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Glensheen Mansion Goes Digital Amid COVID-19 Closure

Glensheen Mansion Takes Part in 'MuseumFromHome' Movement

DULUTH, Minn. – With the new normal of connecting via Skype, Facebook Live, and other social media platforms, Glensheen Mansion is making changes as well. Jane Pederson, Marketing Manager at Glensheen, connected via Skype with FOX 21’s Brett Scott Tuesday morning to let residents know how they can still have an interactive experience with the mansion. Staff has launched Glensheen…

Community Day Brings Hundreds to Glensheen

Free day of admission attracted many to the mansion.

DULUTH, Minn.- Glensheen Mansion saw quite a few people come through Sunday, as it was the next stop on the list of the City’s Community Day destinations. Tourist destinations that benefit from the tourism tax revenue each have a Community Day where special offers are available for anyone to attend. On Sunday Glensheen offered free admission for tours, including the…

Glensheen Sees Large Crowds Over Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. –  Glensheen mansion brings thousands of visitors through the historic grounds every holiday season. Management says, this is one of the busiest weeks they have at the mansion. From the Christmas trees, decorations and the elves- there’s something for everyone. One of the newer tour additions is the candlelight tour, which has increased in popularity over the years….

Glensheen New Home for Marcia Hales’ ‘Spirit of the Lights’

After 20 years in her Park Point backyard, light display moves locations.

DULUTH, Minn.- Glensheen Mansion will officially house another Northland Holiday Tradition Tuesday–Marcia Hales’ Spirit of the Lights display opens on the estate from 4 to 9 p.m. For more than 20 years the same lights were on display at Marcia’s Park Point home for all to enjoy. About 30-40 volunteers helped shine the lights again on Glensheen grounds. An undertaking…

Thousands Shop Local Items at Duluth Winter Village

Last year brought more than 20,000 people to the market.

DULUTH, Minn.- The grounds of Glensheen were packed for the 4th annual Duluth Winter Village outdoor market. Last year was the market’s biggest year yet with more than 20,000 people shopping the locally made gifts. According to organizers, this year is looking to be just as big as people continue to be attracted to what Duluth has to offer. “It…

Christmas Lights Up, Christmas Tours On at Glensheen Mansion

Choose from three different tours to take.

DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays are in full swing at Glensheen Mansion, with their Christmas Tours now underway. You can choose from three different tours at the mansion: a self-guided tour, a half self-guided full mansion tour, and the new candlelight tour. For the candlelight tour, staff turns off all the interior lights, illuminating the mansion in only Christmas lights. Staff…

The Hunt for Eggs

Kids of all ages came out to Glensheen to find Easter Eggs

DULUTH, Minn.- The hunt is on at Glensheen. Kids of all ages are coming out to look for 13 eggs hidden around the historic mansion. With the purchase of any tour on the grounds, families are able to experience the free Easter Egg hunt throughout the mansion. Glensheen staff say it’s all about the fun the event brings to those…

Winter Village Packed Away for Next Year

Annual Two-Day Event Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.-Winter Village at Glensheen Mansion was another hit, attracting roughly 20,000 people over the two-day event. The annual event gives small businesses a chance to show off their holiday goods to the masses. On Sunday crews were busy taking down lights, leaving their wooden cabins, and packing up. “It’s encouraging to see the businesses participate and the visitors come…

Tacky, Classy Holiday Décor Deck the Halls at Glensheen Mansion

The Inaugural Tacky Christmas Display is Now Open at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to decorating the historic Glensheen Mansion for the holiday season we think extravagant trees, classic ornaments and hundreds of feet of garland. But this year, that’s all changing, at least outside the mansion. This year, in addition to the 25 Christmas trees inside the mansion, Glensheen is bringing the Christmas cheer outside, too. The…

Goats Invade Glensheen

A herd of goats have invaded the Glensheen Mansion grounds.

