• History

    Hastings History is the focus for many visitors.  Founded in 1820, the community works hard to preserve its history both in natural and cultural historic sites. Hastings is nationally known for its Victorian architecture and has a total of 62 buildings on the National Historic Register including 33 commercial buildings, 28 private homes, and 2 churches.  

  • The Historic Hastings Walking Tour has 57 historic sites for visitors to enjoy, each one giving a glimpse into the buildings past. On the tour are historic homes, estates, comercial buildings and landmarks that help build the city of Hastings. Included on the walking tour map is a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright who was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time". The walking tour map is located on page 2 of the Streets and Trails Map and can be accessed by clicking the link above.

     

  • LeDuc Historic Estate
    1629 Vermillion Street
    Hastings, MN 55033
    651-438-8480

     

    Built during the Civil War by one of Minnesota's prominent pioneer families, LeDuc Historic Estate is one of the last remaining intact examples of Gothic Revival residential architecture in the Untied States.

    William LeDuc rose to the rank of General in the Union Army Quartermaster Corps and later served as the U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture under President Rutherford B. Hayes. LeDuc’s wife Mary enabled their daughters to establish the successful Hastings Needlework Company in the early 1900s.

    The LeDuc family held ownership of the estate until 1940, when it was purchased by Hastings antique dealer Carroll Simmons, who donated the property to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1958. Visitors to Hastings will appreciate the beauty of the home and its surrounding grounds. Tours are often accompanied by volunteers offering historical information and ready to answer questions about the estate’s storied past.  The Estate is open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from May 26 through October 25. Guided tours start at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00.

     

     

     
  • Historic Downtown Hastings is located along the Mississippi River banks. Travel back in time with a walk down 2nd Street, where most of the shops and restaurants are in preserved buildings dating back to the 1800's.  During the summer months, Downtown Hastings is filled with people and classic cars for the Cruise-In Car Shows!    

  • Hastings City Hall is the second oldest surviving courthouse, finished in 1871. It stands majestic as visitors enter into Hastings from North on Hwy. 61.  Formally the Dakota County Courthouse, it was rededicated in 1993 as City Hall. The walls throughout the City Hall display local historic artwork. Located on the first floor of City Hall, the Pioneer Room is a historical records room focused on the town and citizens of Hastings, Minnesota. The Pioneer Room has artifacts from its citizens and businesses which include a historical photo collection, reference materials on Minnesota, Dakota County, and the City of Hastings history, plus genealogical records and newspaper archives categorized by topic or person.

     

    To visit the Pioneer Room or for tours of Hastings City Hall call  651-480-2367  
    Pioneer Room Hours: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
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