For further information contact us at: 320-274-8489, e-mail pioneerp@lakedalelink.net or fax 320-274-9612.


This building, originally the granary on the farm here, has been fitted out to resemble a general store of the early 1900s.Tools. Lanterns, pots, pans, fabric, feed, spices, flour, sugar -- everything and anything that was available at that time could be bought here. Usually, purchases were things which could not be grown in Minnesota (spices, coffee) or made (coffeepots, enamel basins).The settlers were very frugal, creative, and self-sufficient, just as their pioneer ancestors had been. The ornate hand-operated cash register was the sign of a prosperous shopkeeper. 
14) General Store
Accounts were kept either in a ledger or in a lockable cabinet like the one behind the counter. Many farmers did not have "ready money" to pay for their purchases, so records were kept as credit was extended until harvest time. Bartering was also acceptable with garden produce, eggs, and meat being common trades for supplies.

To the right of the counter is an egg candling booth. If an egg is fresh, the light from a candle held behind it will light up the shell. If the egg is rotten or developing a chick, the light will not shine through.The shopkeeper could discard any eggs which were not edible and give credit to the farmwife for those he could resell.

OFFICE HOURS:
Spring/Summer 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Winter Office Hours Vary
Call for information 320-274-8489 or
pioneerp@lakedalelink.net
 PARK OPEN
Memorial Weekend through 
October 31
Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Call office during week for weekend availability

GENERAL ADMISSION:
Adults: $6
Senior Citizens (60 and over): $5
Students (6-16 yrs.): $3.00
Children 5 yrs and under: Free
Children are to accompanied
by an adult at all times.
Sorry we cannot accept credit cards.

EVENT ADMISSION:
Event admission may vary from General Admission, see individual event for admission prices.

PARK TOURS:
Tour takes up to 
approximately 2 hours.
Last admission 3:00pm
Gate closes at 4:00 PM

MONTHLY POTLUCK SUPPER:
Open to the public. visitors welcome
6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.   
A guest speaker or a presentation will be featured.