Oliver H. Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, Minnesota

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Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Road
City/locality-
State/province
Elk River, Minnesota
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Sherburne County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year Established: 1850
Founded by: Oliver H. Kelley
Historic Function: Farmstead
Current Function: Historic site

Elk River Sherburne

National Register of Historic Places Information
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Level of significance: National
Primary Style: Italianate
The site includes an Italianate farmhouse and various farm outbuildings as well as fields where crops are grown and harvested as they were in the mid-Nineteenth Century.

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Site History

Oliver H. Kelley staked a claim at the new town of Itasca on the Mississippi River near present-day Elk River. Kelley moved away from farming and Minnesota in the late 1860s, and in his later years he was known for founding the National Grange, a fraternal organization of farm families. Two of his daughters returned to the farm in 1876 and managed it during the summers until 1885. The Kelleys owned the farm until 1901.

Grange purchased the farm in 1935 and donated it to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1961. At this National Historic Landmark, visitors become involved in living history demonstrations of the work and play of daily life for Oliver H. Kelley's family and other farmers in mid-19th-century Minnesota.



Memories and stories

Oliver H. Kelley Farm Historic Site operated by the Minnesota Historical Society

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