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Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

Address: 3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804
Phone Number: +1 218-726-8910
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Ranked #6 of 41 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have been to the Mansion many times and love it every time .. It's huge and interesting to go back in time .. The grounds are wonderful to see also. It's a must see if you come tomduluth .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

As first a tourist of this city, and now a resident. Glensheen is a must. I always enjoy the tour. An incredibly unique step back in time. Go big or go home and do the expanded tour... You won't regret it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I did the expanded tour when the house was decorated for Christmas. The tour was fantastic and very informative. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house and the family. Since it is the winter there wasn't much benefit of touring the grounds. The house was nicely decorated but honestly I expected it to be more elaborately decorated but what... More 

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Blue Earth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very interesting and educational how advanced this mansion was for it's time. I wouldn't mind some of the features in my own home...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I've been to Glensheen Mansion multiple times throughout my life. And in the times that I had visited I had only done the grounds & main tour. The last time my family & I visited Duluth we stopped by Glensheen Mansion and we decided to do the expanded tour, which includes the grounds the main part of the house the... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very impressive estate as you drive up to it. I was interested until I found out the price of the tours. Very expensive to learn history about someone I have never heard of or cared to learn about.

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Blaine, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

From the home, to the grounds, to fabulous views of Lake Superior, this is a fabulous way to spend a summer afternoon in Duluth! You have to ASK for the murder/ghost story, but if you do, they will tell you!

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Duluth, Minnesota
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This estate and mansion have a really neat history. It's worth the stop if you've got an hour or two to spare. Be sure to really walk and enjoy the grounds and gardens as they are beautiful. As for the building tour, get any extended or expanded option they offer as the nooks and crannies of this mansion are really... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Four of us went to finally take the tour. We debated over the shorter version or the extended version. We are glad we went for the extended. We didn't feel rushed, we were able to ask a lot of questions and our tour guide was very knowledgable. We had a great group and others in the group were very knowledgable... More 

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River Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I have been up to Duluth many times but never visited Glensheen. It's been over 20 yrs since we've been there so we decided to make a short weekend trip up there and took the kids to Glensheen. While I would have liked to do the extended tour, we opted for the standard tour because of pricing.... More 

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