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Cottage Grove Events


Strawberry Fest

The Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest is a four-day, family focused event that offers something for everyone. An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people will enjoy wonderful food, fantastic bands, a carnival and much, much more!  Families and friends come to the event to be part of the community while they relax and enjoy the kick off to summer.  Show your community support and join us for Strawberry Fest 2016  Visit our website often and we'll keep you updated on coming attractions. We will look forward to seeing you at Kingston Park!

Winter Lights Contest

The City of Cottage Grove is partnering with the South Washington County Bulletin to present the Annual Cottage Grove Winter Lights and Decoration Contest. We are brightening those long winter evenings by recognizing neighbors who decorate in style for the holidays. Entries will be judged on creativity, holiday spirit, overall appearance, theme, and use of LED lights. Qualifying nominees must be located in Cottage Grove and displays must be visible from the street.

Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Claus Visit

Join Mayor Myron Bailey, City Council members, and city employees as we throw the switch and light our tree for the holiday season. This annual tradition includes hot apple cider, holiday cookies and Park High School Choir singing carols. Santa arrives at 6:10 pm on a fire truck.  When the big guy arrives the countdown to light the tree will begin. Be sure to visit Santa after to have your photo taken and get a candy cane inside City Hall. The evening’s City Council meeting will begin at 7:15 pm and as always, everyone is encouraged to stay and learn more about the operations of Cottage Grove.

Weddings and Special Events - Hope Glen Farm

Hope Glen Farm is an historic and picturesque farm located just minutes outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. It is surrounded by the majestic Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, which offers scenic views and a serene backdrop for your wedding or corporate event.

Our restored 1860’s civil war barn with loft, large pavilion, corn crib, well house and outdoor areas have been the location of many memorable weddings and events. The farm offers the perfect mixture of beautiful landscapes, rustic elegance, and a deep sense of history in a private and rural setting for the enjoyment of your guests.

Call Hope Glen Farm today at 651.459.4220 or 612.202.2886 for more information or for a tour of our grounds. We look forward to making your event special!

Cottage Grove Ravine Park

Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park consists of 515 acres of hills and dramatic, heavily wooded ravines with occasional clearings of old field and prairie. This varied topography and landscape types means that its slopes receive different sun exposures. This creates an unusual variety of vegetation and habitats. Look for grouse, ermine, cottontail rabbits, deer and a number of bird species, including the pileated woodpecker.


Cottage Grove Business Community

3M - Cottage Grove

Our beginnings were humble rocks, but after more than 100 years, we know how to rock science. Every day at 3M, we explore, we connect and we invent. And we’ve opened the door to show the world the unique, multi-dimensional ways 3M science can touch your life.

We’ve started the conversation with a fresh new look and new way of talking about ourselves that makes us excited to share. We’ve always been storytellers and inventors at heart, but now we will show you why we do what we do. And while we may look different, we’re still the same 3M, ready to connect and work together with you to create the future.

So explore with us. We think you will be amazed by all the ways 3M science impacts your life.

Sheehy Construction Company

Since 1955, the Sheehy family has prided itself on providing their clients with exactly what they wanted and more - more quality and craftsmanship than they expected and more savings than they thought possible. From one generation to the next, our reputation and business grew because we passed on the values of honesty, integrity and quality.

Gathering the right people to do the best job is one of the most important things that CEO Mike Sheehy learned from his father Cyril E. Sheehy Jr., the company’s founder. Cy knew the work started and ended with the people, and would be only as good as those performing the job. Work ethic, strength of character, attention to detail, expertise and pride in their skills were values that showed up in the end project by the people who worked on it day in and day out. Having the best people meant the client would get the best result. It was just that simple.

Renewal by Andersen

Renewal by Andersen is the window replacement subsidiary of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 110 years. Drawing on the Andersen tradition of over 100 years of quality, innovation and craftsmanship, Renewal by Andersen was founded with the objective of creating a different and better window and door replacement experience for homeowners like you.

Our process begins with a free in-home consultation to listen to your needs. We then custom-make beautiful, energy-efficient composite windows andprofessionally install them for optimal performance. Finally, we back both the products and installation with one of the strongest limited warranties in the business—providing you peace of mind for years to come. Click here for a copy of our limited warranty.

Since opening our first store in Minnesota in 1995, Renewal by Andersen Corporation has rapidly grown to more than 100 markets in the U.S., becoming one of the largest replacement window companies in the country. And, since we’ve installed nearly 3 million windows, you can trust us to do the job right.

We invite you to give us a call regarding your project and experience for yourself the Renewal by Andersen difference. We’re confident you’ll join our thousands of happy customers that tell us, “We love our new windows!®”

Historic Cedarhurst Mansion

Cedarhurst Historic Country Estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the summer home of Cordenio Severance, a prominent Minnesota attorney. Cedarhurst has earned a reputation as one of the Twin Cities' most memorable and refined venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate functions, meetings and social occasions.  

