History buffs won’t want to miss the town of Fountain, the western gateway to the Root River State Trail, and home of the Fillmore County History Center. The History Center, located at the intersection of County Highway 8 and Highway 52, houses a complete museum of antiques, collectibles, and memorabilia from the past. It also offers a comprehensive library of information on the genealogy of Fillmore County. Of special interest are two airplanes constructed by Bernard Pietenpol, who resided in Cherry Grove, and was a pioneer aviator. A must-see is the collection of over 35 restored Oliver tractors. Also, a rural one-room school from the Fountain-Preston area has been renovated and restored.
Fountain offers an assortment of retail establishments, including Drury’s Furniture, offering quality furniture in room settings, and considered one of the leading furniture stores in southern Minnesota. Other businesses include Herman’s, Village Square, Willie’s Grocery and Locker, The Bent Wrench, Los Gables, Fillmore Fitness, Fountain Building Center, Johnson Insurance Agency, The First State Bank of Fountain, Key to the Past, and Valley Design Enterprise.
Fountain’s annual Trail Days celebration is held the second weekend in June. For the outdoor enthusiasts, biking, hiking, roller blading and cross-country skiing are popular pastimes on the paved Root River State Trail. A park area, adjacent to the trail, offers visitors picnic shelters, a play ground, volleyball courts and a ball field.