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

The Gibbs Farm will be open for the season, starting Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am and runs through Sunday, October 30, at 4:00 pm.
The Gibbs Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and selected Fridays.

2016 Events and Day Camps

Day Camps

We created a great mix of exciting day camps for children ages 4-13 for 2016.
2016 Camps:
Say It In Dakota
Gibbs Girl
Pioneer Kid
Digging History Archeology Camp
Pioneer PeeWees

Day Camp Information


Gibbs Farm offers an exciting new fun and educational experience for your kids for MEA 2016. This mini one-day camp is for kids ages 5-10.

MEA Camp

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.

Gibbs Farm offers historical tours led by knowledgeable costumed interpreters during all open weekend days. Pioneer Tours at at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Dakota Tours are 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Special Summer Events

Farm Fridays: A Pioneer Woman’s Craft Heritage
Explore the pioneer folk art heritage through history and a take-home craft.
Open to all.
Farm Fridays programs

Sunday Series: A Pioneer Woman’s Kitchen
Experience the heart of the pioneer family – the kitchen. History and sampling.
Open to all.
Sunday Series programs

Ice Cream Sundays
Ice Cream Sundays for 2016

Festival Days

Dakota Day
Celebrate Minnesota’s First People!
Dakota Day 2016

Apple Festival
Apple crafts, apple games, apple treats, all in the beautiful Gibbs setting.
Apple Festival 2016

Gibbs Halloween
Celebrate an old-fashioned Halloween!
Halloween 2016

Gibbs Farm Weddings and Rentals

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.
Weddings at Gibbs Farm
Gibbs Farm Rentals

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.

Drawing of the Gibbs soddy by family member Lily Gibbs. RCHS Collection photo.
Drawing of the Gibbs soddy by family member Lily Gibbs. RCHS Collection photo.

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.

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