Ramsey County Historical Society offers unique, hands-on programs at Gibbs Farm.
Gibbs Farm is open Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Visitors to Gibbs Farm can take a guided tour or they can stroll the site on their own (entrance to the Farmhouse is only available on a Pioneer Tour). Our historical tours are led by knowledgeable costumed interpreters during all open weekend days. Pioneer Tours at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Dakota Tours are 11:30am and 1:30pm. Tours are included in the cost of admission. Tour times on festival dates may vary.
2018 Events and Day Camps
We created a great mix of exciting day camps for children ages 4-15 for 2018.
Victorian Ladies – New this year!
Dakota Day Camp
Gibbs Farm Field Trips
Field trip options include pioneer or Dakota Indian lifeways or a combination of the two. Gibbs Farm is a historic site interpreting pioneer and Dakota life in the mid-1800s. Schoolchildren will learn from costumed interpreters about Jane and Heman Gibbs and their children, their relationship with the Dakota of Cloud Man’s village, and the history of the farm.
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 are at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Dakota Tours are at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Special Summer Events
Join us Memorial Day Weekend for our 2018 Opening Event:
Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Enjoy Gibbs Farm Homemade Ice Cream and meet our farm animals!
Family Friendly Saturday Programs 2018
Saturdays June-October, 2018
Topics and schedules to be announced.
Open to all.
Admissions: Free for RCHS Members. General Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 4-16. Program and supplies included in general admission.
Ice Cream Sundays 2018
Sundays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
June 3: Homemade Gibbs Farm Ice Cream
June 17: Make your own Sundae!
July 1: Patriotic Ice Cream
July 15: Root Beer Floats
July 29: Homemade Gibbs Farm Ice Cream
August 12: Make your own Sundae!
August 26: Special Old-Fashioned Flavors
Admissions: Free for RCHS Members. General Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 4-16
A delicious treat for the heat of summer. Enjoy our homemade ice cream while experiencing the beauty of the Gibbs Farm, gardens and prairie.
Ice cream is included in general admission.
Special thanks to agropur for supplying the delicious dairy products that go into our ice cream.
July 28, 2018; 10:00 am-2:00 pm
September 22, 2018; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apple crafts, apple games, apple treats, all in the beautiful Gibbs setting.
October 27, 2018; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebrate an old-fashioned Halloween!
Gibbs Farm Volunteer Opportunities
Gibbs Farm has a variety of opportunities for volunteers.
For more information, see the Job & Volunteer Opportunities page.
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. We have a number of caterers that will be happy to discuss your party or wedding needs. Please see the list on the Weddings and Rentals page.
Weddings and Rentals
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 Bde Maka Ska (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 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 lifeways of the Dakota. Stroll through our native prairie, medicine garden, and traditional Dakota and pioneer crop gardens.
Visit the original white barn used for animal care, and the red barn used for programs. The one-room schoolhouse, moved from western Minnesota, furnished with wooden school desks, a pump organ, and a working school bell is fascinating.