Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, the Sibley Site is not currently open to the public. A reopening date has not yet been set.

The town of Mendota was an important place in 19th-century Minnesota. The center of the region's fur trade, Mendota was also the home of Henry Sibley, fur trader, U.S.-Dakota War general and Minnesota's first governor. Sibley Historic Site tours are the perfect complement to a visit to Historic Fort Snelling. Book both sites and receive a discount.

Field Trip Options

Students learn about Minnesota's past through the lens of Henry Sibley's life, including history of the fur trade, and U.S.-Dakota relations in early Minnesota.

Grades: 4, 5, 6 Cost: $5 per student

Visit one of these Dakota County Historic Sites