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A 7–acre plot of land on Chesnut Avenue has a rich history and an exciting future ahead.
"I think the property itself, the grounds; have a very cool vibe about them." Glenn Swanson said.
Built in 1894, the house was originally home to Henry Oldenburg: an attorney, conservationist and prominent figure in the community.
"Of course that's the reason we're on the registry; because of his association with the local community." Oldenburg House Proprietor Glenn Swanson said.
Glenn Swanson has been helping his mom turn the historic house he grew up in into the city’s first bed and breakfast.
They are working on turning two bedrooms on the second floor into guest suites.
Helen and her son started transforming the home she has lived in for 44 years after her husband passed away last year.
"When we came here, it was my husband's goal to get the place back to where it should be," Oldenburg House Manager Helen Swanson said.
After years of putting in their own touches,
Helen said her son convinced her to start sharing its beauty and its closeness to nature with others.
"I don't think anywhere in the world could you ever find any place to hang that would be better," Glenn said.
The property line has its own access point to the Munger Trail and sits next to Jay Cooke State Park, an area the home's original owner had a major influence on.
A more-than-century-old pool and the surrounding area have been home to weddings and will be open to the guests each day.
The opportunity to stay busy in a piece of serenity is what the Swansons hope will draw people in.
"It's kind of a sense of small town friendly thing, Glenn said. “You can come up here and almost be anonymous."
And, the host is pretty excited.
"It's fun to meet new people," Helen said. "And if they want to play Scrabble, that's what I like to do."
After more than a century of history, and only three families living there, the Oldenburg House will soon welcome others inside for an experience all about the outdoors.
You can find out more about the Oldenburg house by heading their Facebook page or logging on to www.oldenburghouse.com.