Wabasha County Historical Society
P.O. Box 255 •
Lake City, Minnesota 55041
The mission of the Wabasha County
Historical Society at Reads Landing Museum
Step back in time at the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum!
70537 206th Avenue •
Reads Landing, Minnesota 55968
Housed in the oldest surviving brick
schoolhouse in Minnesota,
Built in 1870 for $8,200, no expense was spared in the Italianate details and the three-layer brick walls of the fifty by fifty foot two-story building.
Examine the initials carved in the hallways by the hundreds of students who attended the school. Step on the well-worn treads once climbed by students as they rushed to their classes.
The museum includes a barn loaded with old machinery, telling the agricultural story of Wabasha County.
Founded by Charles Read in a location just below where the Chippewa River enters the mighty Mississippi, Reads Landing was the ideal landing spot for thousands of lumber rafts loaded with timber and a popular gathering place each spring as steamboats waited for the ice to leave Lake Pepin, signaling another busy season of water navigation.
Once one of the largest Minnesota communities on the Mississippi River, Reads Landing was home to 17 hotels, 21 saloons, and 15 mercantile stores.
Today, Reads Landing is loaded with history and is the home of the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum.
Make our museum a part of your Mississippi travel adventure!
Area Map & Directions
Reads Landing is conveniently located on scenic Highway 61 between Lake City and Wabasha.
After entering Reads Landing, go up the hill one block to experience Minnesota’s oldest brick schoolhouse and the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum.
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