I've been waiting for a cool day to check this out,
today fit the bill...nice and cool
(My kind of day)
It was also the last day of the Historic Hayrides for the summer.
I was intrigued by the story of the Stoppel homestead
In 1856, two Stoppel brothers, Joseph and George settled side by side in Rochester Township. The George Stoppel Farmstead stands today as a national register historic site to commemorate the early pioneers and agricultural history of SE Minnesota.
The little doorway on the left was the first home the Stoppels' built, the barn was built later.
The inside of their first home....so small,
Constructed by the Stoppel brothers from the limestone they mined from the hill behind the house.
Now that's more like it. A very cool stone house.
This house has yet to be restored, we weren't allowed inside.
A little diddy about the caves on the propery
The red door is usually locked, but for tours it's opened
and we get to go in and checkout the caves.
Carved out of the limestone hills, this one branches off to the right and left into two other rooms
I was the last one out!!!
More to follow about the old school house, stay tuned