Museum Complex


Suggested donation entrance fees:  $5.00 adults, $2.00 kids under 18 

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The Fillmore County History Center Museum and Genealogy Library is located at the start of the Root River Recreational Trail in Fountain, Minnesota, on Highway 52 and County Road 8. The History Center is home to one of Southern Minnesota’s largest collection of antique agricultural equipment. From vintage tractors to rare handmade wooden tools, the museum traces the tradition of agriculture in Fillmore County.

We also feature a wide variety of exhibits focusing on various time periods. Visit a turn-of-the-century newspaper office, an old-fashioned post office, an antique country kitchen, or nostalgic soda fountain. Children will enjoy the displays of old-fashioned dolls and toys. Ladies will be fascinated viewing exhibits of vintage and antique fashions from a bygone era.

Our collection numbers well over 15,000 three-dimensional objects plus over 10,000 printed, written, and photographic materials. The majority of artifacts date from 1860 to 1915, with a fair number of turn-of-the-century objects.


Agricultural Buildings

The Agricultural Display Buildings have been designated for the interpretation of Fillmore County’s farming history. Displays focus primarily on early farm machinery including:

    * several vintage tractors and automobiles, including a completely restored 1937 F-20 Farmall Tractor* a “Simplicity” Livestock Operating Table* a wood-gas powered truck* a collection of antique farm equipment plus handmade tools* Fountain Volunteer Fire Department hand-drawn hose cart* 36 completely restored Oliver Tractors



Pleasant Dale/Watson Country School

Outside on our grounds is a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, offering a glimpse into the ABCs of early education. Relive childhood memories as you step back in time to an original one-room country school, furnished with artifacts that were once used in the early days of Fillmore County education.

Pleasant Dale-Watson School

Pleasant Dale-Watson Country School #78

Pleasant Dale-Watson Country School

Pleasant Dale-Watson Classroom 1912