History springs to life, as Kelley Farm opens for the season

Lance Tlusty talked to students from Rocori Middle School in Cold Spring during a field trip to the Kelley Farm.

Lance Tlusty talked to students from Rocori Middle School in Cold Spring during a field trip to the Kelley Farm.

History is springing to life again in Elk River, as the Oliver Kelley Farm opens for the season.

The historic farm is located along Highway 10 east of downtown. It opens Saturday, May 3.

Maureen Palashewski cut up a rutabaga last week in the kitchen of the Kelley Farm house.

Maureen Palashewski cut up a rutabaga last week in the kitchen of the Kelley Farm house.

During opening weekend, visitors can see baby animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and travel the nature trails by foot or on the horse-drawn trolley.

May hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the site will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A pair of pigs roamed the farm yard at the Kelley Farm in Elk River.

A pair of pigs roamed the farm yard at the Kelley Farm in Elk River.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children 6-17, and free for children under 5 and Minnesota Historical Society members.

For more information, go to www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm or call the farm at 763-441-6896.

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