Historic Sites


A Walking Tour of Historic Sites

Downtown Jordan, Minnesota

This self guided walking tour takes you past 15 of the 16 properties in Jordan listed on The National Register of Historic Places, which includes the Jordan Historic District and the Jordan Brewery. Take a walk among the buildings that have stood along these streets for over a century and imagine the bustle of hundreds of weekend excursionists as they detrain the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, greeted by white painted rocks against the hillside spelling “Welcome to Jordan”.
Self-Guided Tour Maps available on the front porch of the Nicolin Mansion Bed & Breakfast.

Tour Map


Ambrose Freedman Log Cabin

Varner Street between Water and 1st Streets

Memorial to Scott County’s Pioneer Settlers. Moved to it’s present location on land donated by Clement Nachbar in memory of his pioneering parents, Mathias Nachbar and Wilhelmina Mertens Nachbar, who settled near Jordan in 1855. Restored in 1931, dedicated in 1937.
Located in the Jordan Historic District, a Property on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open for Tours Memorial Day and Festival Weekends


Samuel B. Strait House

19825 Park Boulevard, 952-492-6400

Samuel Strait built this residence in 1857 as the first step in developing the ill-fated town of St. Lawrence around it. The three rooms on the first floor contain exhibits telling the story of the Minnesota River Valley settlement boom. Restored in 2000.
Located in Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area, Lawrence Unit, State Park vehicle permit required.



Scott County Library, Jordan Branch

275 Creek Lane South, 952-496-8050

The Jordan Area Historical Society maintains display cases throughout the Jordan Library which feature rotating exhibits of Jordan’s history. The Jordan Area Historical Society was formed to document artifacts and other materials that tell the historical significance of the area’s past. The goal of the society’s displays will be to help the public become aware of the heritage of the Jordan area and promote knowledge of its past by making the collection available for viewing and research.

Special events throughout the year, including book sales, visiting authors and quilt show.