Day 2 Travelling
Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
22Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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J.R. Watkins Company Museum and Store
After filling up on brunch and coffee, we were ready to set off toward Pepin. Or so we thought, first we needed to stop at a Target to pick up a few things. We got fold-out chairs so that we would have something to sit on while we watch the Little House Pageant in Walnut Grove tomorrow night and water bottle cozies to keep our (very cute) bottles from falling out of the not-so-spring-loaded drink holder in the dash. They cozies didn't really work to keep the bottles in the holder but they did work to keep them from sweating so much condensation all over the car.
After Target we were ready to head to Pepin... but first, Mom noticed a sign for the J.R. Watkins Company Museum and Factory, so we stopped there too. According to their website, "Watkins has been America's pioneer in natural living since 1868," so it seemed appropriate to include this stop on our pioneer experience. The administration building was surprisingly beautiful with a Tiffany Window, dome ceiling, and a pristine replica of a J.R. Watkins delivery wagon for the late 1800s. The museum was very cute with lots of Watkins' memorabilia, including ads and household calendars from the past century, original apothecary materials, a 1940's stove and Hoosier cabinet, and a model railroad and town depicting Winona. It was certainly and unexpected but enjoyable stop.
Ok, we were then, finally, ready to head to Pepin!