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Minnesota's famous Duluth mansion is getting a beer garden

Each week will feature beer and a chat with a different local craft brewery.

This summer, you can drink beer while walking around one of Minnesota's most famous mansions.

Every Wednesday in June, Glensheen Mansion in Duluth will host a "Beer Garden at Glensheen," where people can come, drink a local craft beer, and learn about one of the North Shore's breweries.

Each week will feature a different brewery. Here's the schedule:

The free event (you do have to buy the beer, though) is held inside Glensheen's Winter Garden, starting at 7 p.m. Brewers will give a short talk about their brewery at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to grab a beer and explore the grounds of the Glensheen Estate. Yard games like bags and ladder golf will be available to play, and there will also a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen tries to be as historically accurate as possible, and having a beer garden at the estate is true to history. According to the museum director, there was a beer garden on site before the Congdon family moved onto the estate.

Beer Garden at Glensheen

There was a beer garden on the estate before Glensheen was built. We thought it was necessary to bring that history back. See you every Wednesday night in June.

Posted by Glensheen on Monday, June 5, 2017

The "Beer Garden at Glensheen" series is the latest Wednesday night event at Glensheen in which the museum highlights local talent. Last summer, Glensheen hosted local performers for its Concert on the Pier series.

For information on other upcoming events at Glensheen, click here. Glensheen also has extended summer hours, so people can take a tour of the mansion before visiting the beer garden.

More about Glensheen

The Congdon family was one of the most influential families in Duluth, known for opening up iron mining in the area, as well as dedicating land for public use.

Back in the early 1900s, Chester Congdon and his wife Clara decided to build an estate overlooking Lake Superior. The 39-room home on 12 acres was completed in 1908. They lived there with their seven children, as well as Alfred Bannister, their nephew who was orphaned when he was 6 years old.

Glensheen Mansion became infamous in Minnesota following the 1977 murders of heiress Elisabeth Congdon (one of Chester and Clara’s daughters) and her night nurse.

The estate – and everything inside the home – had been willed to the University of Minnesota Duluth, which has worked to preserve and restore the property. It’s also open for public tours. And over the years, more and more rooms have been made available for the public to see.

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