Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm

The Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm (pronounced [ˈpiɾhʌlʌ]) is a historic farmstead in Embarrass, Minnesota, United States, now preserved as a visitor attraction. It was established by a Finnish-American family in 1909 and includes seven surviving buildings, including several constructed with traditional Finnish log architecture, and the ruins of a prior settler's log cabin dating to around 1895.[2] The farm was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 for its state-level significance in the themes of agriculture, architecture, and European ethnic heritage.[3] It was nominated for being one of St. Louis County's best examples of a Finnish-American farm with log architecture, and for its association with Finnish immigration to northeast Minnesota and the conversion of its cutover forests into productive farmland.[2]

Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm
Pyhala Farm barns 01.jpg
The Pyhala Farm's horse barn (left) and cattle/hay barn (right)
Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm is located in Minnesota
Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm
Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm is located in the United States
Anna and Mikko Pyhala Farm
Location4745 Salo Road, Embarrass, Minnesota
Coordinates47°39′46″N 92°11′11″W / 47.66278°N 92.18639°W / 47.66278; -92.18639Coordinates: 47°39′46″N 92°11′11″W / 47.66278°N 92.18639°W / 47.66278; -92.18639
Area40 acres (16 ha)
Builtc. 1895–1931
Built byMikko and Matt Pyhala
Architectural styleLog
MPSRural Finnish Log Buildings of St. Louis County, Minnesota, 1890–1930s MPS
NRHP reference No.03000521[1]
Added to NRHPJune 12, 2003

The property remained an active farm into the 1970s.[2] The Pyhala Farm is owned and maintained by SISU Heritage Inc., a non-profit organization based in Embarrass.[4] It is a stop on the Finnish-American Homestead Tours offered in summers through the Embarrass Information Center.[5]


At least 12 farm buildings were constructed on the property between the late 1890s and 1945. Still standing are a woodshed (c. 1910), a cattle and hay barn (built in 1928 and enlarged in 1931), a sauna (1924), a horse barn (1929), and a farmhouse (1942–1945). Two buildings are partially standing in a ruined state: a log cabin built circa 1895 by Charles Matson, an earlier Finnish immigrant who sold the land to the Pyhalas in 1909, and a circa-1910 calf shed. Minus the farmhouse, which is constructed of concrete blocks, each of these log buildings and ruins are considered contributing properties to the historic district. Also listed as contributing properties are a well and the agricultural fields.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Koop, Michael (2003-02-27). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Pyhala, Anna and Mikko, Farm". National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-09-15. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) With 14 accompanying photos from 2003
  3. ^ "Pyhala, Anna and Mikko, Farm". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ^ "SISU Heritage Inc". SISU Heritage Inc. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  5. ^ "Heritage Homestead Tours". Embarrass, Minnesota. Retrieved 2015-09-15.

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