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Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth
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Experience early 20th-century luxury and a collection of artifacts at Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate. The house was completed in 1908 as the home of successful lawyer and investor Chester Congdon and his wife, Clara. The 39-room mansion and the surrounding 2.8 ha (7 acre) estate is now owned by the University of Minnesota-Duluth. You can tour the gardens and the interior, which is adorned with mahogany, silk, and gold leaf. Much of the furniture, decorations, and other items are the original pieces that were brought into the house in 1908. Tours are conducted frequently, so you won't have to wait long for one, and you can also purchase the tickets online. See Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate and all Duluth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Duluth travel itinerary maker.
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  • I enjoyed the tour very much! Our tour guide did an excellent job. Explained things well and pointed out interesting details as well as highlighted her favorite parts. Highly recommend! 
  • Chester and Clara Congdon's home was built between 1905-1908 costing $854,000 which would translate to around $21 million in today's money. There are 39 rooms, 15 bathrooms, 15 fireplaces on 4 floors....  more »
  • The tour was well worth the money. The house is absolutely beautiful and full of rich history. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the house. 
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  • Don't miss this unique tour. The Congdon family played a vital role in the early history of Duluth, the state, and the iron-mining industry. Their sprawling estate grounds and home are exceptionally well preserved, and offer a time-machine window into life, culture, architecture, wealth, and lifestyles of over a century ago. The guides do a good job interpreting the construction features, furnishings, and artworks. Many fascinations and surprises await you. Here are just three examples: 1) The "all lights on" security system; 2) Unusual steel and concrete construction for fire avoidance; 3) Ingenious electric signal-pointers to summon servants, 4) Even the stables have clever feed-storage-delivery systems and name-plates for the horses! If you like history, politics, business, art, architecture, or the lifestyles of the wealthy, you need to visit!
  • We did the full mansion tour and got to go up to the 3rd floor, which apparently was a new thing this year. The tour guide said he'd only been there about 5 months but he was great and VERY knowledgeable. The grounds and beach front are beautiful with spots to have a campfire and sit during the night. The tour was really interesting and offered a cool glimpse into life (of the rich) 100+ years ago, as the house has been preserved as best they can. I'm not even a history fan and really enjoyed this tour. Not a good place for little kids, as they can't touch anything (like most museums!)
  • I definitely recommend the full-house tour. It's very interesting to hear the story of each family member and appreciate the details throughout estate. It's a great "tourist-y" thing to do while visiting Duluth!
  • Beautiful mansion with a captivating history. The self-guided tour is as expected. I took off one star because some very important historical events were not even mentioned during the tour. Regardless, this is a must see in Duluth. Built in the early 1900's for around $850K, that's nearly $25M with inflation!
  • Glensheen has been the hilight of my Duluth trip. Historical mansion, beautiful on the inside and out. The 1.5 hour tour was great. The guide knew his stuff and was prepared to answer all questions that came up.