Glensheen Mansion voted 2nd best 'holiday historic home tour' in U.S.

The mansion came in right behind Graceland.
Author:
Publish date:

You know you're getting big when you're held in the same regard as Graceland, the late Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee (but you already know that, of course).

Such is the case with Minnesota's very own Glensheen Mansion, which is ranked No. 2 in USA Today's "10 best holiday historic home tours" list – second only to the aforementioned Graceland. 

This is the result of a public vote, for which Glensheen made the final shortlist of 20 museum homes last month. 

The list honors attractions that "pull out all the stops for their holiday tours," as USA Today put it. 

Gleensheen was built on the shores of Lake Superior by Chester and Clara Congdon in 1908, and eventually donated to the University of Minnesota, which in turn made it into a museum open to the public.  

In its writeup for the home, USA Today praises the fact that "visitors can experience what Christmas was like for the Congdon family by touring the mansion illuminated by the light of Christmas trees."

It's something the 39-room mansion does every year, with hundreds of feet of garland and 25 Christmas trees going into the decor. 

But this year, there was an added touch; for the first time, Glensheen introduced an outdoor light display, which includes illuminated snowmen and a laser projection on its exterior.

On Friday, museum staff enthusiastically thanked voters for putting them so high in the top 10:

If you're interested in seeing it for yourself but might not have a chance to before Christmas, worry not – the museum will be holding its Christmas tours until January 6. 

 

Next Up

court gavel

St. Cloud man sentenced after traveling to meet minor he solicited online

Nathan Paul Grondahl learned his fate in a federal court this week.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Report: Contract talks between Kaprizov and Wild have 'gone cold'

The report states Kaprizov is drawing interest from the KHL.

IMG_1266

Glensheen Mansion reveals new coffee bar - with fresh donuts

It's located in the historic Carriage House garage space

Bogdan Vechirko

Charges against trucker who barreled through protestors could be dropped

Bogdan Vechirko will have to avoid legal trouble for a year.

Dychaun Chew - South High School Facebook

Loved ones mourn 16-year-old killed in Minneapolis hit-and-run

South High School held a balloon release for Dychaun Chew Thursday evening.

police lights

5-year-old dies 3 weeks after assault, mother's charges upped to murder

The girl died three weeks after the assault took place.

Related

Glensheen makes USA Today's 'Best Holiday Historic Home' shortlist

You can now vote for the Duluth mansion to make the Top 10.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Glensheen Mansion launches virtual tours

You can catch them on Facebook Live every morning during the week.

Christmas at Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Mansion reopening with 'Never Ending Christmas'

Museums can reopen under the state's new COVID rules.

Glensheen Mansion is free to visit on Sunday

The popular stately home is throwing open its doors for no charge.

glensheen obscura

Glensheen Mansion will show off its rarely-seen peculiar items this summer

The items, like creepy dolls and a skull, are usually tucked away in the mansion's many closets.

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 9.58.42 AM

The murder at Glensheen that you've never heard of

Decades before the famous mansion was built, blood was spilled on its grounds.