Oliver H. Kelley Farm :: Elk River, MN

We visited Oliver H. Kelley Farm for the first time this summer.  Kelley Farm is a working farm frozen in the 1860’s and we visited on Threshing Day.  Volunteers dressed in period clothing work the farm and engage visitors with details about the history of the Kelley Family and the farm. They will also put you to work if you get too close. We threshed wheat, pulled weeds, hilled potatoes, harvested beans.

If you ask Cora, her favorite part was petting the sheep. If you ask Ada, her favorite was pulling weeds from potatoes in the house garden.

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This is your view as you approach from the parking lot. You walk through this building, pay for entrance and then come out the other side and are greeted by this beautiful, idyllic farm scene.

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They thresh the grain in an 1856 horse-powered Cox and Roberts Threshing machine. Basically a couple horses on a treadmill powering this awesome gear driven contraption.

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