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Discover Duluth: Glensheen

Glensheen, the Congdon family's historic estate, is just full of surprises. Most times, however, you don't notice them, because you're busy listening to a tour guide explaining how Chester Congdon made his fortunes (mining, primarily), when const...

Glensheen, the Congdon family's historic estate, is just full of surprises.

Most times, however, you don't notice them, because you're busy listening to a tour guide explaining how Chester Congdon made his fortunes (mining, primarily), when construction was completed (1908), how much everything would cost in today's dollars (a lot), etc.

But something magical happened this summer: Glensheen officials opened up the mansion to self-guided tours -- on select evenings, mind you.

It was a fascinating opportunity to go beyond the uber-documented aspects of the beloved 38-room London Road behemoth and just ... look around.

Have you ever admired, up close, the "knowing" statue that shares hutch space with the all-too-infamous brass candlestick?

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If you answered "no," check out this summer's last "twilight tour": from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $10 (or $20 per family). For details, call 726-8910 or visit www.glensheen.org .

"Discover Duluth" is an ongoing photo essay series by Matthew R. Perrine that highlights points of interest in and around the region.

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