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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….


Teri Ross

Saturday, June 9, 2018
This has been on my bucket list for many years, and I am finally able to cross it off. It didn't disappoint. The history of both the home and the family are fascinating. The docents are very knowledgeable and entertaining. We did the full house tour, including the third floor, which I highly recommend. Be sure to leave time to walk around the glorious gardens. In fact, bring a picnic. It is beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Superior.

JRob Zetelumen

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Gorgeous home and very good tour guides. It captures the highest level of opulence for its time. It was truly built to impress. In honesty, I would not actually want to live there. The breakfast room seemed cozy, but the rest was so formal that it didn't seem like a fun place to be.

Megan Gaffey

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
It was beautiful and the stories were interesting. A few too many people wondering about for my taste. The way they have the tour set up with it being self-guided and students available in the rooms to answer your questions didn't really work for me. By the time you got into the room they were in the middle of talking to a different group and so you never really got the whole story. Or you had to listen to it all over again. But the architecture and the location are incomparable. And if you love history like I do, it's definitely worth a visit.

Treelynne N

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Definitely a wow factor here! So much to see and explore within this huge mansion. The history is alive and visible all around. A unique opportunity and experience. High on cost but we did have a family of 3 kids and 2 adults. Kids aged 14 and 15 shouldn't be charged as adults though... Very well taken care of property. Staff was very nice, friendly and accommodating as well able to answer questions. Surprised there was parking available and wasn't overly crowded to tour with as busy as it was. Would recommend to others as well as will return someday.

Michael Riess

Monday, July 9, 2018
This was an excellent tour. I would highly recommend it. The staff was all extremely knowledgeable and helpful and answered every question I asked. The ground of the buildings wee fantastic and beautiful. I went on the nooks and crannies tour which I would recommend. This is definitely worth your time.

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