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Mendota in Dakota County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Faribault House

 
 
Faribault House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 27, 2010
1. Faribault House Marker
This interpretive panel is at the front left of the house.

[photo captions]
The Faribault House, about 1905, with the main street of Mendota just up the hill.
Faribault House, about 1897; For several summers in the 1890s the Faribault and Sibley houses were home to the St. Paul Art School. Here students are shown sketching on the lawn.
Inscription. In front of you stands the Faribault House, built by long-time fur trader Jean-Baptiste in 1839. Faribault was originally from the Montreal area, and had been associated with the British and American fur traders since the late 1790s. He built this spacious home for his wife, Pelagie, and their children. In 1853, after Pelagie died, he and his son Alexander moved to what is now the town of Faribault

After Jean-Baptiste left, a series of owners tried to make a living as hoteliers. By the 1860s the once-thriving town of Mendota was losing ground to the rapidly growing Minneapolis and St. Paul. Once demand for temporary lodging fell off, the home became a farmhouse.

By 1900 the Sibley and Faribault homes were shells of their former glory. Both were used as warehouses for onions and potatoes, and a railroad spur was built right to the front of the house to facilitate loading and unloading. Originally restored by the Works progress Administration in the 1930s, the Faribault House was acquired by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1935.

The Faribault House became home to the substantial DAR collection of Indian artifacts and served as a museum of relics. Today it is restored to the 1840s and houses an exhibit on the history of the site after the Civil War.

Just up the hill to
Faribault House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
2. Faribault House and Marker
the west is St. Peter's Catholic Church, the oldest parish in the state. Father Lucien Galtier arrived in the area in 1840, and by 1842 he built a chapel just west of the Faribault House. In 1853 Father Augustine Ravoux built a new chapel, which still stands today.

Historic Fort Snelling
Minnesota Historical Society
Sibley House Historic Site
All images are from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society

 
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 44° 53.264′ N, 93° 10.003′ W. Marker is in Mendota, Minnesota, in Dakota County. Marker is on D Street 0.2 miles north of 1st Street / Sibley Memorial Highway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota MN 55150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Where the Waters Meet" (here, next to this marker); Mendota / Sibley House Association (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Stone House (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Sibley and Old Mendota
Faribault House <small>D.A.R.</small> Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 27, 2010
3. Faribault House D.A.R. Plaque
Built by Jean Baptiste Faribault pioneer fur trader.
Presented to
The Sibley House Association Minnesota D.A.R.
by the
State of Minnesota
January 5th 1935.
Dedicated
May 5th 1937.
Restored by
The Federal Government
Minnesota State Highway Department
The Minesota Daughters
of the American Revolution
.
[symbol of the Daughters of the American Revolution]
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Henry Hastings Sibley (about 300 feet away); Sibley House Historic Site (about 600 feet away); St. Peter's Church (about 700 feet away); Mendota / Sibley House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mendota.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jean-Baptiste Faribault. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.) 

2. Friends of the Sibley Historical Site. The Faribault House. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.) 

3. Families of the Sibley Historical Site. Jean Baptiste Faribault. "In 1819, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Leavenworth, being impressed by Faribault's knowledge and understanding of the Dakota Indians, offered him military protection and assistance if he would settle near the new fort at the mouth of the St. Peter (Minnesota) River." (Submitted on November 6, 2010.) 
 
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The Jean Baptiste Faribault House image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 27, 2010
4. The Jean Baptiste Faribault House
1839
The D.A.R. plaque is to the left of the entrance.
Nearby St. Peter's Church image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
5. Nearby St. Peter's Church
Built in 1853
The oldest church in continuous use in Minnesota.
 
 
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