Originally an eight-acre parcel of land Holz Farm Park was settled back in the 1870’s. Holz Farm bridges Eagan, Minnesota’s past and present together while displaying a picturesque beauty, and all of the elegance and charm one can handle.
The Holz Farm stayed in the Holz family until 1993 when Otto and Ella Holz passed away. Shortly after that, residents got wind that the property was to be bought and turned into high rise condos. That is when a grassroots campaign was spawned and along with some Eagan City Council Members the land was purchased and turned into a living history farm in 1995.
When visiting Holz Farm you can live as if you were back in the era of The Great Depression on through World War II. You’ll find a visit to the farm educational in which you can truly get a glimpse into what it was like to live and work on a farm in Eagan, MN a hundred years ago. There are also many events throughout the year over at Holz Farm Park in which you can participate and mingle with others in the Eagan community.
- Holz Farm Clean-Up Day
From 9 a.m. to 12 noon on May 5th you are welcome to come on out and lend a hand to keeping the farm park clean. This event offers you a chance to give back to the community and feel good while doing so. Who wouldn’t like to spend a few hours out in the fresh air and beautiful scenery of Holz Farm Park?
- Spring Festival
The Holz Farm Spring Festival happens on May 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can take a hayride, visit the animals in the barnyard, and even churn some butter like the good ole’ days. Perhaps it might bring back some memories for some and create new ones for others. There are several other activities that are free of charge and some in which tickets are needed.
You can try your hand at doing laundry the old-fashioned way, or check out one of the Garden Planting Demonstrations. There will also be opportunities to do some egg pickling, bread baking, and a honeybee lesson. You can participate in the rope making activity, or have a pony ride. The kids can also play in the pedal tractor corral or milk Oreo the virtual cow. There will be concessions for food and soft drinks too.
- Lone Oak Days
Another big event at the Holz Farm Park in Eagan, MN are the Lone Oak Days. On September 22nd and 23rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can experience farm life demonstration, see vintage farm equipment, and enter the pie eating contest if you so desire. They will also have a kids coin hunt on both days as well as food and drink concessions along with live musical entertainment.
I think it’s safe to say the people of Eagan, Minnesota are very happy the Holz Farm Park was preserved into what it is today.