In the early 1890s, the Manfred area was settled primarily by immigrants from Europe who were seeking a better way of life. Through determination, those early pioneers built their homesteads and found life in the Manfred area to be good.
In 2000, preservation efforts were begun, to safeguard the history for future generations.
In 2017, Manfred Historic District was honored to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places as 'an excellent example of an agricultural town that showcases both the rise and decline that was common of rural towns.' It was noted by the National Review Board regarding this nomination that 'it's about time that small town America be recognized, which has for too long been basically forgotten and neglected.' Visitors are invited to come experience for themselves this delightful small town America!