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.

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.

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.

Any questions? Contact us here.

Gibbs Farm Field Trips & Outreach

Field trip and outreach options include pioneer or Dakota Indian lifeway. 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

Outreach Information

2019 Day Camps

We created a great mix of exciting day camps for children ages 4-15 for 2019.

2019 Camps:

Life of a Gibbs Girl
Pioneer Kid
Victorian Ladies
Pioneer Survivor- New this year!
Dakota Day Camp
Pioneer PeeWees

Day Camp Information & Registration

2019 Weekend Events

2019 Ice Cream Sundays

Enjoy an ice cream demonstration followed by a free sample of our homemade ice cream!
Ice cream demonstrations run every hour from 10am-4pm.

June 2 – Homemade Gibbs Farm Ice Cream

June 16- Make your own Sundae!

June 30- Patriotic Ice Cream

July 14- Root Beer Floats

July 28- Homemade Gibbs Farm Ice Cream

August 11- Make your own Sundae!

August 25- Root Beer Floats

2019 Special Events

Get more details from our calendar.

Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26- Opening Weekend Celebration

Saturday, June 8– One-Room Schoolhouse Program

Saturday, June 22– TBA

Saturday, July 6– TBA

Saturday, July 20- Victorian Tea Party

Saturday, August 17- Butter Making

Saturday, August 31– Introduction to Cross Stitching

Saturday, October 12- Pumpkin Carving

2019 Festival Days

Prairie Festival

August 3, 2019; 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Celebrate the Dakota, past and present!

Apple Festival

September 21, 2019; 10:00am-4:00pm
Apple orchard, apple crafts, apple games, and apple snacks!

Gibbs Halloween

October 26, 2019; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us in an old-fashioned Halloween celebration!

Gibbs Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Gibbs Farm has a variety of opportunities for volunteers.
For more information, see the Job & Volunteer Opportunities page.


Drawing of the Gibbs Soddy by Lillie Belle Gibbs. RCHS Collection photo.