Duluth Bed and Breakfast was Once Home to Barnum Family

Northland Uncovered: The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek

DULUTH, Minn. – In the early 1900s several business tycoons filled Duluth as champions of their industry.

One of those men was George Barnum.

He built a home in Duluth that now serves visitors from around the world.

“Mr. Barnum was known as the “Grand Old Man of the Board of Trade.” His Barnum grain company was one of the foundation companies for General Mills,” said Joy Fischer, Co-owner of The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast.

Barnum built his home at 2211 E. 3rd St. in Duluth in 1910.

“As many of the millionaires did at the turn of the century to show off their wealth, accommodate all the guests that came to town,” explained Fischer.

In 20 years, the home has hosted about 20,000 people.

The idea of opening a bed and breakfast coming to owners Jim and Joy Fischer after their stay in one.

“We were enthralled at living in an historic home, making breakfast, making beds. We did the math. We could do this,” said Fischer.

The name, Firelight, comes from the 12 fireplaces located throughout the home.

To Joy, turning this home into a haven for out-of-towners is a way to continue Mr. Barnum’s legacy.

“He was a very generous, giving man, so we’re honored to share his history,” said Fischer.

The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek takes reservations all year.

In 2018, the B&B will be celebrating 20 years. In honor of this milestone, they’ll be hosting specials throughout the year.

For more information, call 218-724-0272, or head to www.firelightinn.com.

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