About

General Information

Phone: 651-436-3500
Address: 3165 St. Croix Trail S., Afton MN 55001

Afton Museum is open 1-6pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment. Call 651-436-3500


Officers

  • President: Stan Ross
  • Vice President:Leslie Thomas
  • Secretary:Terry Clymer
  • Treasurer: Laurel Ross

Board Members

  • Kathy Weed
  • Deb Erickson
  • Ken Johnson
  • Sandi Alexander

About Afton, Minnesota

The historic village of Afton is nestled between wooded river bluffs and a protected scenic river, the lovely St. Croix. Some call Afton "nostalgic, friendly, and quaintly charming." Visitors in the mid-1800's were reminded of Robert Burns' poem "Afton Water" and thence came its name. Following French fur traders to the St. Croix Valley, New Englanders platted the Village in 1855, and influenced its simple, straightforward architecture. Clear drinking water still flows from the springs shown on the early plats. Some of the virgin pines still stand in its deep ravines. Wild flowers, deer, flying geese, and songbirds thrive here, along with wild berry bushes left from Afton's early berry industry. Today, in the center of a quiet residential community, is a small business district of restaurants, an inn, marinas, and unique shops and services. Surrounding the village are farms, parks, and nature preserves. Most of the village businesses are located in 19th century houses or buildings, some of which are still being restored.

Afton Historical Museum

The Afton Museum is located in the former Congregational church (1868) building in the Historic Village of Afton. Over the years it housed the Congregational and American Methodist congregations and later was a meeting place for fraternal organizations, such as Modern Woodmen of America and the American Legion and Auxiliary. In about 1926, after the flood, the building was moved onto a new basement on an adjacent lot south. It became the seat of government and voting place for the Village of Afton and in 1976, candidate Walter Mondale voted when he was elected Vice President of the United States with President Jimmy Carter. The Museum, now a restored building, has many rotating displays. Volunteers operate a vintage rug loom with which they weave rugs.Extensive files on area family information and photographs, census record information, and information about Afton's 7 cemeteries, including a Civil War cemetery are available for research purposes. The Museum is operated by volunteers and there is no admission fee