Nisswa’s Pioneer Village

For history buffs, the Pioneer Village gives a look at 19th century life in Nisswa. It’s located just north of the downtown at the Nisswa Area Historical Society. Tickets are purchased at the history center and the tour is self-guided. Admission is US$3. The Pioneer Village is open 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday from June to Labor Day. In September, it’s open Saturdays only.

Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Pioneer Village

The tour starts at the History Center’s small museum full of old photos of the town and some interesting artifacts.

Pioneer Village History Center in Nisswa, Minnesota

Pioneer Village History Center

Once you finish, you walk outside to the Pioneer Village. First is a livery building with more artifacts from the 19th and early 20th century Nisswa area, including many from a logging camp.

Pioneer Village Livery in Nisswa, Minnesota

Livery

Next are three small homes representing the major ethnic groups that settled in the area – Swedes, Norwegians, and Germans. Each house has typical furniture and decorations one would have found in a house just like it. The Swedish house is first on the left.

Swedish House at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Swedish House

Swedish House at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Swedish House

Then the Norwegian house.

Norwegian House at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Norwegian House

Norwegian House at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Norwegian House

And on the right is the German house.

German House at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

German House

German House at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

German House

Continuing along the path is a log homestead from the Pillager area.

Pillager Homestead at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Pillager Homestead

Pillager Homestead at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Pillager Homestead

A bank.

Bank at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Bank

Bank at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

Bank

And a one room schoolhouse.

School at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

School

School at Pioneer Village in Nisswa, Minnesota

School

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