Located in southeastern South Dakota, in the center of a triangle formed by Sioux Falls, Yankton and Mitchell, Freeman has a population of about 1,300 and serves the larger community. Today, Freeman enjoys a strong sense of history and tradition. Freeman’s slogan “Rich Heritage, Bright Future” is is exemplified in the Freeman Area Veterans Memorial and the Heritage Hall Museum. The community continues to reflect the agricultural base on which Freeman was established, but also reflects a broad-based economy that includes strong retail, professional services and manufacturing components.
Established as a railroad stop in 1879, Freeman quickly became a center for immigrants – primarily Germans from Russia, who had arrived in the mid-1870s. The town was not officially incorporated until 1893.
Recreation / Community Events
Located 6.5 miles north of Freeman on U.S. Highway 81 is the area Corn Maze – open late July through October.
One of Freeman’s most well-known attractions is Schmeckfest, a festival that’s been held every spring since 1959. It features the foods, handicrafts, culture, hertitage and traditions of the Freeman community along with a full-stage musical production.
The Heritage Hall Museum exhibits over 10,000 items such as pioneer tools, pioneer household items, antiques, and native wildlife displays in an exhibit area of 24,000 square feet. The museum is 24 miles south of I-90 exit 364 on Highway 81 or 32 miles west of I-29 exit 47 on Highway 46. Once in town, the museum is at 748 South Main Street.
- Phone: 605-925-7127
- Website: freemansd.com/freeman
Source: City of Freeman