Ramsey County Historical Society offers unique, hands-on programs at the Gibbs Farm.

The Gibbs Farm is currently closed for the season.

Please watch for updates on 2016 Events and Day Camps.

Day Camps

We created a great mix of exciting day camps for children ages 3-13 in 2015. Please watch for information on Day Camps for 2016 in early Spring 2016.
2015 Camps:
Say It In Dakota
Gibbs Girl
Pioneer Kid
Digging History Archeology Camp
Pioneer PeeWees


Gibbs Farm offered an exciting new fun and educational experience for your kids for MEA 2015. This mini one-day camp was for kids ages 5-10. Please check in with us for more information on MEA 2016.

Gibbs Farm Field Trips

Gibbs Farm is a historic museum interpreting pioneer and Dakota life in the mid 1800s. Schoolchildren will learn from costumed interpreters about Jane Debow and Heman Gibbs, the Gibbs family, their relationship to the Dakota of Cloud Man’s village, and the history of the Farm. Children can also experience a taste of pioneer farming, the life and culture of the Dakota, and see our farm animals and a variety of traditional gardens. Several tours are offered, and teacher resources and curriculum tie-ins are available.

Gibbs Farm Programs

Costumed interpreters provide a glimpse into nineteenth century pioneer and Dakota daily life. Our local history comes alive through stories, crafts, gardening, animal husbandry, and more. You will see and experience original and replica buildings, including a log-and-sod home, the original Gibbs farmhouse and barn, tipi, Dakota summer bark lodge, and one-room schoolhouse.

Special Summer Events
Watch for more information on Gibbs Farm Summer Events in Spring 2016.

Farm Fridays: Mini-Retreats for Adults
Fridays in the summer.
Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Gibbs Farm, a charming retreat celebrating 1800s life.

Ice Cream Sundays

Festival Days
2016 Festivals & Dates will be announced in Spring 2016.

Dakota Day
Celebrate Minnesota’s First People!

Apple Festival
Apple crafts, apple games, apple treats, all in the beautiful Gibbs setting.

Gibbs Halloween
Celebrate an old-fashioned Halloween!

Gibbs Farm Rentals

Gibbs Farm is the perfect place for weddings, anniversaries and other special events. Create your own one-of-a-kind experience. For more information, please use the Contact Us form.

Birthday Parties

A Gibbs Birthday Party will be a smash hit with your kids. Enjoy the animals, historic buildings, and our beautiful restored prairie with your young “pioneers.”
Contact the Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629 or gibbs@rchs.com. Or use the Contact Us form.


The Gibbs Farm is a beautiful setting for weddings and private parties of all styles. We offer indoor space, outdoor spaces for tent set-up, and a catering kitchen. Our wedding, party booking and catering manager is Common Roots.

Gibbs Farm History

Following a tragic accident suffered by her mother, seven-year old Jane DeBow travelled west from Batavia, New York with a missionary family. Jane lived near Cloud Man’s Dakota Village at Lake Calhoun from 1835-1839, where she became like family to the inhabitants.

Years later, in Illinois, Jane married Heman Gibbs.  In 1849, when Minnesota opened as a territory, the newlyweds purchased 160 acres on the north edge of Saint Paul.  Heman built their first home, a 10′ x 12′ soddy. That autumn, Jane was reunited with her Dakota friends as they crossed the farm on a trail to their annual wild ricing camp.

In 1854, Gibbs built a larger cabin.  With a growing family, additions to the Gibbs farm house were made over the years. The tipi and bark lodge allow you to explore the traditional life-ways of the Dakota.  You can stroll through our native prairie, medicine garden, and traditional Dakota and pioneer crop gardens.

You can also visit the original white barn used for animal care, and the red barn used for programs. You and your children will be fascinated by the one-room schoolhouse, moved from western Minnesota, furnished with wooden school desks, a pump organ, and a working school bell.