The city of Chatfield, population 2,783, enjoys serving as the gateway to southeastern Minnesota bluff country. Originally named after Judge Andrew F. Chatfield, the town is also known as the “Chosen Valley” because of its choice location where the Mill Creek and north branch of the Root River meet, or “Bandtown, USA” because of its famous Chatfield Brass Band and one-of-a-kind music lending library.
Chatfield, a thriving community that straddles the Olmsted and Fillmore county line, is home to two manufacturers and a variety of retail and service businesses and seven churches. Chatfield’s largest employers are Tuohy Furniture Corporation, manufacturer of office furniture, Strongwell Corporation, manufacturers of pultruded fiberglass and carbon products, and the Chosen Valley Care Center, an 86 bed nursing home with assisted living apartments. Chosen Valley Public Schools have an enrollment of approximately 1000 students in grades K through 12. The famous Mayo Clinic and the Rochester International airport are only twenty miles away.
Historic sites include the War and Peace Museum (507-867-3810), the Brass Band Music Lending Library (507-867-3315), the newly renovated Carnegie Library (507-867-3480), and Haven Stone Wall on Winona Hill. The list of recreational possibilities is endless, including canoeing on the Root River, trout fishing, golfing, viewing the abundant wildlife including white tail deer and wild turkeys, or visiting the swimming pool, tennis courts, ball fields, and picnic parks. Mill Creek Park is 47 acres which includes camper parking, ball fields, a horse arena, sand lot volleyball, horseshoe pits, bike paths, walking trails, trout fishing, skateboarding, hockey, skating rink and picnic areas.
In addition to camping facilities, Oakenwald Terrace Bed & Breakfast and several guest houses are available. Any time of year is a good time to visit Chatfield, but fishing enthusiasts will want to consider the Trout Classic Fishing Contest on the Saturday closest to the 15th of April. Those who enjoy autumn might want to consider the Fall Festival of Color on the first Saturday in October. Chatfield’s major celebration is Western Days, the second weekend in August, which includes a Peoples Market, parades, horse show, trail rides, carnival, food stands, a play, concerts, dances, and fireworks.