oliver Kelley in 1875. His farm in Elk River is a historical site.

Oliver Kelley in 1875. His farm in Elk River is a historical site.

1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first day of Thanksgiving. Visit the historic Kelley Farm in Elk River at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, to explore what Thanksgiving was like on a “Yankee” farm in the 1860s. Visitors can hike the nature trails, explore the barn and root cellar, meet the animals and enjoy the aromas of a hearty Thanksgiving meal in the farmhouse. Dress for the weather. Warm refreshments will be provided.

Fee is $7 or $5 for Minnesota Historical Society members. Reservations are required; call 763-441-6896.

 

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