During the past couple of days we’ve visited a few houses over here in Wisconsin and Minnesota, each one different, but each housing families in the early 1900s.
Our first house tour was in Superior Wisconsin, where we visited Fairlawn, a mansion built in 1891…
…the family only lived in the house a few years when Mr.Pattison died unexpectedly. His wife moved the family to California and the house became a children’s home for several decades.
Inside the first floor has been restored to look as it did when the family lived there, while the top floors describe what life was like when it housed dozens of children.
We also toured Glensheen, a mansion in Duluth Minnesota.
This one was completed in 1908, and was lived in by an original family member until 1977 when the last daughter died.
With 20,000 square feet, fifteen fireplaces, numerous bathrooms and bedrooms, it’s huge and beautiful.
Each of the seven children had their own bedrooms, often with their own bathrooms too.
Most of the rooms had lovely views of Lake Superior. Still, the house was a lot darker inside than what we’re used to today.
The grounds were beautifully landscaped, complete with a huge vegetable garden, tennis courts and lawn bowling.
Next we headed north, tunneling our way through a couple rocky outcroppings.
We stopped in Two Harbors Minnesota where we walked the breakwater enjoying a beautiful later summer afternoon.
In the same park was a lighthouse that has become a Bed & Breakfast. It looked wonderful, though it’s privately owned and we couldn’t go inside.
Guess we’ll have to make a reservation and stay overnight to see what it’s like to sleep in a lighthouse!
Then we moved on to something that’s been on my bucket list for a long time — Split Rock lighthouse.
We took the tour and learned a whole lot about what life was like when this lighthouse employed three keepers. Then we started to explore.
Up in the relatively short tower there is a truly beautiful lens.
This lighthouse sits high on a cliff; I’ve seen pictures that made me want to see it for myself.
But nothing could have prepared me for just how beautiful it really is, as seen from the stony beach far below it’s base. I couldn’t stop smiling. It’s just stunning, definitely my smile of the week, and a perfect way to end our exploration of the Duluth area.
We’ll be moving even further north, into Canada, tomorrow. I don’t know when I’ll be able to post again…but you can be sure I’ll have more images and adventures to share when I do!