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Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

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Address: 3300 London Rd, Duluth, MN 55804-2010
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+1 218-726-8910
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact...

Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey.

Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs.

Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list.

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The Vintage Charm

Dazzle your guests with refined elegance that can only be found at The Glensheen. This historic beauty is placed on Lake Superior Shores and has quite the interesting murder... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Duluth, Minnesota
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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dazzle your guests with refined elegance that can only be found at The Glensheen. This historic beauty is placed on Lake Superior Shores and has quite the interesting murder history. You can book your fairytale wedding, private parties with the on-site coordinators or just walk through on a daily tour.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful mansion with tons of history. The tour guide was excellent. Our tour guide told us wonderful stories of the past. I would recommend this tour to people that are over the age of 10 Although The mansion is not fully accessible for people who have a hard time with stairs. They just recently opened up the third floor for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a gem. Been there twice. Really well preserved. Shows all the details the family thought through. 1.5 hour tour is worth the cost. Won't talk about murders unless you ask specific questions. Worth a visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an extremely interesting place to visit when in Duluth exhibiting an extremely affluent lifestyle in the early 1900s. The grounds occupy 12 acres on lakefront and the building was erected in1909 and cost $850,000 to build way back then. The equivalent of $80 million today. Chester and Clara Congdon moved in with their 7 children and assorted maids,... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very lovely place to go to! I loved learning about the family's history. I would for sure go to this place again in the near future.

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If your looking for things to do or see in Duluth I recommend taking this tour, you will not be disappointed. Its a fabulous structure built for the Congdon family many moons ago.

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Big Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had never visited Glensheen but it was our list... What an interesting place, full of all kinds of history. We went on a weekday and had our own personal tour guide. The site is run by the University of Minnesota -Duluth and I'm assuming most of their workers are students. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This was my 5th visit and every time I am in awe !! This was the first time I saw the mansion decorated for the holidays, AMAZING ! It is a must if you are visiting Duluth.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Paid extra for the servants tour expecting to see the whole house plus the servants quarters since it's extra and the description on their website isn't very detailed. Got there and we were ONLY shown the servants quarters, none of the rest of the house. The servants quarters make up MAYBE a fifth of the house.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is an excellent tour that provides a look back into the 1900's in Duluth and the history of the Congdone family between 1908 - 1920. It is very interesting to see the conveniences and comforts that a wealthy family was able to enjoy back in 1908. The mansion was begun in 1905 and finished in 1908 for a cost... More 

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Jane P, Public Relations Manager at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, responded to this review

Thank you for the fantastic review! We hope to see you back soon. Maybe when it is warmer and you can explore the grounds a little more :) More 

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