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Pioneer Day is Sept. 20

By Staff | Sep 5, 2014

Pioneer Day will be held again this year at the historical Peterson Point homestead from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

This is a wonderful way to show your kids and grandkids and, yes, maybe even your great-grandkids the treasures of the past. Take a wagon ride around Peterson Point, a homestead resting on the shores of High Lake alongside the site of an ancient Native American village. Peterson Point remains much as it did when it was settled just after the Civil War.

You can see blacksmithing, spinning, weaving and other crafts. Listen to music on the pioneer-era organ and sit back and think of what it must have been like to live in a simpler time.

In our days of instant messaging and texting and tweeting, many of us have forgotten about things like growing our own food and canning and milking cows and settling down with a good book in front of the fire – instead of in front of the television or computer.

We owe it to ourselves and those around us to remember the past and the contributions our ancestors made for us – and what we can learn from them.

Peterson Point is just south of the Emmet County Nature Center. To get there from Estherville, take Highway 9 east. At County N40 on the west side of Gruver, turn south for six miles then follow N40 east around the Ingham/High Lake complex just past the Emmet County Nature Center to Peterson Point on the right.