You Said Yes! Weddings in the Village of Yesteryear
Looking for that special place to hold your wedding ceremony? Built in 1891 and furnished with its original artifacts, the warm and intimate Saco Church, nestled in the Village of Yesteryear, offers a simple, yet classic wedding venue ensuring your wedding day will be truly memorable.
The St. Wenceslaus of Moravia Catholic Church was originally built seven miles southwest of Owatonna in 1891. More than a century ago, it served as a center for the early Catholic immigrants from Bohemia. The church was a mission church and was first served by priests from Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna. The altar in the church was purchased in 1910 and moved by horse and wagon to the church from the train station in Pratt. The parish closed in 1952 due to a declining membership. Through the efforts of Father Kasal, then the priest of Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna, the church and all its contents were given to the Steele County Historical Society. It was moved to the Village in 1962. The church today is a special reminder of the religious heritage of Steele County and is completely furnished with its original artifacts.
The Gazebo in the Village of Yesteryear
In addition to the Saco Church, the Gazebo in the Village of Yesteryear provides a quaint location for your outdoor wedding. The lush lawn offers the perfect spot for your guests.
Looking for a modern facility for your special day? The History Center Atrium or Patio are wonderful locations for your special day.
The History Center also offers the perfect spot for your wedding reception and dance. The large Atrium with travertine floors and vaulted ceilings create a unique dance experience, while the Wenger Room with floor to ceiling windows provides a beautiful setting for your reception.
Booking a Venue
To book one of our venues, please contact the Manager of Meetings and Special Events.