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

MEA Day 2015

Gibbs Farm is offering an exciting new fun and educational experience for your kids during MEA 2015. This mini one-day camp will be offered on Thursday and Friday of MEA, October 15 and 16. Kids ages 5-10 will have the opportunity to experience a day filled with crafts and fun, including caring for our animals; putting up a tipi; churning butter; making a Dakota beaded bracelet, creating a yarn doll, dipping a candle; visiting our one-room schoolhouse, and much more. They will also get a special treat, our famous home-made ice cream!

We have full day and half day sessions available, see our MEA 2015 Information & Registration Form for details.

Day Camps 2015

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.
Say It In Dakota
Gibbs Girl
Pioneer Kid
Digging History Archeology Camp
Pioneer PeeWees

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 2015

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

Farm Fridays: Mini-Retreats for Adults: Information & Program Schedule
Fridays, June 26 through September 11, 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Gibbs Farm, a charming retreat celebrating 1800s life.

Ice Cream Sundays
Back by popular demand!
Sundays, June 28, July 12, August 16; 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Festival Days 2015

Dakota Day
Celebrate Minnesota’s First People!
Saturday, June 20; 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Apple Festival
Apple crafts, apple games, apple treats, all in the beautiful Gibbs setting.
Saturday, October 3; 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Gibbs Halloween
Celebrate an old-fashioned Halloween!
Saturday, October 31; 10:00 am-4:00 pm

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.