Whitewater State Park program schedule


(9/11/2019)

A Walk Through Ghost Camp

Friday, September 13, 6-7 p.m., meet at the South Picnic Area.

As part of the Whitewater Valley Archaeology and History Festival, come stroll through Whitewater’s distant past. Travel back to the Great Depression and learn about the lives of the young men who helped build Whitewater State Park. The program will offer a unique opportunity to see what the camp looked like with outlines of the buildings placed in their original locations.

Marnach House Hike

Saturday, September 14, 8-10:30 a.m. Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center.

As part of the Whitewater Valley Archaeology and History Festival, hike into the past with a naturalist and explore an old stagecoach route to the historic Marnach House. This three-mile, round-trip hike will introduce you to some of the earliest settlers of the Whitewater Valley, and you will get a rare look inside the stone house listed on the National Historic Register. Bring transportation and a water bottle.

‘Return to Backyard Canyon: A Trip Down Highway 74’

Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., meet at the Picnic Pavilion North Picnic Area.

As part of the Whitewater Valley Archaeology and History Festival, author Peg Bauernfeind will be telling some of her tales of the valley. She’s collected many interesting stories through interviews with locals and research into local places for her book “Return to Backyard Canyon.”

Children’s Hands-on History

Saturday, September 14, 12-3 p.m., meet at the South Picnic Area.

As part of the Whitewater Valley Archaeology and History Festival, children will have the opportunity to try a variety of hands-on activities such as archery, atlatl throwing, flint knapping, pioneer games and old-time tools!

Ghost Town Cemetery Field Trip

Saturday, September 14, 2-4 p.m., meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center.

The town of Beaver was abandoned in 1938 after repeated flooding. This ghost town cemetery holds many stories of pioneers, Civil War veterans, Minnesota conservation hero Richard Dorer and others who have lived in the Whitewater Valley. Bring your own transportation, as the cemetery is located five miles north of the park.

The Boys with P.W. on their Pants

Saturday, September 14, 5-6 p.m., meet at the South Picnic Area.

As part of the Whitewater Valley Archaeology and History Festival, join a naturalist for a walk through the old P.O.W. camp. During this one-hour program, you will get a chance to learn about an interesting chapter in the park’s history; during World War II, nearly 300 German prisoners of war ended up calling Whitewater State Park home.

If you need an accommodation, please contact Sara at sara.holger@state.mn.us or 507-312-2300, two weeks prior to the event.

 

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