Historic Fort Snelling is near the jct. of SRs 5 and 55 via the exits for Fort Snelling, with an entrance separate from the state park. The restored limestone fort was the northernmost military outpost from which the United States government enforced possession of the Northwest Territory in the early 19th century. Among the 17 buildings are the commandant's house, barracks, a store and a hospital. Costumed interpreters demonstrate 1827 fort life by performing cannon and musket drills, blacksmithing and frontier cookery. The visitor center offers exhibits and a short video. Varied events take place in the summer.