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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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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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This is an awesome tour put on by students that go to UMD.. A little pricey but it is a perfect summer activity-- tour the house and gardens then sit by the lake for a bit! Only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Duluth, Minnesota
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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an awesome tour put on by students that go to UMD.. A little pricey but it is a perfect summer activity-- tour the house and gardens then sit by the lake for a bit! Only disappointment is the price to go to the top floor and the paintings that follow your gaze ;) Overall, a very fun and... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This home was built by a minister's son who become an attorney / iron ore land speculator in Northern Minnesota.. The Glensheen home is a wonderful piece of architectural history and the home of the Congdon family. The home has 29 rooms spread over 27,000 square feet. Over ninety percent of the home is, as it was in the early... More 

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Thank clpj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With new leadership, the Glensheen has opened up to many more family friendly events on the grounds and seems to be trying to appeal to the repeat audiences. We loved the old way as well, so won't say one is better, but if you've already visited it might be time to stop again.

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Thank ReWynned
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a pretty amazing place, although I wished i would have come in the summer versus the winter. Good for families.

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Thank John R
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

nothing that exciting, I didn't find this historic land mark to be that amazing of a place. Staff was some what arrogant and unfriendly and the parking is a inconvenience

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Glensheen1908, Public Relations Manager at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, responded to this review

We are so sorry you didn't enjoy yourself on the estate. Many people do relish the 39-room mansion with 15 fireplaces crafted by renowned Minnesota artisans, but clearly it's not for everyone. Hearing that you felt our student tour guides were unfriendly truly pains us. We are dedicated to guest experience and will surely let your experience be known. Please... More 

Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on an unguided tour. No one hurried us along. We were free to explore each room at our leisure. There was a guide in most rooms - though not all - who assisted us with questions. The views out to the gardens and lake were spectacular.

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Thank 2sierra
Jane P, Public Relations Manager at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the self-guided tour! More 

Moose Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Glensheen Mansion is a really amazing place to visit. I would suggest a visit in the summer to enjoy the beautiful gardens and the lovely view of Lake Superior. The mansion was the sight of a terrible double homicide in the 1970's. That is another story. If you are looking for a tour of a historic house...a place to... More 

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Sylvania, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful house with great stained glass windows and lots of beautiful detail work. Very interesting facts. The house was decorated for Christmas and you could see how the family celebrated the holidays. Well worth a visit.

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

We're so pleased you enjoyed our Christmas tour! Keep an eye out for new offerings - we'd love to have you as our guest again. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have toured Glensheen a half a dozen times and it never disappoints. It is beautiful, mysterious, historic, and regal all at the same time. You really see or learn something new each time you visit. The grounds are so relaxing to walk but you cannot help but be reminded of what happened if you are there at dusk. We... More 

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Thank Scott I
Crookston, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I loved touring the Mansion. It is so beautiful. The tour guides don't talk about the Condon Murder, but it is still a great place to visit. We did the extended tour and were able to go up in the attic. The garden was beautiful in the summer.

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