Andrew Peterson Farmstead

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Andrew Peterson Farmstead
Andrew Peterson Farmstead summer.jpg
The Andrew Peterson Farmstead from the southeast
Andrew Peterson Farmstead is located in Minnesota
Andrew Peterson Farmstead
Andrew Peterson Farmstead is located in the US
Andrew Peterson Farmstead
Nearest city Waconia, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°51′50″N 93°43′30″W / 44.86389°N 93.72500°W / 44.86389; -93.72500Coordinates: 44°51′50″N 93°43′30″W / 44.86389°N 93.72500°W / 44.86389; -93.72500
Area 8.5 acres (3.4 ha)
Built 1867
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 79003713[1]
Added to NRHP October 11, 1979

The Andrew Peterson Farmstead is a farm just east of Waconia, Minnesota, United States. The farm is located in rural Carver County, Minnesota on Minnesota State Highway 5. The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with its first owner, Andrew Peterson.[2] It is owned and operated by the Carver County Historical Society.


Andrew Peterson on the farm in 1885

Andrew Peterson (Anders Pettersson) was born October 20, 1818 at Västra Ryd parish in Ydre härad, Östergötland, Sweden. He died March 31, 1898 in Clearwater Lake, Carver County, Minnesota. He emigrated from Rydsnäs, Sweden to American in 1850. With his sister and fourteen other emigrants, they arrived in Boston on July 2, 1850. He arrived in Burlington, Iowa about four weeks later and lived there for four years. He later moved to Minnesota in 1855, claiming 160 acres (65 ha) near the southeastern shore of Lake Waconia.[3][4]

He kept a series of daily diaries and ledgers dating from 1850 until a few days until his death in 1898. Peterson's diary was donated by his family to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1939. These writings provided inspiration for Vilhelm Moberg's novels The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home, although they were set in Chisago County, Minnesota.[5][6]

While Andrew Peterson is not familiar to many Americans, his story is well known in Sweden. The Andrew Peterson Society was established in Sweden in 2003. In 2007 a tour group came from Sweden to visit the farm.[7] The Carver County Historical Society restored the granary on the farmstead in 2006 with help from Swedish carpenters, and began restoration on the north barn in 2010. A musical called Andrew Peterson: The Genuine Pioneer Story had great success in Sweden in 2012.[8]


This article contains information obtained from the Swedish Wikipedia article Andrew Peterson.


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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Peterson Farmstead also known as: The Rock Isle Farm". Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Who was Andrew Peterson?". The Andrew Peterson Society. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Peterson, Andrew (1818–1898)". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Peterson Farm". City of Waconia. 2001. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Who was Andrew Peterson?". Andrew Peterson Sällskapet. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Zuege, Unsie (September 28, 2008). "It's Andrew Peterson Day". Chaska Herald. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  8. ^ Gould, Heidi (2016-01-06). "Peterson, Andrew (1818–1898)". MNopedia. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 

Related reading[edit]

  • Mihelich, Josephine (1984) Andrew Peterson and the Scandia story (Ford Johnson Graphics) ISBN 978-0917907005

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