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Travel Back In Time at the Geddes Historic Village


PIERRE, S.D. -- If you are looking for an authentic western experience, this is the place! The Geddes Historic Village invites individuals and families to explore the many features of days gone by.

The Historic Village features the Original Papineau Trading Post, a Red, White and Blue Schoolhouse, a scaled replica of a Keelboat used by explorers Lewis and Clark on their famous journey, the Childhood Home of South Dakota's famed governor, Peter Norbeck, the WNAX Building, an original Claim Shanty, Pioneer Cemetery and more. All buildings have authentic displays inside.

Free, guided tours are available as well. Just drop by Duf's Amoco and ask for Ron, the local historian and caretaker of the Historic Village. He'll be sure to fill you and your family in on the rich history of the Historic Village as well as all the other great attractions Geddes has to offer.

"The museum has been up and running since last fall and has truly been a great addition to the town of Geddes," said Ron Dufek. "We welcome all to stop in, visit and make a weekend out of it. Lodging and other accommodations are located right in the heart of our quaint town for individuals and families to experience."

To learn more about the Historic Village of Geddes, visit

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special "In Your Own Backyard" link at to access the complete list of articles.


The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.