Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, Danbury

#129 of 218 in Museums in Wisconsin
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The fur trade posts were reconstructed at the actual site known to be active from 1802 to 1805. Adjacent to the Forts is a re-created Woodland Indian Village.

The park, a National Register of Historic Places site, is operated by the Burnett County Historical Society with support from its membership and Burnett County. Visitors come from across Minnesota and Wisconsin and as far away as Scotland, Bulgaria, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Japan; guest book comments consistently offer superlatives: "fantastic," "tremendous," "amazingly well presented!"

These Yellow River trading posts were abandoned and forgotten, then re-discovered in 1969 by Harris and Francis Palmer and Gene and Lafayette Connor. Through the extant journal of George Nelson, an XY Company clerk, researchers were able to locate the site and begin excavating.

The Folle Avoine site is unique for several reasons: the exact place of the wintering posts was found, the posts had been undisturbed for over 200 years allowing archeologists a pure site to investigate, and two competing companies were at the same location. Charred remains provided evidence and enabled reconstruction of the wintering posts exactly as they were over two hundred years ago!
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  • It was a rainy wet day when we went so not able to see much outside but the interpreters inside were awesome!  more »
  • Came for our first time on a Saturday for the Booya. Went through the lovely gift shop and then into a beautiful spacious dining hall for delicious boots. Served with crackers & bread. My first booya....  more »
  • Very informative, small Museum. Additional historic re-creations of a lumber company, school, blacksmith. Tours provided. Very nice. Well done. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is named after wild rice. When the French saw the wild rice they thought it was oats; Folle Avoine meaning crazy oats.
  • It’s a great place for bluegrass music events! Went for a roasted pork sandwich event and the band was perfect addition. Wondered the grounds but wished the full experience was included in the bluegrass band and food event price. The place is well taken care of, clean amenities, and friendly volunteers! It’s a must see for the north woods

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