White Oak Fur Post
Learning Center & Fur Post
Step back in time to the late 18th Century with a trip to the White Oak Fur Post and experience the life of fur traders of that time. The site features a fully reconstructed 1798 Northwest Company Post with features that interpret Northern Minnesota history. See the company store and clerk’s quarters, the home of the Bourgeois, blacksmith shop, outdoor clay baking oven, garden, root cellar, smokehouse, and voyageurs’ winter quarters. The Gil Quail nature trail includes plants labeled in English, French and Ojibwe with directions on how each plant was used in 1798 for medicines, shelter and survival. The site also features a blackpowder shooting range and a primitive campground with 20 sites of private wooded camping.
Make reservations for your group to have a unique 17th century style five course dinner served by costumed servers in the Great Hall. Group tours of the post are available by appointment.
The fur post offers a wonderful History Days program each spring with a variety of educational workshops for youth and adults. The Annual White Oak Rendezvous & Festival is held the first full weekend of August each summer and is open to the public. Check the calendar of events for the exact dates of these and other fun Grand Rapids area events.