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Glensheen Estate

3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804
+1 218-726-8910
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Ranked #7 of 47 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely... more » Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey. Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs. Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list. « less
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Eden Prairie
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Excellent tour guide for a facility that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Because 90% of the furnishings are original, it has a different (better) feel than many historic homes that have been restored. Lots of repair work going on because of damage done by flooding in 2012. And on a rainy day, the grounds can't be fully... More

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Wylie, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We took the short tour and skipped the top floor as Marilyn doesn't do well with stairs. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the building of the mansion and of the Congdon family history. She was between tours and accompanied us as we walked the grounds and patiently answered all of our questions.

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Saint Paul Park, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We paid the extra to see the extra rooms. The attic was neat, and the stories behind the home were fun.

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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Very informative tour of the mansion and history of family that had lived here, beautiful décor and the fact of being able to roam the grounds prior to tour on our own was nice.

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Davis, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

A great 2 hour tour of this mansion with a narrative on most of the items in the house which was given to the University of Duluth, lock stock and barrel, The pictures, books, silver and furniture must be worth millions not to mention the 39 room house. The tour guide doesn't tell you about the murders there in 1997... More

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Blaine, Minnesota, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We've passed by Glensheen many times during our trip up to the North Shore area of Minnesota. We had never stopped until today and it was totally worth it. This place is stunning. From the decorative solid oak, cherry and mahogany woodwork to the exquisite furniture throughout the residence, it is a throwback to a day when fine craftsmanship was... More

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Ladysmith, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Was there for a wedding and allowed to tour the mansion after the wedding. It is beautiful and so interesting. The grounds of the estate are well kept and easy to access. Can't wait to go back.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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335 reviews 335 reviews
171 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We saw this place as we drove through Duluth and out of curiosity had to stop and look around. It is a gorgeous old mansion with spectacular gardens. Time did not allow a tour but, we'll come back another time as it looked very interesting.

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Saint Charles
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We went years ago, but liked going again. This mansion reveals lifestyle, history, and a spot by the lake to sit a bit and relax. Mansions are always lovely, especially this one. It doesn't take too long; you get to see the carriage house with carriage and the carriage lift as well as the mansion. My favorite rooms are the... More

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Little Falls, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My fiancee and I visited Glensheen last year in October and enjoyed the entire visit. We did the extended tour and was able to see almost the entire house. It costs a little more, but I found it worth it. The tour took about an hour and a half to see the entire place and we were allowed to wander... More

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