Minnesota is rich with historical sites to visit, and among them are some houses with amazing pasts. You will definitely want to tour these homes for a piece of history and a great story!
1. Glensheen Mansion
The most visited historic home in Minnesota, Glensheen Mansion sits on gorgeous Lake Superior, surrounded by amazing gardens. Though it may be beautiful, it has a dark past; the home was the site of double homicide in 1977.
2. James J. Hill House
Learn about the life and home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway!
3. Plummer House
Planned by Dr. Henry S. Plummer, a Mayo Clinic innovator, this 1917 house was ahead of its time!
4. Heritage House in Woodbury
This adorable 1870 home has been restored by the Woodbury Heritage Society and many volunteers over the years!
5. R.D. Hubbard House
Beautiful Victorian home of R.D. Hubbard, the founder of Hubbard Milling Company, the largest flour mill in southern Minnesota!
6. Mayowood Mansion
Designed by Dr. Charles H. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic, this amazing mansion and the surrounding gardens are full of historic charm.
7. The Big White House
Now a treasure-filled antique store, you can shop for your own piece of history in this amazing mansion!
8. Charles Lindbergh House
On the grounds of Charles A. Lindbergh State Park stands the boyhood home of the famous aviator.
9. F. Scott Fitzgerald House (Summit Terrace)
A National Historic Landmark, this home is the most famous of his residences and the site where much of his early work was written.
10. Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House
Built in 1871 by Sandford Hooper, this home details the history of Belle Plaine and has a 2 story attached outhouse...wow or yikes? What do you think?
11. Rølvaag House
This is the home of Ole Edvart Rølvaag, the Norwegian-American novelist who famously wrote about the psychological toll of pioneering on the American frontier.
12. Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
In Sauk Centre, you'll love a visit to the museum and childhood home of Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis.
13. Alexander Ramsey House
The home of Minnesota's first territorial governor is now a museum that will take you back to 19th-century St. Paul.
14. Gilbert Mansion
"The Jewel of Itasca County," this home will definitely take you back in time.
15. Turblad Mansion
Now part of the American Swedish Institute, the Turnblad family built this historic home inspired by their trips to Europe. Don't miss the amazing woodcarvings!
And the best news is, this is just a little slice of what Minnesota has to offer. Be ready because soon we’ll talk about historic homes where you can book a room for the night, or even get married!