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Northfield Historical Society
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Northfield
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Northfield Historical Society cares for the historic First National Bank building that the James-Younger Gang attempted to rob on September 7, 1876. The museum tells the story of the brave citizens who fought Jesse James and the other robbers leading to the end of the James-Younger Gang. During the weekend after Labor Day each year, a live reenactment of the bank robbery takes place on the street. Additional gallery space in the museum explores a variety of local history topics that make Northfield a unique mid-western town. **GUIDED BANK TOURS** daily tours Memorial Day - Labor Day; Saturday tours Apr-May and Sep-Nov.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 1 August 2013

A very nice little talk/tour about the notorious Jesse James gang bank robbery in Northfield with great memorabilia and pictures. There was also a display of vintage band instruments to coincide with the Vintage Band Festival being held in town.

Thank Curly
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

History buffs will love this. A tour of james younger gangs hold up. Original building and many authentic artifacts from the event. Bullet scars to pistols. Its all here. The best part was our guide, who was dressed in period costume and gave us a very detailed tour of events. She really made it come alive. The whole town is one interesting thing after another. Great for architect students.
Want to see iteresting buildings - its here, An old mill - yep, Great flower display - see the college,
Cool hidden italian restaurant, thats here too, just too much to list.

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Reviewed 4 May 2013

This museum has come a long way from when I was a girl. The museum itself is fascinating. It includes a carefully reconstructed bank teller's counter of faux wood grain, (back in the day, hiring an artist to paint pine to look like oak was cheaper than buying the oak!) and the original bank safe so heroically guarded by Joseph Lee Heywood. There is a wonderful display of photographs and artifacts and a short video explaining the events leading up to the fateful day when Jesse James and his gang met their match with the citizens of Northfield. There is a wonderful gift shop with a most interesting selection of old-fashioned toys, books for all ages, t-shirts and more. Plan ahead and do your Christmas shopping here.

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Reviewed 31 October 2012

The actual bank the James - Younger Gang's attempted to rob on September 7, 1876. Lots of actual artifacts from the attempted robbery. The downtown area around the bank is also historical, with a lot of very nice shops to visit! This is a do not miss stop!!

Thank Danny U
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

The museum has been recently renovated. It has a neat gift shop and several rooms with exhibits. The first room is for local historical exhibits with change every few weeks. Some recent exhibits have been on the history of telephones in Norhfield, the girl scouts, and the 1862 uprising. The other three rooms are on the 1867 bank robbery attempt by the James-Younger gang. The first of these rooms gives an even-handed presentation of the background of the gang including their involvement in the War Between the States and their previous bank and train robberies. The second room is the restored bank itself including the original layout and much of the original furnishings. Be sure to get the inside story of the raid from one of the volunteer guides often dressed in period costume. The third room presents the aftermath which is as interesting as the raid itself - the escape routes, the shootout at Hanska slough, the capture of the Younger brothers and their life in prison. Allow close to an hour to take it all in.

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