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Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

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4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • This estate is like it was in the early 1900's. It has been restored and is being restored to its original condition. The furniture and the interior is the actual interior of the Congdon's. The guide ...  read more »
  • My girlfriend and I stopped in to take a tour. I must say it was a great tour and very informative. Tour guide, from the University of Minnesota Duluth, was very informative on many details far deeper...  read more »
  • Great visit. Tour guide was so knowledgeable and shared so much information. Views were great. A must see attraction!! 
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Went on the self guided tour today. It was fantastic! All of the staff that were stationed in each of the rooms were very knowledgeable. They answered all of our questions. We did not feel rushed. Can't wait to go back and experience the guided tour so we can see the 3rd floor and attic!
  • This place is really cool. The house is beautiful and the guides are knowledgeable. Be sure to read about the murder before going as the staff do not tell you about it out of respect toward the family.
  • This place is an amazing place to go see and my wife and I have been there at least 3 times so why wouldn't we recommend it to our friends from out of town...well we paid for the extended tour(regular price) and normally they have a tour guide with you through the whole thing..however this time the only thing the tour guide did was the 3rd floor and attic...then proceeded to tell us that we had 75℅ of the house left and that we were on our own..I felt like I had to become the tour guide.. telling our friends all about the extras that our tour guide would have said but didn't... people started following our group around just for the extra information that my wife and I had that the tour guides would have given if they hadn't dropped the ball so bad..I feel like I over paid considering the price was regular and yet they only did half the job.. so disappointed
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