Tuesday, July 16, 2019

WW: Fort Snelling #historic @Fort_Snelling #trip #vacation #minnesota

We almost skipped going to the Historic Fort Snelling on our trip to Minnesota. 

Besides my Grandpa that was in the Navy, Travis and my family were never really in the military. It was rated as a great spot to visit in Minnesota. We decided to spend the morning there.

There was a subway that went that direction, but we did have to walk a bit to get to the area where we needed to be. Thankfully Travis had the map up on his phone. Even the security guard didn't know how to get to our destination by walking. Do look at a map on their website if you plan on going.


Adults $12
Seniors and College Students $10
Children 5-17 $6
Children 4 and Under FREE
Native American's FREE
MilitaryVeterans and Family FREE


10-4 Tuesday-Friday
10-5 Saturday and Sunday


They start out by showing you a movie. Native American's lived on the land before the Army built buildings there. For awhile they tried to live in the same space, until a war broke out. The Army killed most of the Dakota and Ojibwe Natives. When Fort Snelling was rebuilt they tried to keep intact what it was like before the Civil War took place. Not to offend anyone, but I'd have to side with the Native American's. I feel for them. Caucasians have taken so much from them.

Fort Snelling:

We had a bit of a walk before getting to the main fort. There were a lot of old doors and windows on buildings.

Outside Fort Snelling there were people planting a 3 Sister Garden: Corn, Squash and Beans. Travis has planted a 3 Sister Garden for about 3 years now. It was a little late in the planting season, so I hope it grows for them.


They had a re-enactment.


Many of the smaller things in the store they dug up from the ground. They did find Chess pieces.

There was a lot of trade, and importing that went on even in those days. Coffee, Tea, Tobacco and more came from different areas.

Animals were killed for their skins. They used the skins to make top hats. The hats were dyed a color. I asked if they used Walnuts to dye them, and the lady there wasn't sure. The animals they usually used were muskrats and beavers.

They were pretty sure they knew where the cash register was based on the fact that there was a lot of coins found in one spot when they were digging. 

Fort Snelling:

 We got to climb up the round building.

 This was out view:


I took a particular interest in the hospital area. There was a lot to see. I have/had 7 nurses in my family.

Hospital beds lined a wall.

Hospital supplies were set out to see.

Do you see the branch? That's willow branch. They used to mix it with hot water, steep it for a willow tea. It was their Aspirin. Travis has made me some for an evening drink. He mixes honey in it to make it taste better. It does have an Aspirin taste.


General's House:

The General had much more than everyone else. A nice house on the bottom, but upstairs wasn't as nice. It was just for sleeping. Fine China was even downstairs. I have to admit I could have cared less about the fancy stuff. I liked the upstairs better.

Outside was a lookout spot:


The kitchen was hot! During those times they didn't have air to circulate. Slaves cooked and cooked, for many people. I loved the kitchen. In some ways I'd like to have it. I bet pizza and breads taste freaking great!

Do you like old things? 

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. I got no compensation, for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 


Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love old buildings, forts, history etc. Great post!

Veronica Lee said...

I love, love, love old things especially those steeped in history and legend. Fabulous photos, A.

stevebethere said...

What a nice post can't beat a piece of interesting history or a nice cold cider heheh! nice photos :-)

Have a historytastic week :-)

csuhpat1 said...

What a cool place. I would love to visit there. So very nice.

mail4rosey said...

You've been looking at some great things from history it seems, lately. What a cool summer!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I love how your trip was so educational for the boys. I am all for tossing in some historical trips whenever possible.


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