Douglas County Historical Society
1219 Nokomis St
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0382

Evansville Historical Foundation

Root Cellar


Evansville Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 337
304 South Gran Street
Evansville, MN 56326

(218) 948-2010


Office Hours
April 1-October 31: Monday-Friday 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
November 1-March 31: Tuesdays 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Other hours and weekends by appointment

The Evansville Historical Foundation is a not-for profit Institution.
Your support is welcomed and needed. Gifts are tax-deductible.

In 1984 Alf R. Thompson, an independent oil producer and philanthropist, founded the Evansville Historical Foundation located on the original Thompson homestead at 304 South Gran Street in Evansville. Mr. Thompson was born in this house and after the last residents left the home in 1987 it was remodeled, decorated, and dedicated in July, 1988.

The site consists of seven buildings. One of the buildings – The Thompson House – serves as an office and research center for the Historical Foundation and also houses the offices of the Mound Grove Cemetery Association and Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust.

The Evansville Historical Foundation Pioneer Village, in addition to the Thompson home site, features an exhibit hall (the former Johanson house), Eagle Lake Town Hall and annex, a country school, (former Douglas County District 90 moved to the EHF site), a log cabin built in 1892, (moved to the EHF site), a root cellar & dugout, the former P.G. Johnson home, which is dedicated to church artifacts, an authentic replica of a pioneer church, and a Catholic prayer house which originally stood on the grounds of Seven Dolors Cemetery in Millerville, MN.

The Evansville Historical Foundation has also been endowed to continue blessing the citizens of Evansville from now on.