The similarities between Eden Prairie and Welcome, a fictional town from Maud Hart Lovelace’s One Stayed at Welcome, are a bit uncanny. From the descriptions of the landscape to a few of the town’s characters, Welcome seems to be based on the Eden Prairie of the 1850s, and it has inspired the Eden Prairie Historical Society to create several programs based on the book, culminating with a trolley tour on May 21.
History buffs and readers can gather a group of friends, check out “book bags” containing 10 copies of the book from Eden Prairie City Hall and then reserve the Cummins-Phipps-Grill House to discuss the book with their group. “They can learn a lot about the history of Eden Prairie in a fun way,” says Eden Prairie Historical Society president Kathie Case.
The Cummins-Phipps-Grill House sits on the J.R. Cummins Homestead, which was established in 1856. Case says the historical society wants more people in the community to experience the house. The house will also serve as the backdrop for the Eden Prairie Historical Society’s annual vintage sale April 22-24. The sale features several vendors selling antiques and vintage goods.
To reserve space at the Cummins-Phipps-Grill House or a spot on the One Stayed at Welcome trolley tour, contact Kathie Case at 952.221.2560.
Cummins Market & Vintage Sale
April 22-24 Cummins-Phipps-Grill House