Director Talks 2016 Plans for the Historic Glensheen Estate

Northland Uncovered: Glensheen in 2016

Glensheen The Historic Congdon Estate had a record-breaking year in 2015. 

The mansion was upgraded with more than $4 million worth of construction.

“It hasn’t looked this good since 1910,” said Dan Hartman, Director of Glensheen. 

They also celebrated having the most visitors since the 1980s. There were more than 100,000 people touring the estate. 

Because of the big attendance boost, the mansion is staying open every day of the week. 

You can tour the mansion from 1-4 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

A new tour is launching in the Spring. This will be the “servant tour.” Guests will be able to see parts of the mansion they’ve never seen before. 

Hartman said there is about $26 million worth of construction that still needs to be done, “that’s why we’re going for bonding in the Spring at the state legislature, to get some of these other really critical repairs done.”

Some of those repairs will be on the boathouse that Hartman says only has about 5-10 years left. He added this is the only structural boathouse still on the shore of Lake Superior. 

Currently, there is about $1 million worth of construction happening. 

The tennis courts and the gardeners cottage will be fully restored. 

For more information on how to tour the estate, head to the Glensheen Mansion website. 

You can also call 1-888-454-GLEN, or (218) 726-8910.

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