Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate
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….
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.
peter the lesser
I'm not much for Manson tours. Liked this one. College students in most rooms providing information and answering question. Very helpful. Outside the building many booth selling crafts. Not too crazy about that unless the proceeds went to the students or college.
Very interesting. The tour is highly recommended and the staff knows absolutely everything about the history of the house and the Glensheen family. This site is built into the fabric and history of Duluth and the surrounding area. You can't hear about Duluth without hearing about Glensheen mansion. The view of Lake Superior and the surrounding area is magnificent.
Mary Beth Desens
It would be good to note that ticket sales open early so if you want to get an early tour, buy online or get there early! That being said, 3/4 of the staff is made of college students who are helpful and informative. They rotate positions so they are knowledgeable in all areas. Wear comfy shoes as there is plenty of walking. Great sites to see. I would come back, but I would choose a different tour so I could see more. I would also like them to post info on what they do with all the garden food.
Amazing mansion to check out. You gotta at least do the full mansion tour. Lots of information and lots of things to see. The guides are college students and the one we had was very knowledgeable.