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Beautiful Restoration

As a fan of the Betsy-Tacy books, I was excited to visit the houses where the author and her best... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jmparry74
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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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Great tour

The detail and time spent by tour guide Ann was amazing and the houses were amazing. She related... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
diane_StPaul
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Saint Paul
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a fan of the Betsy-Tacy books, I was excited to visit the houses where the author and her best friend grew up. They have been beautifully and lovingly restored to show life in the early 1900s. The guided tour was only $5, and the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

The detail and time spent by tour guide Ann was amazing and the houses were amazing. She related numerous details tying them to stories in the books. Her attention also to other historical details were fascinating.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

The tour guides are outstanding in their storytelling and knowledge of historical facts. they are especially good with children but any age person will enjoy this little piece of Mankato, MN history.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed November 2, 2016

Even if you aren't a fan of the children's books you will be impressed by the period furniture and the history of the home. I had seen the home once before and enjoyed seeing it again.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

My family and I have visited this place before, and it has always been a learning and fun experience, but this was a special event: A Victorian Christmas. They had adults and children wearing Victorian costumes portraying the characters in Maud Hart Lovelace's children's book...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed December 10, 2015

These homes are historically accurate and well-maintained. They would be the highlight of any fan's trip to Mankato (Deep Valley). There is a small admission fee to the homes, but the gift shop is free. Located in the historic area of Mankato known as Lincoln...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 22, 2015

I am huge fan of the Betsy, Tacy & Tib book series and loved visiting this charming house. It is a fairly small space but very charming. The people working at the house were extremely knowledgeable and kind. Wonderful selection of items in the gift...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank MGale25
Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had arranged to have a private tour of the Betsy-Tacy houses and we hit the jackpot. Our guide, Kathryn, knew the author, Maud Hart Lovelace. She was able to context the books and compare the author's actual experiences to those of the characters in...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank kls925
Reviewed August 10, 2015

I've loved the Betsy-Tacy books since I was a young girl and have read and reread them many times. One of the places I've always wanted to go was Mankato to see where Betsy, Tacy, and Tib lived! The houses are restored to the way...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank htsteacher
Reviewed June 3, 2015

Costumed characters brought it all to life. Plan to go back during their Deep Valley Homecoming June 26-30, 2015. There are supposed to be many things going on around the town during that time.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Susan H
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