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Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.
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Gideon and Agnes Pond House


Explore this house year-round to learn more about the life and times of Gideon and Samuel Pond, the Dakota people and the missionaries who worked with the Dakota people during the mid-nineteenth century. Step back in time at the Gideon and Agnes Pond House and see what life was like in early Bloomington.

This house, the centerpiece at Pond-Dakota Mission Park, was the dwelling of Gideon Pond and Agnes Hopkins Pond from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. The Ponds served as missionaries to the Dakota Indians, and as farmers and ministers in the young community of Bloomington, Minnesota.

Following a move from the Bde Maka Ska area in 1843, Gideon Pond and Eli Pettijohn built a two-story log mission house near this site. Nine years later in 1852, Pond built a wood frame “preemption” house to lay claim to the ownership of the land. In 1856 Pond and some hired help constructed the Federal-style brick house you will see if you visit the site today. Attached to the wooden preemption house, it was constructed from a supply of approximately 60,000 bricks made of clay dug out of the river bottoms. Shortly thereafter, the log mission house was dismantled and the timbers were used to construct a split-level barn.

In 1910 the preemption house was dismantled and a two-story addition was constructed in its place. For over 140 years, the Pond House was home to four generations of Pond descendants. The City of Bloomington purchased the property in 1975 and undertook stabilization work in the 1980s. In 1995 a full restoration of the brick house was done during which the two-story addition was replaced by a replica of the original preemption house.

This house has been maintained as a museum by the City of Bloomington since the completion of the restoration work in 1995. The Gideon and Agnes Pond House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Educational programs and events schedule

Please join us for the many fun and educational programs held in the house and park throughout the year. Be sure to check below for upcoming events.

The schedule is subject to change. For last-minute changes or cancellations, call the 24-hour hotline at 952-563-8878 or visit the Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Fabricate rope, frontier style at the Pond House, March 2, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Learn basic needlework skills at the Pond House, March 9, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Learn about Dakota floral art at the Pond House, March 16, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Experience frontier maple sugaring at Pond House, March 23, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 30, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Create crafty campfire starters at the Pond House, March 30, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Experience frontier style candy at the Pond House, April 6, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Make an old-fashioned whisk broom at the Pond House, April 13, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 1–4 p.m.
Take a tour and learn the secrets of the Pond House, April 20, any time 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 12–4 p.m.
Explore the relationship between the Dakota people and the bison at the Pond House, April 27, 12-4 p.m.