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Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

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Address: 3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804
Phone Number: +1 218-726-8910
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Description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact...
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.
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A piece of Minnesota history, well worth seeing!

First, if you are going to tour make sure you pay the extra money and do the expanded tour! You get to see the entire mansion, including the attic. If you want to spend the whole... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews 120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

First, if you are going to tour make sure you pay the extra money and do the expanded tour! You get to see the entire mansion, including the attic. If you want to spend the whole day then you can purchase other add-on's like the flashlight or the nooks and crannies tour. Our tour guide (I think his name was... More 

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Miami, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Really informative tour about the history of the estate and life in the 1900s. They shy away from discussing the murders that took place there which I find silly because it's one of the reasons we visited to begin with. It is a part of their history.

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Crosby, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

There are some fantastic homes along London Road, and fortunately this one was turned over to the University of Minnesota, to preserve it for generations to come to see a period in our American and Minnesota history of the American spirit of hard work, early American opportunity, and also an architectural gem. A tour of this home is an experience... More 

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Mpls
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Things have changed so much at the house since I last visited. A perfect young gentleman was our guide, he did a terrific job of pointing out the details and hidden sites.

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St. Paul, MN
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5 reviews 5 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went to tour this and it was beautiful. The house was gorgeous and it was interesting to see the technologies that they had back then. You are not able to touch anything in there and I wish that you could go more into the rooms than we did, but it was still really nice.

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Minneapolis
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

What an amazing tour! A beautiful landmark- with an incredible history. Our tour guide was personable and very knowledgeable. We did the expanded tour which was well worth the extra money. After the tour- we walked around the grounds. Many wonderful photo opportunities.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is beyond beautiful, the grounds are amazing the history is something that you will find very interesting and the staff are very knowledgeable. You will love walking around the grounds and in the house. I have visited in he fall months as well as the summer and it doesn't matter when you go it always offers something breathtaking... More 

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Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Interesting tour and beautiful grounds. Very large grounds, be ready for lots of walking. We had beautiful pictures taken by the lake and flowers. Definitely a 1/2 day commitment.

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Spirit Lake, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Wow this mansion was amazing! Every room had a story to tell. They grounds were beautiful with all the flowers and the fountain; very well-kept. Our tour guide was very informative and answered a lot of questions from the group.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The mansion and estate grounds are beautiful. The tour was interesting and informative. The guide encouragned questions and provided good insights into the Congdon family. We enjoyed the tour.

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