DULUTH, Minn.-A herd of goats have invaded the Glensheen Mansion grounds. They arrived there earlier today to chew down on some unwanted weeds in the rain garden before winter settles in. Leadership from the historic site said they were brought in for a trial run to see if they would be a good natural option for weed removal rather than…

Glensheen Mansion to Offer Apple ‘Tasting Flights’

Visitors to the Historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth can Enjoy Apple Samples Starting Friday, September 28

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time ever starting Friday, September 28 and going through Sunday, September 30, Glensheen Mansion in Duluth will offer visitors ‘Apple Flights” for purchase. Guests will be able to purchase a flight of four different types of apples at the end of their tour. As Marketing Manager Jane Pederson says, “Each apple, like wine, has…

Glensheen Gardens Give for 12 Years

Vegetable Gardens Celebrate 12 Years with Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

DULUTH, Minn.- Since 2006, the Glensheen Vegetable Gardens have donated over 2,000 pounds of produce a year to the Second Harvest Food Bank, helping make over 10,000 meals for those in need. And this September, everyone can see what the gardens have to offer at their weekly Chef in the Garden show. Audiences will watch a Blackwoods chef in the gardens,…

Glensheen Renovations Underway

Staff say they are hopeful to begin fundraising to match the $4 million from the bonding bill by the fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – More changes are coming to the historic Glensheen estate. Four million dollars in state bonding funds are helping to cover the cost for the renovations. Some of the property at the 110–year–old property hasn’t had maintenance in about 100 years. So this is long overdue. One of the structures on the list for improvements was the Servants…

The Bar Is Open For Glensheen’s Lake Superior Beach Club

Glensheen access is free at four so you don't have to purchase a tour to enjoy the club.

DULUTH, Minn. – You’re invited to Glensheen mansion’s new hotspot. It’s called the Lake Superior Beach Club. You can enjoy the shores of Lake Superior while having a cocktail. The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Glensheen access is free at 4 p.m. so you don’t have to purchase a tour to enjoy the club. While you’re…

Glensheen Mansion, Now Open Late

Starting July 1, Glensheen Mansion will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Every Day

DULUTH, Minn. – A night at the museum will soon be a reality at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. Marketing Manager Jane Pederson announced Wednesday, starting July 1, Glensheen will be open extended hours until 9:00 p.m. every day throughout July and August. Pederson says it’s a way to help get more visitors through the historic estate, and also provide visitors…

Glensheen Kayak Series Kicks Off

Duluth Experience and Glensheen have partnered up so you can paddle along Lake Superior's North Shore as part of an evening tour.

  DULUTH, Minn. – Today kicks off the Wednesday Night Glensheen Kayak Series. Duluth Experience and Glensheen have partnered up so you can paddle along Lake Superior’s North Shore as part of an evening tour. Kayakers hit the water earlier today while getting some views of the historic mansion. The kayak series continues throughout the summer. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News,…

Glensheen Mansion to Host Free Classic Tours for Moms on Mother’s Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Mother’s Day is coming up and Glensheen Mansion is offering a fun way to spend time your mom. The Historic Congdon Estate is offering free Classic Tours for mothers on Sunday, May 13. This is in honor of Clara Congdon. The mansion is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Also in May, Glensheen is once again…

New Study Shows Glensheen Mansion Draws in Large Amount of Tourism

According to the study every homeowner in Duluth pays $37 less in taxes every year, because of Glensheen.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new study released Tuesday shows Glensheen Mansion now brings in around 90,000 out–of– the area visitors to Duluth each year. Glensheen Mansion is one of the leading tourist attractions in Minnesota. The study by an economic research firm reveals Glensheen brings Duluth more than $7 million dollars annually in economic impact. According to the study every homeowner in…

Twin Ports History to be Highlighted Through “Zenith City on Tap”

Northland Uncovered: Duluth and Superior History

DULUTH, Minn. – Each month, officials at Glensheen Mansion plan community events at the historic home. Coming up in February, they’re featuring the stories that built the Twin Ports. Zenith City on Tap is a history series by Duluth author Tony Dierckins. Dierckins is the publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. These talks will be happening every Wednesday in February….

