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Duluth - Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate

3300 London Road

Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 7-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.

Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908 as their home. This influential family is known for opening up iron mining in this region and setting aside land for public use, such as the North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park.

Glensheen was donated to the University of Minnesota and opened as a historic house museum in 1979 and, here’s the amazing part, the collection is intact. The top hat in the closet? That was Chester Congdon’s. The letters in the desk drawer? Those were written by Clara. The sheets in the linen closet? Organized by the Congdons’ 2nd floor maid nearly 100 years ago. And that’s just inside the mansion….


Jack Anderson

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
An interesting place to check out as a tourist. It would be hard to regret. 2 quarrels: -We paid for the expanded tour which was recommendable because otherwise you only get to see about half the house. I would be disappointing if we had ended up skimping on it. that said, our tour guide really had no interesting information and it felt to drag on. After our formal tour, the rest of the staff was much more knowledgeable. I'm just flagging that it's mostly student labor here so if you're a big history-buff you shouldn't be expecting historians to answer every question. -Really strange that they completely ignore the murders. I understand that they're trying to respect the family, but this is a historical site and it feels deceptive. History has both positives and negatives.

Rachel Stanton

Friday, March 9, 2018
Interesting place, run now by UMD. Student guides, very knowledgeable and very young. A lot of the original furnishings and belongings still in place. I recommend the full mansion tour. One word of caution - the only bathrooms available prior to the tour are outdoor portables. Come empty!

Ron P

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
A must see destination for anyone in the area. Our last visit was 15 years ago, but we went around Christmas time for the candlelight tour. More like the save electricity tour, by turning off most of the lights, but our guide was very knowledgeable. I had forgotten how amazing the house is. Well worth the price of admission.

a s

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Amazing historical house. Very well kept up. They also will have live music by the lake during the summer months.

Elle Holland

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
This place is so rich in history and beautiful. The tour was informative and the staff was friendly. We went in the fall so the colors and smell of fresh fallen leaves 🍁 was a bonus! I highly recommend but only if your kiddos are 10 or older, It’s a long stretch for young ones.

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