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Village of Paynesville

Pictured above: The new Village of Paynesville.

The Paynesville Historical Society is CLOSED for the season.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays - Saturdays
Closed on Sundays and Mondays


There are four buildings on the grounds - an old country school, Ebenzer Church and two with displays.

The main buildings have a new "Village of Paynesville" featuring a turn of the century village with Paynesville businesses and a "150 Years in Paynesville" timeline of events in Paynesville, the USA and the world.

Ebenezer Church is being renovated and should be open summer of 2014.

If you have a donation, want a special tour, need information, call the museum at 320-243-7547.

Post Office

Pictured above: The post office in the new "Village of Paynesville."




Historical Society Columns
Lamps provide sunshine  •  Civil War monument still stands

Antique collection on display  •   Fort existed in Paynesville

History of summertime fun  •   Small towns have history

Quilting: A Work of Art  •   Museum open for the season

Hair pictures used as keepsakes 9.1.04  •   Fire departments date back to 1736 8.18.04

A brief history of photography 8.11.04

Wool used to make yarn 8.4.04  •  Beads and beadwork have long histories 7.28.04

Schools go back to 1800s 7.14.04  •  Paynesville had community band 6.23.04

Lake ice used for cooling 6.23.04  •   Windmills used as power source 6.9.04

Sunshine Lamps provided natural light 9.3.03  •  Indian life - good and bad 7.30.03

Battle of the railroads 7.23.03  •  Booklovers started public library 7.9.03

Kitchens 8.28.02  •  Dairy Cattle 8.21.02

Post Offices 8.14.02  •  Paynesville Museum 8.7.02  •  Clothing Styles 7.31.02

Military Exhibit 7.17.02  •  Indian Mounds 7.17.02  •  Area history 7.10.02

Woodworking 7.3.02  •  Wash day 6.26.02  •  Photography 6.19.02

Phone service 6.12.02  •  Sowing seeds 4.3.02

Sewing 8.29.01  •  Flower club 8.22.01

French 8.15.01  •   English 8.8.01  •  Scandinavians 8.01.01

German settlers 7.25.01  •   Indians 7.18.01  •  Shoe Making 7.4.01  •  Fishing 6.20.01

Blacksmith 6.9.99  •  Festivals 6.16.99  •  Children's Museum 6.23.99

Buffalo 6.14.00  •  Schools 6.28.00  •  Dolls 7.5.00

Paynesville Firsts 7.12.00  •  Early Cars 7.19.00  •  Indians 7.26.00

Mail Carrier 8.2.00  •  First 50 years 8.9.00  •  Zion Township 8.23.00

Booklovers Club 9.6.00

Girl Scouts 6.30.99  •  Moonshine 7.7.99  •   Museum History 7.14.99

Old Fire Truck 7.21.99  •   WWII Vets 7.28.99  •   Merchants Hotel 8.4.99

Radios 8.11.99  •  Odd Fellows 8.18.99  •  Farewell 8.25.99

Flour Mills 9.1.99  •  Blind Bill 9.15.99  •  Parfleches 9.22.99


Voices of the Past Series
Interviews of Paynesville residents from the 1930s
James Haines  •  Herbert Haines  •  Clarence Chisholm

William Schmiginsky  •  Gustave Lobitz  •  William Hoeft

Samuel Nehring  •  Herman Knebel  •  Isac Johnson

Dennis Kelly


Turn of the Century Articles