ACHS Riverfest and Heritage Home and Garden Tour

Back-to-back community events take center stage to showcase the legacy of heritage that surrounds the daily life of Anoka County residents.
The Anoka County Historical Society welcomes guests to the History Center during Riverfest Saturday, , July 8, for its 150th birthday celebration.


The Ticknor Hill house, now a bed and breakfast, was built in 1867 and sports a fashionable Third Avenue address. A new exhibit in the history center explores the life of four generations of Ticknors, from Heman through his great-grandson, who fought in the second World War. Among artifacts on display will be family land grants approved by King George III of England in the 1700s, family photograph albums, clothing worn by Anna Greenwald Ticknor, and Ticknor Smith’s dog tags from his time in service.


The day will include performances by the students of ‘Nmotion Dance Center of Fridley, special live musical appearances, as well as treats of ice cream and cake. This event is free and family-friendly, though donations to ACHS are always appreciated to maintain the facility.
The following day, July 9, from 1-5 p.m. will bring mysterious mansions, secret traditions, and musical gardens to life on this year’s 14th Annual Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour.


This tour will feature several historic landmarks and homes in the city while also benefiting both organizations as a fundraiser.
Along the route, guests will discover an elaborate birthday celebration at the Ticknor Hill.


Other stops will feature fraternal organizations past and present of Anoka, an opportunity to have a conversation with a professional gardener and soil conservationist, and the surprise of musical sculptured art in addition to the beautiful neighborhood gems tucked away along the streets.


Advanced tickets are available for purchase at the History Center, by phone 763-421-0600, or online at for $12 each and the day of the tour at the home for $15 each.