Day 3: Worthington, MN

Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
Trip End Jul 29, 2010

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Nobles County Pioneer Village

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Friday, July 23, 2010

This morning we woke up under the twinkly, billowy, flowery awning above our "Secret Garden" bed and packed up our things to leave St. Ansgar. Before we left, we did enjoy a lovely breakfast of a ham and cheddar strata, fresh fruit, a raspberry scone, and coffee. At breakfast, we talked for awhile with one of the other patrons of the Inn who was traveling from LA to Cleveland with her family to visit relatives. She was interested in hearing about our "pilgrimage" so we shared about Pepin and what was to come.  (We also learned that along the way of their trip they had been searching for evidence of a Native American ancestor to complete their family genealogy, fascinating).  

We got on the road and shortly entered Minnesota at 10:35am.  As we were driving merrily along, listening to Book 2 of "Eat Love Pray," we kept seeing signs for a place called "Blue Earth."  Mom was very curious but we decided to resist...until we saw the sign that said "Blue Earth: 60 ft. statue of Jolly Green Giant"... how could we resist that?  We pulled off the highway at Blue Earth and did indeed find a 60 ft. statue of the Jolly Green Giant, along with a very cute little shop with lots of Jolly Green Giant memorabilia, including dolls, shirts, mugs, and various canned vegetable paraphernalia.  This stop wasn't exactly "on theme" with our pioneer travels but totally worth the extra 10 minutes, just to say we saw it.

After a few pictures and quick stretch, we were back on the road, continuing toward Worthington.  The Nobles County Pioneer Village in Worthington was much closer to "on theme;" although not directly associated with Laura Ingalls Wilder in any way, it did have lots of examples of buildings and other other artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  We saw a barber shop, lawyer's office, saloon, general store, church, and farm house. We also saw a dentist/doctor's office, that was a little creepy (let's just say there were lots of teeth and medical instruments lying around), and a school house with some fascinating posters (including a teachers' contract that forbade teachers from using "socializing at the ice cream shop" or using face powder or mascara). 

The exhibits were all very simple but nice, containing authentic artifacts from the pioneer period and brief descriptions, including some testimonies from some of the people who had donated the pieces.  This was a totally hidden place (we actually had to drive by the sign twice before we found it), but completely worth it. 

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Linnie on

Yep could have met you in Worthington. Don and I went up there last night to do some shopping. I could have told you about Pioneer Village, too. LOL

Vern Crawford on

A big ol' green "Ho, HO, HO!"


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