Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

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

Sept-Oct:
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm
 
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

 

Admission

Get Tickets
  • $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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Sutler Store

Sutler Store

The post store served soldiers, officers and their families. See period merchandise and buy a snack.

History

The sutler was a government-appointed merchant who supplied garrisons with food, clothing, tools, and other items not provided by the military. The sutler’s store served as one of the garrison’s few links to the outside world as goods, news, and mail came through the store. Based on surviving records, historians have found that tobacco and alcohol were the most commonly purchased items in the store. The store also served as a social space where the enlisted men played cards, smoked and chewed tobacco, and visited in their few hours of free time. 

Archaeology

Archaeology provided details such as the location of the sales counter and examples of merchandise. One crate of clay pipes, for example, had been dropped in shipment; dozens of identical, new-but-broken pipes were found in the excavations. And coins found in the ground showed where the sales counter had once stood.

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