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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 "Must See" in Duluth

If you are spending a vacation in the Duluth area, the Glensheen Mansion is a must see. We went on a beautiful August morning and were well rewarded for our time. The standard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Omaha, NE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I had a brochure that said at your own pace. When I went to purchase my ticket, I was told that the self-guided tours are no longer. I was not happy about that as I like to take my time and not be in large groups. Went on the tour, which goes every 10 minutes. I think the tours need... More 

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Roland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you are spending a vacation in the Duluth area, the Glensheen Mansion is a must see. We went on a beautiful August morning and were well rewarded for our time. The standard tour (1 hour) was available, but we chose the extended tour (1.5 hours) and were glad we did. The difference in the tours was access to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This house is incredible. Get there early and you can walk around the property. Go on the 15$ tour, the tour guides do an awesome job telling you about all the pieces and the significance of things. This is a must for duluth. -Mike

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Be sure to see this and take the tour - it is very beautiful and very interesting to note the differences in the rooms. The grounds are also very nice.

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young america, mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

What a great place to see and hear about history! Our guide was very knowledgeable. The grounds are beautiful and the home is well preserved.

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Austin,tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The first thing you hear in Duluth when you mention Glensheen is that was the scene of in the words of Poirot "a murder, most foul." It is not mentioned on the tour and is a taboo subject. So if you are interested there are books in the gift shop and a big write up in Wikipedia. The house is... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I've toured quit a few mansion and beautiful homes in my travels...but ...this one will be a stand out above all others.The staffers were young and very enthusiastic about their jobs and very proud of Glensheen mansion.They were so well informed about the family -the mansion and it's construction and a good knowledge of Duluth.This is a tour not to... More 

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Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Tour guide did a good job with the history of this beautiful American Castle, while we walked through this 39 room house. We did the standard tour, but if you have an Entertainment coupon book, I would recommend the more expensive tour since the coupon gets you Buy One Get One Free! There are several staircases to climb, but rails... More 

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

On a very rainy day in Duluth, we took the regular tour of the Congdon Estate = Glensheen. The prices are fair and reasonable, the movie is good to see first, touring the grounds would add to the adventure. Our tour guide was glib and knowledgeable so our tour took on an interesting flavor from the general type of experience.... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We love seeing old houses and hearing about the history that goes along with them and Glensheen was really terrific. We took the extended tour that included going into the upper floors and into the attic and it was worth the money. The tour guides are UMD students as the estate is owned and managed by the University and the... More 

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