Jonathan offers a unique history, beautiful setting and vibrant community life. The Jonathan Association works continually to maintain and improve neighborhood infrastructure as well as to provide a wide array of events and amenities that make Jonathan an unparalleled place to call home.
Jonathan’s fascinating history begins with the New Town movement of the 1960s. Jonathan founder, Minnesota state senator Henry McKnight, originally envisioned a stand-alone community of 50,000 where residents could work, live and play. The Jonathan Development Corporation faced financial woes and dissolved in the late 1970s, following McKnight’s untimely death, but the community lives on in the Jonathan Association.
To this day, Jonathan embodies an evolving vision of livable, sustainable communities. Many features that we take for granted–open space, walking paths, network technology connecting residents–were visionary when Jonathan was founded. Jonathan was also a site for architectural innovation, including Ralph Rapson’s “Red Cedar House.” Over the years, Jonathan has been the birthplace of events such as the Renaissance Festival and the “Little Dance in Chaska” Powwow, and served as charter sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 589 for nearly 40 years.
You can read more about important people and places in Jonathan’s development and view a variety of historical documents here.Historical Documents