Duluth Minnesota is enjoying beautiful weather and we’re counting 46 days of temperatures over 70 degrees. Lake Superior is warmer than it has been in years! Now is the time to make your plans to stay at with us. While you are here, plan to spend a day and travel up the North Shore and enjoy Split Rock Lighthouse. Both facilities are celebrating 100 years of history in 2010.
Split Rock Lighthouse was built as a federal “aid to navigation” and served of greatest benefit to the ships that carried ore from Minnesota’s iron ranges to steel mills on the lower Great Lakes. The construction was completed in 1910. The Coast Guard began its operation of the station in 1939, and Split Rock was one of the most visited lighthouses in the nation. The use of radar on ships eventually made the station obsolete and it was closed in 1969. The State of Minnesota obtained the property from the federal government in 1971 and in 1976 the Minnesota Historical Society began to preserve and interpret the station as a museum and nationally known historic site. The adjacent State Park offers opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, picnicking and exploring the lake shore.
We opened our bed and breakfast in June, 1998 and for thirteen years we have greeted folks from all over the world. The historic mansion was built in 1910 by George G. Barnum a grain baron in Duluth at the turn of the century. His Barnum Grain Company eventually merged with many other grain companies to begin General Mills. Jim and Joy are the fifth family to own the home in 88 years and continue to preserve and maintain the beautiful home. Five suites feature fireplaces, Jacuzzi whirlpools for two, featherbeds, TV/VCR/DVD, CD and audio system, private bathrooms, and luxurious amenities. Their specialty is delivering a hearty delicious breakfast to your suite each morning where it can be enjoying privately in your suite and by the firelight!
A 100 year celebration is planned for October 10, 2010 from 1-3 p.m. at 2211 E 3rd Street, Duluth, Minnesota. Admission is $5 at the door which includes a tour, refreshments and birthday cake.
Joy and Jim Fischer, Innkeepers/Owners
Celebrating 100 years of history in 2010