Museums and History
Lanesboro is a quaint village located in a state hardwood forest. It is reminiscent of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian immigrant influence is still felt today with food and conversation, although other nationalities, especially Irish and German, give it a cosmopolitan flavor.
Strolling down the quiet streets of Lanesboro is like taking a step back in time. The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the two and three story frame, brick and stone buildings that have changed very little since they were first built by immigrants who settled here a century and a half ago. The century-old Power Dam, constructed in 1868, is known for its unique stone construction. Coupled with the city hydro-electric plant, this dam still provides electricity to the city.
Lanesboro’s Historical Museum is located in downtown Historic Lanesboro, next to the Root River State Bike Trail. It has a collection of various items of the past including famous Buffalo Bill memorabilia.
Fillmore County History Center & Genealogy Library is located just 11 miles from Lanesboro and offers collections of artifacts, documents, literature, photographs, and resources to research your genealogy.
Discover Historic Lanesboro on a self-guided tour of historical sites. Lanesboro was crowned with the Great American Main Street Award in 1998 and historic preservation is of high priority in the community. Self-guided historical tour maps are available at the Lanesboro Visitor Center and Lanesboro's Historical Museum.
The museum has a wonderful collection with three floors of exciting exhibits including: bridal room, school room, military room, etc. Donations welcome.
The museum began as a completely restored historic railroad depot dedicated to preserving the heritage of this community and the surrounding area. An annex had to be built in 2001 to house the expanding collection: over 2500 indexed photos, business advertising and memorabilia, help with genealogical requests that pertain to this area, military displays, many items used by the depot/railroad, and much more.