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southeastern minnesota River Bluffs & Rolling Hills Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour - Faribault

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austin, cannon falls, faribault, harmony, hastings, kellogg, lake city, lanesboro, mantorville, northfield, owatonna, plainview, preston, red wing, rochester, wabasha, welch, winona

calendar of events

(Contact area CVBs for complete calendars) august

1-3 9 12-17 13-17 3-7 7-10

River City Days, Red Wing 651-388-4863

Pickle It, Preston 507-765-2785

Steele County Fair, Owatonna 507-451-5305

Houston County Fair, Caledonia 507-725-3397


Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield 800-658-2548

62nd Annual National Barrow Show, Austin 507-437-4563

12-Oct 12 Enchanted April, Plainview 507-534-2900

12-13 13-14 20 27-28

Faribault Airfest and Balloon Rally, Faribault 507-334-4384

Tree Frog Music Festival, Faribault 507-334-4384

RE-Fest, Austin 507-437-4563

Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Mantorville 507-634-7092


2-5, 9-12 Kathy’s Kountry Korner 8th Annual Craft Show,Austin 507-437-4563

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4-5 11-12 Harvest Day, Preston 507-765-2785

Lanesboro Fall Fest, Lanesboro 507-467-2696

Wild Wings Fall Festival, Lake City 651-345-5355

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts, Red Wing 651-388-7569

13-Nov16 November Nights, Lanesboro 800-657-7025

16-Nov30 Light Maze & KTTC Lights @ Bluff Valley, Zumbro Falls 507-753-2955

november 15 21-24 28

Tundra Swan Watch Bus Tour, Winona 507-494-6229

21st Annual Christmas Open House at the Hormel Historic Home, Austin 507-437-4563

Christmas in the City Kickoff, Austin 507-437-4563

Boe Memorial Chapel at St. Olaf College – Northfield Its interesting features are the windows, which are made of antique glass (named so because it is created using the same methods utilized by glass makers centuries ago).

Caledonia Commercial Historic District – Caledonia One of the oldest cities in Minnesota and also the birthplace of David Kunst, the first man to circle the globe on foot. See historic buildings that include a church, cabin, town hall and a school.

First Congregational Church of Winona – Winona The first church in Winona, the oldest congregation in Minnesota, outside of the Twin-Cities area and the third Congregational Church organized in Minnesota. In 1882 the famous “Rose Window” was added by the children of the Sunday school through their Sunday offerings.

Lenora Stone Church – Harmony Oldest church in Fillmore County, built in 1856, it is a fascinating historic site. Driving out to the church is beautiful with natural streams, woods and gently sloping hills.

Mower County Historical Society – Austin Featuring a variety of exhibits from the area and old churches such as Wayside Chapel, which was used for small weddings,

Six Mile Grove Church is an exact replica of the church, which was built in 1868, and the St. Augustine Church Bell.

Rice County Historical Society – Faribault In the Village see the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Log Cabin and the Harvest & Heritage Halls. Plus visit the museum to see an exhibit of Bishop Whipple, who not only built Minnesota’s first Episcopal Cathedral and several other churches, he built schools in several areas as well.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Caledonia It was constructed in simple frame style, measuring 22 by 40 feet in 1870. Then in 1988 with only six families remaining on its rolls, they closed their doors. You still can view it today.

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church – Winona First organized in 1871 by a group of approximately 100 Polish families that came to Winona. The church is a Romanesque Revival style and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Village of Yesteryear – Owatonna

A Setting of fifteen structures where you can experience life as it was in Southeast Minnesota at the turn of the 20th Century. See the St.Wenceslaus of Moravia Church from 1891, the blacksmith shop, fire station, school, and mansion all connected by a boardwalk in order of years constructed.

Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour - Faribault

The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour is the oldest cathedral in Minnesota. Built 1862-1869, it was the first Episcopal Church in the USA designed as a Cathedral. Founded by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, who is also Minnesota’s first Episcopal bishop. One of the most interesting features of this Cathedral are the windows. One of these windows is the so-called Indian window. It depicts the present seal of the Diocese, a broken tomahawk on which is a superimposed pipe of peace. This was a gift from Christian Indians in gratitude for Bishop Whipple’s help after the terrible Sioux massacre at New Ulm in 1862. Another interesting feature is Whipple’s tomb.When he passed away in 1901 he was buried beneath the cathedral altar in a tomb, which is still visible today. Following his death a tower with a peal of ten bells was dedicated in his memory. Tours are available and are free, but donations for the Cathedral’s upkeep are gratefully accepted. Cards and souvenir plates are available for sale. The Cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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