Descendants of the Woodbury Family visit Woodbury House on Home and Garden Tour

  • July 18th, 2013

One of my favorite things about the Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour is seeing previous residents and the descendants of earlier homeowners come on the tour and share their memories of the house with the current occupants. It is always a treat to see the the homeowners gain a deeper connection and appreciation for their own home. On this year's tour the grandson of Harlan Thurston visited the home grandfather's on Rice Street, a home he hadn't been in since he was a boy.

Anoka County Early Years

  • April 21st, 2013

Anoka County, organized on May 23, 1857, almost a year before Minnesota became a state, is located in the eastern part of the state, about midway between the northern and southern boundary limits. It is bounded on the north by Isanti County, east of Chisago and Washington Counties, south by Ramsey and Hennepin Counties and west by Hennepin and Sherburne Counties, and southwest by the Mississippi River.

The first white men known to have trod the ground that became the County of Anoka were (about 1680) Father Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan monk, and two companions. According to the record kept by Father Hennepin and still preserved, a band of over 100 Indians captured them near Lake Pepin and planned to kill them, but finally decided to keep them for slaves. A few miles below St. Anthony Falls the canoe of the white men was destroyed and they were compelled to