1219 Nokomis St.
Visit the Douglas County Historical Society and take a step back in time to learn about early settlers and visitors to the area. Located in the historic residence of Senator Knute Nelson, the house has been restored and has many of the original furnishings. The research library houses extensive historical and genealogical resources with 125 years of area newspapers. Guided tours available 9am-3pm Monday-Friday, or call to schedule a group tour.
206 Broadway St.
The Runestone Museum features dozens of exhibits which highlights Norse history, the Native Americans, Minnesota wildlife, early pioneers and the world-famous Kensington Runestone! Enter Fort Alexandria and visit several authentic log buildings, an 1880 country school house, and view a forty-foot Viking ship called the Snorri. Gift shop and museum open year around.
Lake Carlos State Park
2601 Cty. Rd. 38 NE, Carlos
Early settlers drifted into the area after the signing of the Traverse des Sioux treaty in 1851. This treaty opened much of central Minnesota to white settlement. Alexander and William Kinkaid settled at the junction between Lake Agnes and Lake Winona, the area that was to become the town of Alexandria. During the U.S./Dakota conflict of 1862, most of the settlers moved east to Sauk Centre and St. Cloud, but returned to the area later that year. During the Great Depression, the state purchased the land that became Lake Carlos State Park in 1937.
205 3rd Ave. W
From handcrafted wood boats to grand hotels and private fishing clubs, the Minnesota lakes have a rich and colorful maritime and resorting tradition reaching back nearly a century and a half. The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum celebrates the value of these lake traditions and legacies, and is committed to their preservation for future generations.
Many exhibits featuring Resort & Grand Hotel History, Minnesota Boat Builders, History of Chris-Craft & Larson Boat Works, Antique Launches, Minnesouri Angling Club, Classic Fiberglass Boats, Fishing Gallery and Kids Corner.
Spruce Hill Lutheran Church
13148 Spruce Hill Park Rd NE, Miltona
The Historic Spruce Hill Lutheran Church began as a log structure built in 1881. It had seats of wooden planks set on stumps and its pulpit an upright log. The need for a larger church became evident and the present building was completed in 1902. A horse barn was added in 1913. To see the inside of the church, call The Douglas County Historical Society for arrangements.
Kensington Runestone Park
County Rd 103 SW
Kensington Runestone Park is located on the original farm site of Olaf Ohman. Visit this historic park to view the actual discovery location of the infamous Kensington Runestone.
The park consists of 304 acres of wooded, gently rolling land which has two shelters for picnicking, outdoor game fields, trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a playground area and flower beds. The shelters may be reserved by calling the Douglas County Park Division office at 320-762-2966.