For more than a century, Cedarhurst has played a leading role in Minnesota's social and political history by welcoming guests of world prominence including 4 U.S. Presidents (Roosevelt, Harding, Coolidge and Taft) and foreign dignitaries.

Cedarhurst has made fantasy weddings a reality for brides and grooms.  Whether you are planning an intimate ceremony in our tranquil English gardens, a summer reception in our 100-foot long open-air veranda or an opulent sit-down dinner with dancing in our Cass Gilbert ballroom, your guests will be enchanted with our historic splendor, polished service and superb cuisine.

Cedarhurst Mansion is available to host seated dinners for up to 200 guests and a reception with 200+ guests will require a tent.  Click here for more details.

Our staff will work closely with you through each stage of your wedding planning from hosting your wedding service in our English garden to sharing your first champagne toast in the adjacent garden and finally sharing your first dance in the Cass Gilbert ballroom.  Make Cedarhurst Mansion your first choice for making your special day an unforgettable event. We look forward to working with you. Contact us today for a private viewing.

In addition to hosting wedding parties at Cedarhurst Mansion, our historic mansion is also the perfect backdrop for hosting birthdays, anniversaries, retreats and other events.  We will work with you to coordinate all of your food and beverage selections as well as related vendors (i.e., florists, entertainers, bakeries, etc.).‚Äč

History of Cottage Grove

Most of Cottage Grove’s early settlers came from New England. They recreated the East’s Greek Revival architecture and style of government, giving the township the nickname “New England of the West.” Most were grain farmers who saw the area’s fine natural advantages of rich soil and convenient access to markets. Many turned to dairying and Cottage Grove became known for its creameries and dairy farms.

One of these New Englanders, James Sullivan Norris, became the founding father of Cottage Grove. After stints at St. Croix Falls, Afton, and Grey Cloud Island, he made a claim in 1842 in section one on a farm he called “Cottage Grove.” Fellow New Englanders Joseph W. and Theodore Furber settled in Cottage Grove in 1846; their brother John moved into the area in 1851. John and his wife, Isabella, ran the general store in the small settlement that grew up in the neighborhood of these first farmers.

In 1854 John Furber built his family a two-story home on what is now called Lamar Avenue. With its Italianate design, clapboard siding, and tall, narrow windows it looks like a transplant from New England. Because of its significance in county history, the home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic home still standing was built by Robert and William Watson around 1851 from lumber that had made its way via the Mississippi River from St. Anthony Falls.

In the spring of 1871, John and Joseph Furber platted the village of Cottage Grove—now Old Cottage Grove—on a parcel of land in section 12. A drug store, dry goods and grocery store, two blacksmith shops, and a wagon shop soon provided the hum of business in the new community. There were two doctor offices, those of Dr. A. H. Steen and Dr. William Furber, a fine hotel—the Cottage Grove House—and several churches. In the late 1870s, several German-speaking families settled in eastern Cottage Grove, adding cultural diversity to the area. The first county fair was held in Cottage Grove in the fall of 1871.

Old Cottage Grove was able to thrive as an inland town because it was connected to the river towns by wagon roads. A road was opened from Grey Cloud Island to Stillwater via Old Cottage Grove and Afton in 1851. Another early road that ran through the village was the Military Road authorized by Congress in 1850 to run from Point Douglas to Fort Ripley by way of St. Paul. Hastings Avenue, which connected the township with St. Paul, was replaced in the 1940s by all-weather Highway 61.

In 1869, the St. Paul & Chicago Railroad (now the Milwaukee line) constructed a rail line through the western part of the township from Hastings to St. Paul with a station at Langdon. The railroad village of Langdon, platted in 1871 by J. T. Dodge, quickly turned into a bustling trade center and shipping point. Soon it contained an elevator and feed mill, hotel, three stores, blacksmith shop, and a school. A Catholic Church was built in 1873. By 1875 George Woodward and others had organized one of the first creameries in Minnesota as the Langdon Butter and Cheese Factory.

The Cottage Grove Lyceum was established in 1852 by several early settlers anxious to promote education and social reform. The Lyceum Hall, built in 1855 near Old Cottage Grove, became the home of the first public library in Washington County, and location of the settlement’s annual town meetings. A local newspaper was published there as well, It was used as the town hall for 17 years, after which meetings were moved to a new town hall in Langdon.

By the turn of the century the township with its two rural villages had approximately 100 residents. Cottage Grove remained a rural township for over a century. But in the 1950s, with the advent of Thompson Grove, a housing development of ranch-style homes, the once-rural area began to experience the effects of suburban sprawl. The population jumped from 833 residents in 1950 to over 4,800 by 1960, and more than 13,400 residents by 1970. By 2000 Cottage Grove was home to about 30,000 people and was one of Minnesota’s fastest-growing communities.

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