The Carlton County Historical Society hosts several events throughout the year. Check this website, local newspapers events listings, or our Facebook page to see what's coming up next.

Coming Events

Forging Friendships

Come again

Sunday, July 30th, 4-7 Spafford Park in Cloquet

Blacksmiths played an important role in creating our “Wood City”. They made

and repaired chain, tools, wheels, handles, hooks, horseshoes, and other iron items

needed by loggers and farmers. Onlookers will have a chance to use the forge to

create their own small tool.

Free, no pre-registration required.


CCHS is partnering with blacksmith Brian Lokken, who will be teaching basic smithing to onlookers at Spafford Park. We will have a display of iron artifacts and information about CCHS.

What: represent CCHS, answer questions, and help Brian as needed

When: Sunday, July 30, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Spafford Park

Time requirement; 4 hours

Physical requirements: standing (bring your own lawn chair)

Perks: volunteers are assured an opportunity to make an iron hook or bookmark

Please call or email if you are interested!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Forging Friendships event in July! We would love to see you back at the next one!

Carlton County Fair

Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21

  • New this year: follow the Potato Patch Path and learn about the machinery used to

grow potatoes in earlier times. Look for signs at the south entrance to the


  • Visit our authentic log cabin to see how cozy life could be without central heat,

water faucets, and electricity.

  • Visit our machinery building to see historic farming implements, wagons,

carriages, even a horse drawn school bus.

  • All visitors will receive a book about the history of Carlton County! Special fair prices on our books.

The log cabin and machinery building are open

Thursday, August 18, 11-6

Friday, August 19, 9-6

Saturday, August 20, 9-6

Sunday, August 21, 11-6