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Sibley House Historic Site

Minnesota Historical Society
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55150
Located in downtown Mendota, MN.
 
 
The stone Sibley House was the home of the first Minnesota governor and a thriving fur trade location.

Overview
The Henry Sibley house was built when Henry Sibley was a young bachelor and regional manager for the fur company. The house changed as his family grew. The surrounding area was changed from an isolated trading post to an organized territory finally reaching statehood.

The Sibley Historic Site is the oldest Euro-American settlement in Minnesota. Four distinctive limestone buildings remain across from Historic Fort Snelling today. The buildings mark the American Fur Company's control over the region's Dakota trade between 1825 and 1853.

Activities: Visitors can take tours of the site and learn more of its history.

Hours: Hours vary by season and there is an admission fee to this site. See the Minnesota Historical website for more information.

Contact Information: Call the Minnesota Historical Society at (651) 452-1596.

 

 
 
 

Did You Know?

The wide Mississippi River

At Lake Onalaska, near LaCrosse WI, the Mississippi River is about 4 miles wide. The combination of water held behind Lock and Dam #7 and water held by damming the Black River form this broad reach of the Mississippi River.