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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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Very Interesting and historic tour

I love visiting Glensheen. The history is wonderful, the tour guides very knowledgable, and it's a beautiful places to visit in the summer. Take a look at the gardens and walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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virginia MN
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virginia MN
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I love visiting Glensheen. The history is wonderful, the tour guides very knowledgable, and it's a beautiful places to visit in the summer. Take a look at the gardens and walk down to the boat house.

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Rib Lake, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The visit here was arranged online through the estate web page. I opted for the extended tour ($26) which included the 3rd floor (boys rooms) and the attic. Our tour guide was very good and allowed our small group of seven to pause in each room to take pictures or ask questions. Though not an overly ornate mansion, the history... More 

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cedar rapids
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

planning on again visiting this home this summer. Noticied online that home has been used both inside and outside for a movie in march 2015. we will not be coming. our vacation dollars will be spent on houses, which are cared for so future generations can enjoy. filming inside a historic home is never okay.

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Jane P, Public Relations Manager at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, responded to this review

Thank you for your concern for the preservation of Glensheen. It is great to have individuals in the community who believe the house should be cared for in a way that future generations can enjoy. We agree with you on that! The preservation of the house was a major point of consideration before, during and after the filming took place.... More 

Superior, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Glensheen Mansion is potentially one of the most beautiful places for your wedding in Duluth. As a photographer I've worked there many many times since starting my business in 2003. The Glensheen staff are amazing, and the grounds have so much to offer.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews 120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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
32 helpful votes 32 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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