Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
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Hours

Closed for the season except for special events.
 
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
Sept-Oct:
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm

 

Admission

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  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 veterans and active military
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Museums on Us: One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders the first full weekend of every month. Bring your card and picture ID.
  • Free parking

 

Contact

612-726-1171

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Married Quarters

Married Quarters

Married soldiers lived here with their wives, who were often employed as laundresses at the fort. Learn the old-fashioned way of doing laundry.

History

Built to house two companies (around 80 enlisted men) the Stone Barracks had 10 squad rooms and several kitchens in the basement. Extra rooms were used for storage of company property and to house laundresses and their families in shared quarters. The Stone Barracks housed troops until 1885 when the fort was used as an ordnance depot. The once substantial, but increasingly decrepit, structure was demolished in 1903.

Today

One of the squad rooms has been furnished to represent the living quarters of multiple families living at the fort during the 1820s.  Throughout the army’s history women were allowed to live at military posts, provided they were married to a soldier and worked for the military (often as a laundress or hospital matron).  Though it looks crowded to us today, the notion of privacy and personal space was different during the 1800s. Two separate families sharing a single space of this size during the 1820s was unusual outside of the military. However, by the mid - 1800s such living arrangements were more common in urban tenements among many immigrant and lower class families.

 

 

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