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 (as of August 2015). The village is open 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday from June to Labor Day. In September, it’s open Saturdays only.
The tour starts at the History Center’s small museum full of old photos of the town and some interesting artifacts.
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.
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.
Then the Norwegian house.
And on the right is the German house.
Continuing along the path is a log homestead from the Pillager area.
And a one room schoolhouse.