Freeman,S. D. - The petty town that could

Freeman, S. D. © Judy Wells
They may non hold back similar much driving through but pocket-sized towns inwards the Sioux Falls, SD, expanse convey surprises as well as charm galore. The best business office for Levelers is that steep hills are few as well as stairs are express to a few steps. Freeman was my favorite.

Freeman is a community of German linguistic communication Mennonites, Hutterites as well as a Scandinavian or iii alongside gently rolling prairies. Lots of farming hither but that's non what impresses.

A happy Schmeckfest consumer. From the Schmeckfest website.
First, for 53 years, this town of 1,200 only about has been feeding 1,000 visitors a nighttime for 4 nights at its annual restrain Schmeckfest, a tasting of Russian German linguistic communication foods as well as demonstrations of how they are made. From the showtime year, involvement as well as demand for tickets convey stunned residents until the betoken they express tickets as well as extended the give away of nights. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 ticket to a Freeman Schmeckfest is equally difficult to uncovering equally i to a Green Bay Packers domicile game.

As if that weren't enough, it is accompanied past times a full-scale musical. Past efforts convey ranged from the Mikado to The Sound of Music

In 2013, Schmeckfest is scheduled for March 15, 16, 22 as well as 23 with tickets going on sale this calendar month (November). Fiddler on the Roof is the musical production.

Entering the Prairie Arboretum. © past times Judy Wells.
Then a few visionaries decided what their town needed was an arboretum as well as outdoor amphitheater for concerts. So they built one.

Gazebo. © past times Judy Wells
The Prairie Arboretum is an idyllic 40-acre topographic point with master copy sculpture as well as gazebo, surrounded past times a stream that connects a twosome of stocked lakes.

First hold back within Heritage Hall. © past times Judy Wells
That blended nicely with the Heritage Hall Museum as well as Archives, a cavernous - 24,000-square-foot facility filled with to a greater extent than than 20,000 examples of pioneer life from tools as well as farm equipment to native wild fauna displays as well as family items.
A few of the cars inside. © past times Judy Wells
















A few farm vehicles. © past times Judy Wells


















Diamond Valley School. © past times Judy Wells
Surrounding it are restored buildings - pioneer homes, a schoolhouse as well as churches.

Looking over the Archives room. © past times Judy Wells
The Archives is a researcher's dream with to a greater extent than than 10,000 books, periodicals, documents as well as photos on as well as of the area's immigrant families. Also on hand, 2 17th century Luther translations of the Bible.



Sioux saddle used inwards the Battle of the Little Bighorn. © past times Judy Wells
The gems of the museum are the 450-plus rare items on display inwards the Plains Indian Artifacts Exhibit. During the two-week Good Girls inwards the Badlands road trip beau move writer/photographer Debi Lander and I took through the Dakotas this summer, we saw only virtually every Plains Indian collection on display, as well as this was the best, easily beating out those inwards universities as well as state museums. That a town the size of Freeman has this is remarkable.
Ghost Dance shirt. © past times Judy Wells


We could convey spent hours here. You may desire to produce the same, as well as therefore relieve fourth dimension for a chip of whimsy.
Picture yourself equally Grant Wood mightiness have. © past times Judy Wells


What else is inwards Freeman? Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 golf game course of educational activity with a pop restaurant, Dave's Grille, as well as the annual QuiltFest, a two-day present with demonstrations as well as nutrient on the Freeman Academy Campus.

Hutterite communal kitchen as well as dining room. © past times Judy Wells
There are several Hutterite communities inwards the Freeman expanse as well as tours tin give notice hold upwards arranged inwards advance past times calling 888-595-9755 or 605-925-4444. The Hutterites, who believe inwards communal living - "having all things inwards common," equally the passage inwards Acts goes - are an offshoot similar the Mennonites as well as Amish of the Anabaptist crusade of 16th century Radical Reformation.
The residential expanse of a Hutterite community. © past times Judy Wells


Freeman,S. D. - The petty town that could