Historic Fort Snelling

A National Historic Landmark

Built in the early 1820s, Historic Fort Snelling is a great place to learn about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and much more. Its location — at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers — has been significant for centuries to many American Indian communities.



During this 90-minute program, costumed guides engage students with interactive activities, demonstrations and conversation about different aspects of life during the early 1800s. The tour includes the story of Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved couple who lived at the fort and later sued for their freedom. Students are also introduced to the complex relations between American Indian nations and the U.S. government. Allow extra time to watch a short film in the visitor center, to visit the History Under the Floorboards archaeology exhibit and to climb the Round Tower.






















Fort Snelling Video: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/education/field-trips

Field Trip Preview Video: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/education/field-trips/field-trip-preview

Field trip highlights: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/education/field-trips/field-trip-highlights

Interactive map: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/plan-visit/what-do