Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

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Experience early 20th-century luxury and a collection of artifacts at Glensheen, The 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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Duluth using our trip planner.
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  • My husband and I checked out Glensheen while in the area for a wedding and we're so glad we did! The house itself is stunning and the way the history has been preserved is so impressive. The grounds.....  more
    My husband and I checked out Glensheen while in the area for a wedding and we're so glad we did! The house itself is stunning and the way the history has been preserved is so impressive. The grounds.....  more »
  • Worth the cost of admission! Ask the staff questions. Pay for all the floors - it will be worth it. Walk the grounds afterwards. The staff rotates positions on the hour so ask each one what... 
    Worth the cost of admission! Ask the staff questions. Pay for all the floors - it will be worth it. Walk the grounds afterwards. The staff rotates positions on the hour so ask each one what...  more »
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  • Pretty cool overall, but I have a feeling spring/summer are a better time to visit then November. They have 2 entry costs, $20 or $30. We did $30 because we wanted to see the entire property. $20 removes the 3rd floor and attic. Honestly, since these are self-guided, $30 felt like too much and not worth the extra $10. They should really just have 1 fee and make it $20 or $25. There were also many closed doors in the mansion that made you wonder what was behind them. Particularly in the servants area. It's kind of a let down to pay $30 and not see everything and leave wondering what was behind the doors. Even if it's just storage or empty, I'd like to know. Oh and the carriage house as well. Apparently there are carriages upstairs but it was blocked off. It was still interesting though and the info boards they had everywhere were cool to read.
  • I have an annual membership. The grounds are, in my opinion, worth spending the most time exploring. The landscape is great in the Fall and Summer. The on-site coffee is always hot, no iced coffee, and there are alcoholic beverages in the summer. Donuts are big and fluffy. There are plenty of places to relax, like the secret rope swing, hammocks, and picnic tables. The fish are huge and seem to wait for you to throw them something to eat. The creek is very pleasant, shade from the tall trees, and there are very few bugs. Its quiet. The flowers in the garden are gorgeous. Pebble beaches for skipping rocks. It’s a perfect place on a summer’s day.

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