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“Beautiful Estate - Chilling History”

Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate
Ranked #7 of 94 things to do in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful Estate - Chilling History”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I knew a little about the history of the Congdon family and wanted to go and see the grounds one beautiful fall day at the end of October 2013. I walked the beautiful grounds, gardens, beach and trails and also visited the gift shop where I bought a book about the murders. The place is beautiful and was decorated with hundreds of carved pumpkins - it was really stunning. Next time I go I will take the tour to see the inside of the mansion itself.

Visited October 2013
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Charleston, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful home”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Growing up in the area, you never know what's there until you leave. Came back to visit family with my husband and toured the Glensheen for the first time. While the murder story is interesting, what's far more so is the incredible Jacobean architecture. The priceless breakfast room, the woodwork, etc...while most of Duluth is run down you can definitely see the beauty of her heydey reflected in this masterpiece of a house.

Visited June 2013
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Buffalo, Minnesota, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Delightful”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

One of the mysteries of Duluth~a murder.
Have visited many time and never tire of the tour held in the beaurtiful mansion and the grounds are fun to roam around on after or before the tour.
May purchase books written on the topic of the murders that were committed inside the mansion.
The mansion is so unique and beautiful. History very interesting. The man of the family was way ahead of the times in some of the luxuries they had in their home.
Well worth stopping while in Duluth and going on this tour if you like histories of a town.

Visited January 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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103 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Worth the price of admission”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Even if you don't love history like we do, you will enjoy the tour of this historic home. The guides share interesting stories about the history of the family, the house and the area. It is an enjoyable and interesting walk back in time.

Visited October 2013
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Longboat Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“You have to Go!”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Read the books before you do though! It's like stepping back in time. Amazing to see, fascinating history in this house. Well worth the trip.

Visited November 2013
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