Afton Museum is seeking donations for New Front Doors

Our Goal is $10,000!
The museum staff has been working hard to insure donated historic items will be around for future generations to appreciate. Our staff receives extensive training in artifact care and housing techniques. We have made significant progress in this effort. But we have one last step to go! In order to create the stable environment necessary to preserve our incredible collections, we need to replace our current doors. This upgrade will provide many benefits for the museum, including;

Afton Holiday Village

Afton Village Holiday on Friday, December 2nd from 5:00-9:00 and Saturday December 4th from 9am-4pm
Take the horse drawn wagon to the museum and come in for some hot chocolate and treats. All proceeds go to the museums operating expenses.

Friday Evening: Bake Sale, Wine Basket Raffle, Ginger Bread House,Vintage Model Trains, Food Shelf Drop-Off
Saturday: Face Painting, Ginger Bread House, Crafts,Vintage Model Trains, Food Shelf Drop-Off


Annual Afton Museum Dinner 2016

Please join us at the Annual Afton Historical Museum Dinner! Catered by the Lumberyard Pub
Location: Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
Date: October 7th
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $26 per person

Caesar Salad
Champagne Chicken or Roast Beef
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans
Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Evening will include a surprise contest with door prize! Be sure to sharpen up your history skills.
Also, a short annual report will be presented.
Seating at the door is very limited so please make your payment before Oct 1st in order to secure your reservation.

Click here to reserve your seat online!


Reserve by check to our mailing address:
Afton Historical Museum
PO Box 178
3165 St. Croix Trail South
Afton, MN 55001

Afton's Art in the Park 2016

September 24th & 25th
The 38th Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair takes place in Afton’s quaint Town Square Park and features over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music!
Wine and Beer Garden
Adirondack Chair Auction
Proceeds benefit the Afton Historical Museum

See the Current Newsletter and Stories of old Afton (links under "Navigation")


New Story "Return of Fall" is available
The current Newsletter can always be downloaded by following the Newsletter link.
Original Stories by local authors can be read under the Story link.
Always click "read more" to get full article.

Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Afton Museum and Holler Productions are excited to co-host a discussion with Afton resident Robin McDowell, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM at the museum.
Robin has been a journalist with the Associated Press for 20 years mostly in Southeast Asia. Her award winning "Seafood from Slaves" series written and reported with three colleagues, resulted in the freeing of more than 2,000 fishing slaves in Indonesia. It also led to dozens of arrests, the seizure of assets worth millions of dollars, and changes in U.S. federal legislation.
During her time in this region, Robin’s work focused on important human rights and social injustice issues. She was Bureau Chief in Indonesia, reporting on everything from tsunamis to terrorist attacks. Her reports from Cambodia and Myanmar highlighted the difficulties young democracies face after emerging from military rule, civil strife and horrific rights abuses. She started a newspaper in Cambodia and has also worked in Thailand and Burma.
Seating for the presentation is limited and offered ‘first come, first served’ with regrets when filled. There will be a $10.00 per person fee at the door for the event. The discussion will continue at the Lumberyard Pub afterwards (approximately 8:00 pm) and all are welcome. It will also be videotaped and available on Valley Access TV at a later date.
Holler Productions is an Afton experiment providing interesting conversations around people with a story, and plans to provide video content for Valley Access Cable and on YouTube.
Contact us at or by calling 651-436-3500.

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The NEW CUTTER EXHIBIT will be shown in honor of long-time Afton resident Kenn Kopitzke.

Kenn Kopitzke’s favorite hobby was to purchase and restore antique winter sleighs or cutters. He spearheaded the Cutter Exhibit. Sadly he passed last month.
Included in our Cutter/Sleigh Exhibit will be the Restoration of a scale model of the Original 6-Horse Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch and Beer Wagon by Carol Gross.
Share the love of carriages and carriage driving and honor our friend Kenn.

Searching For

The Museum is currently looking for historic photos or postcards of the Interstate Lumber Co. in Afton. Please call Pam at 651-436-3500. or mail or drop off at the museum. Thanks!