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

Gibbs Farm is open Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm. We will be open Fridays, June through August in 2017.

Please note: There is road construction in the area during the summer of 2017, rebuilding Snelling Avenue. Link for more information.

2017 Events and Day Camps

Day Camps

We created a great mix of exciting day camps for children ages 4-13 for 2017.

2017 Camps

Dakota Day Camp
Gibbs Girl
Pioneer Kid
Digging History
Pioneer PeeWees

Day Camp information & registration


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Gibbs Farm offers an exciting new fun and educational experience for your kids for MEA 2017. This mini one-day camp is for kids ages 5-10. Watch for more information.

Day Camp Information

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.

Field Trip Information

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 and Fridays, June through August. 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

Farm Fridays

Fridays in June, July and August 2017
Explore pioneer and Dakota lifeways through history, tours, and a take-home craft.
Topics and schedules to be announced.
Open to all.
Admissions: $8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 4-16. Program and supplies included in general admission.

Farm Fridays

Ice Cream Sundays

Sundays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
June 4, 2017: Old-Fashioned Ice Cream
June 18, 2017: Maple Topping
July 2, 2017: Patriotic Ice Cream
July 16, 2017: Make Your Own Sundae
July 30, 2017: Root Beer Floats
August 13, 2017: Ice Cream Cones
August 27, 2017: Special Old-Time Flavors

Admissions: $8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 3-16
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.

Ice Cream Sundays

Festival Days

Dakota Day

June 24, 2017
Celebrate Minnesota’s First People!
Dakota Day Event Details

Apple Festival

September 30, 2017
Apple crafts, apple games, apple treats, all in the beautiful Gibbs setting.

Gibbs Halloween

October 28, 2017
Celebrate an old-fashioned Halloween!

Gibbs Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Gibbs Farm has a variety of opportunities for volunteers to keep the site running and looking good, and to assist staff.
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

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 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.