Today we’re taking a break from Little Speckled Frog week and heading back to 2011 for throwback thursday. My mom came for a visit that summer and while she was here we headed up to the Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia, Minnesota.
I’d driven past this place many times on my way up to a scrapbook retreat in Lindstrom and I’d always wanted to find time to check it out. So with my mom here and no plans for the day, we decided to drive up to Scandia and check it out. Unfortunately, even though I had checked their website and saw that they opened at 10 a.m., what I didn’t realize was that you couldn’t go inside any of the buildings unless you were on a tour and the tour wasn’t until 1 p.m. Drat! So we made do with wandering around the grounds.
Gammelgarden means “old farm” in Swedish, and this is an “open air museum devoted to Swedish immigration in the United States.”
The museum sits on 11 acres and has several buildings including the Välkommen Hus, Präst Hus, Gammel Kyrkan, Ladugård, Immigrant Hus and Swedish Stuga.
Maybe the next time I manage to find time to head up there I’ll try to get in a tour of insides of the buildings!
We checked out the cemetery next door while we were there too and it had some awesome old tombstones and monuments.
On our way back home we stopped at the historic site of the Hay Lake schoolhouse.
This one room schoolhouse was in use from 1896 until 1963.
I swiped this photo from the Hay Lake School Facebook page.
My goodness, just look a those sinister faces! I think these might be the original children of the corn.
I also took the time on the way back home to stop and get a photo of this barn.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by this barn and seen those two red Adirondack chairs sitting there. I’ve always wanted to stop and get a picture, but never took the time. I wonder if the owners of this barn sit in those chairs with a glass of wine on pleasant summer evenings. Or do they just place those chairs there for ‘looks’, because they really do make a very picturesque scene.
Do you have any open air museums where you live? Or have any of you local readers been to this one? I’d love to know!