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Brookings County Museum, Volga

Volga is located seven miles from Brookings and close to Oakwood Lakes State Park. Volga was originally named “Bandy Town” but changed to Volga, meaning “great river” after the Russian River although the community was settled by Scandinavians. The Chicago-Northern Railroad was expanding west from Elkton and was the lifeline for Volga.

During the second weekend in June, the community celebrates the annual Old Timers Weekend with an Friday evening social and Fireworks at MeadowCreek Golf Course. Saturday events include a 5K Fun Run, parade, kiddie tractor pull, city park events, free swimming, softball tournaments, and the Volga Fire Department’s Street Dance.

Volga City Park, located along the west side of Volga, features picnic shelters, 9-hole disk golf, volleyball court, horse-shoe pits, playground equipment and swimming pool. The Brookings County Museum Complex, located in the City Park, showcases history from the early days of settlement. Included in the museum are an 1870 log cabin, vintage farm equipment with an antique tool room, one-room country schoolhouse, and an early two-story Brookings County home.

Meadow Creek Golf Course features natural prairie and wetlands within its challenging 9-hole course.  This popular course is open to the public.

Spend time here and discover for yourself why Volga is such a vibrant community.