New Tours, Events, Launch Glensheen Mansion to Record-Breaking Numbers

Northland Uncovered: More than 140,000 Visited Glensheen in 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Officials are counting record numbers at Glensheen Mansion as they look into the attendance for 2017. This is a trend that’s been on the rise over the last few years. “Which is really something to say because in 1981 the murder was on the press all the time,” explained Director Dan Hartman. Hartman tells FOX 21 this…

Glensheen Mansion Celebrates Christmas in True Congdon Form

More than 25 Christmas Trees Fill Historic Mansion

DULUTH, Minn. – Christmas is just a few weeks away and the folks over at Glensheen Mansion are already celebrating. The Historic Congdon Estate is decked out with lights, garland, and more than 25 Christmas trees. Christmas tours are in full swing at the mansion. All tours have a little Christmas flair with the beautiful decorations, and there’s even a…

Local Chef Builds Gingerbread Replica of Glensheen

Chef Mark Edwards started working on the gingerbread replica a month ago and used a cardboard model as a guide

DULUTH, Minn. – It weighs almost 100 pounds and took 12 hours over three days to create. One man has built a gingerbread replica of the well known Glensheen mansion. Mark Edwards, of Exchange Bakery, knows the place very well because he was their exclusive caterer for 15 years. He used a White House cookbook for the recipe that called…

Helpful Hands Prepare for ‘A Glensheen Christmas’

A Glensheen Christmas will Open Saturday, November 18 for Tours at the Historic Estate

DULUTH, Minn. – A crew of roughly 20 students and staff are working to deck the halls of the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth this week. When touring through “A Glensheen Christmas,” guests will be able to experience 25 Christmas trees and hundreds of feet of garland. Visitors will have the chance to find dozens of hidden elves during holiday tours. Many decorations…

Grounds Crew at Glensheen Prepares for First Snow

Northland Uncovered: Prepping Plants for Winter Freeze

DULUTH, Minn. – The grounds crew at Glensheen Mansion is preparing for the upcoming freeze. It’s big undertaking as the workers winterize the fountain in the formal garden by draining and scrubbing it, then covering it in plastic. They also harvest the rest of the vegetables and rake leaves. “The changing of the season always happens at different times this…

Glensheen Mansion Prepares for Fall Season Following Successful Summer

Northland Uncovered: Glensheen Mansion

DULUTH, Minn. – After a successful summer full of live music, nights by the lake and countless tours, officials at Glensheen mansion are preparing for Fall. Glensheen Marketing Manager Jane Pederson says several fun events are on tap for the incoming season. A new program series is starting up as we enter September: Chef in the Garden. Every Wednesday in…

Glensheen Introduces “The Best Damn Tour”

New Tour Includes Kayaking, Bonfire and Flashlight Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen officials are hoping to show guests their best time at the mansion yet with their new experience called “The Best Damn Tour.” This tour includes kayaking, a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior, and a flashlight tour inside the mansion. It’s offered every Tuesday through the end of September. Each tour is open to just…

Carpet Removed to Reveal Original Wood Floors at Glensheen

Red Carpet Had Been in Place for 40 Years

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion is revealing some old floors that look brand new. The red carpet has been removed from the basement to unveil the original woods floors throughout the level. The work was done throughout the month of April. The wood was refinished with a natural stain. This is the first time since the 1970s that this basement…

40 Years of Paint Removed from Glensheen Room

Stenciling Unveiled in Alfred's Room

DULUTH, Minn. – History is being revealed at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. Hard work is bringing life back to the walls of Alfred’s room. After 40 years in hiding the original stenciling in Alfred’s room is on full display at the mansion. “We really strive to make it feel like it was in 1910,” said Jane Pederson, Marketing Manager for Glensheen….

Original Stenciling Unveiled at Glensheen Mansion

40 Years of Paint Removed

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion in Duluth holds more than 100 years of history withing its walls and now original stenciling is bringing life to Alfred’s room. Conservators from Midwest Art Conservation Center are currently removing 40 years of white, latex based paint. The stenciling was originally covered up in the 1970s by request of the Glensheen Staff. This was…

Local Musicians Perform at Glensheen this March

Northland Uncovered: Glensheen Unplugged

DULUTH, Minn. – Music will soon be filling the halls of Glensheen Mansion. Local musicians will be performing inside the historic estate for their Glensheen Unplugged concert series. Marketing Manager Jane Pederson tells FOX 21 museum officials have been working on this project for more than a year. The performances will be on the lower level of Glensheen from 7-9…

Glensheen Looks to Keep High Tour Numbers in 2017

Moonlight Showshoe Events Held Wednesdays

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth landmark is seeing a record number of visitors. In 2015, Glensheen Mansion had the highest tour numbers the estate had experienced since the 1980s. According to Marketing Manager Jane Pederson, in 2016 the numbers were more than 20,000 higher than in 2015. Glensheen has started hosting events on Wednesday nights, with a different theme each…