Prospect House & Civil War Museum, Battle Lake

#89 of 173 in Museums in Minnesota
History Museum · Museum
The Prospect House, a Georgian-style "mansion", was the first house, a later the first resort, in Battle Lake, MN. James A. “Cap” Colehour, a veteran of the Civil War, migrated to Battle Lake, MN and built the first house in town called the “Chicago House” in 1882. In 1886 Colehour built an addition onto his house and began to offer his home to visitors, which he then called "The Prospect Inn", as a seasonal resort hotel. He operated the resort until 1924 when he retired at age 82. Cap’s daughter, Kathrina, and her husband, Ernest Wilkins, remodeled the interior five years later, in 1929. The house’s furnishings and décor have not been changed since that time.

Continually inhabited by descendants of Cap Colehour since 1882, the four stories of Prospect House are filled with priceless artifacts, including a large exhibit room on the lower level dedicated to the Civil War. Historical markers around the yard tell the story of the Prospect House, which is on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

The Prospect House and Civil War Museum is open year round. Call (218) 864-4008 for a tour appointment reservation.
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  • We drove by this place several times while visiting the Battle Lake area, decided to stop and go in one day. As it turns out, the founder, Ray, who lives in a house behind the manor house that is the....  more »
  • The museum is not on the regular path, but the nearby city is cute, and has good dining options, even for vegetarians. It really is worth the time to stop in, enjoy a meal, and take in the tour...  more »
  • This is a very nice family run historical house. You'll get a personally guided tour of the house,which is very interesting. Besure to visit the basement where there are a lot of artifacts to see. My favorite time to go is when they have civil war tents and a canon all setup.

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