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Andrew Peterson Farmstead

Peterson, Andrew, Farmstead
Andrew Peterson Farmstead
Nearest city Waconia, Minnesota
Coordinates

44°51′50″N 93°43′30″W / 44.86389°N 93.72500°W / 44.86389; -93.72500Coordinates: 44°51′50″N 93°43′30″W / 44.86389°N 93.72500°W / 44.86389; -93.72500

Area 8.5 acres (3.4 ha)
Built 1867
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79003713[1]
Added to NRHP October 11, 1979

The Andrew Peterson Farmstead is a farm just east of Waconia, Minnesota, United States, on Minnesota State Highway 5. The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with its first owner, Andrew Peterson.

Andrew Peterson emigrated from Rydsnäs, Sweden in 1850. With his sister and fourteen other emigrants, they arrived in Boston on July 2, 1850. He arrived in Burlington, Iowa about four weeks later and lived there for four years. He later moved to Minnesota in 1855, claiming 160 acres (65 ha) near the southeastern shore of Lake Waconia.[2] He kept a series of daily diaries and ledgers dating from 1850 until a few days until his death in 1898. These writings provided inspiration for Vilhelm Moberg's novels The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home, although they were set in Chisago County, Minnesota.[3]

While Andrew Peterson is not familiar to many Americans, his story is well known in Sweden. The Andrew Peterson Society was established in Sweden in 2003, and in 2007, a tour group came from Sweden to visit the farm.[4]

References

External links

  • Andrew Peterson Society
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