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Mayowood Mansion

3720 Mayowood Road S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
507-282-9447
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Ranked #9 of 23 attractions in Rochester
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Feb 23, 2014
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Lakeville, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Drove up to mansion, and before we got out a security vehicle pulled up to us and told us we had to leave. Not sure what the@#*% is going on...

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The Mayowood property is on a hidden driveway heading southwest from Rochester/Apache Mall. In the summer it is its own pretty space for a picnic in the backyard. The grounds are being renovated as is the beautiful staircase to the front door and the inside. It is a historical site you want to share with visitors, especially those interested in... More

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Rochester, Mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A beautiful mansion owned by the founding Doctors of Mayo Clinic. Fascinating tour during the holidays if you are able to make it. If you are in the area, register with the Olmsted County Historical Society in October for a holiday tour. You'll see the house decorated by local businesses along with the house set up as if you were... More

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Racine, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The home is under renovation but a very informative guide gave us a great tour. We had read a lot about the Mayo brothers and the home and property was beautiful. So interesting to see the home go this brilliant family.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Although the trolley delivered us to the mansion a bit late and picked us up before it was over, we still enjoyed the time we had there. While the mansion is under required renovation, it does not detract from the wonder of the story. I admit to being a bit put off by the constant reference to the "wiles of... More

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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We drove through the grounds--- fascinating-- but the mansion is undergoing much needed renovations. The Dairy Barn had a wedding going on!

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Plum City, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Our tour guide, Sharon, did a great job telling us about the mansion and its previous owners. Even though there was some renovation going on, you still were able to see what an impressive mansion this.

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The hour-long tour by our guide was informative, light-hearted, and awe-striking. The house and furnishings are in great condition, with renovation being done on the outside. Even so, I spent a second hour walking the grounds, reading the informative sign posts, and imagining what the grounds looked like in the past--Japanese gardens, bridges to islands, gazing pools. I will return... More

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Edina, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

It was fun to visit this historic home. Originally located on 3,000 acres of land, now down to just 5! Mayo Foundation or some such organization is refurbishing the home to it's originial splendor. Now that would be a tour, but it will be years before the work is completeted and I think it will be used for a business... More

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Rochester, MN
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12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This will probably be 5 stars by 2014 when major fixups are done. You can do tours most of the time but in 2013 realize there is a lot of construction going on: Mayo Clinic picked up ownership from the local Historical Society and is investing a lot of money to fix up major problems in the roof, footings etc.... More

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