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“great day away”
Review of James J Hill House

James J Hill House
Ranked #4 of 119 things to do in Saint Paul
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Owner description: Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The James J. Hill House is a National Historic Landmark.
Hastings, MN
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“great day away”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I went and spent the day at the James J. Hill house. We both loved it. We were the only older people there, I think this may be offered as extra credit for college courses. It was very interesting how advanced they the architects were. We have talked about going back.

Visited March 2012
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Mpls., MN
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“life in a grand style”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Touring the mansion gives some taste of the life of the rich and famous of a century ago. A life style that allowed the ability to hire a large staff to wait on the Hill family and being able to roof over many square feet of floor space. Our grandchildren, at a certain age loved going back several times to peak in as many dark corners as they could and fantasize about growing up in such a house.

The history of the house after the Hill's died though, shows the impracticality of the life style and the architecture. The mansion became a white elephant, to large and to expensive to heat and maintain. Thank goodness the Historical Society was able to save the building for us all to see.

After we walked through and thought about, it didn't seem so luxurious. We take for granted greater conveniences and an easier life in our home today, we just don't have maids, butlers, valets and cooks.

Visited March 2012
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Excellent Halloween program”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Attended the Victorian Ghost Stories performance on Halloween evening. 3 costumed actors told ghost stories with sound effects, etc. Able to take an abbreviated house tour afterwards. Be sure to check their calendar for special events.

Visited October 2012
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Ames, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Limited viewing of rooms”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The tour of the house was interesting. All of the furniture is gone. They only let you see half of the rooms. Many of the rooms are off limits, but if you want to see them you can see them if you spend money and come back for another "Nooks and Crannies" tour. This seems a little like a tease! Would recommend it, but would not put it on the top of the list.

Visited October 2012
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Belton, South Carolina
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14 reviews
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“Outstanding Tour”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

A gorgeous house with tours led by docents who love what they do. Unbelievable condition. JJ Hill was undoubtedly a genious and his house proves it.

Visited October 2012
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