The Historic Log Village is located at 35404 County Rd 3 in Crosslake, MN across from the Pine River Dam and the Crosslake Recreation Area Campground. The Village awaits your presence as you step back in the time amongst our preserved, well-loved buildings that reflect the rich history of our area. Come and visit our beautiful, quaint village and experience first-hand how people lived and worked in this area years ago! Handicap Accessible.
Come and experience life in Crosslake during the late 1800s to the early 1900s when the logging industry was at its peak and the area flourished. As you enter the Village you’ll discover how early settlers lived and worked by witnessing firsthand their way of life.
The original Ideal Township School was built in 1897, donated to the Historical Society, moved to the Village, and restored in 1994. Children love to sit in the desks and pretend they are attending school as students did 100 years ago.
The Ostlund homestead was built in 1882 by Swedish immigrants, August, and Margaret Ostlund. The home was obtained by the Village in 1986 when it was discovered and saved from a practice burn by the Crosslake Fire Department.
The Livery was built in 2006 and contains photos of early Crosslake, Native American artifacts, early construction tools and farm implements. It also provides space for educational series and learning opportunities.
The Logger’s Camp was built in the 1880s by Rufas Heath and moved to the Village. It depicts the rugged existence of the logger’s daily winter work on a small scale. It houses many tools and implements used in the industry.
The Blacksmith Shop was essential to our early loggers and settlers. This replica showcases the metal working skills and tools of the day. It houses a working forge that is used by visiting blacksmiths demonstrating their skills during special events.
Built in 1923, the original Watertown Township Town Hall was the center of local government until 1950. It was donated to the Historical Society by Nathalie Swann, moved to the Village in 1979 and it was the first building in the Village collection.