Glensheen - Historic Congdon Estate

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Glensheen Mansion was built in 1905 by Chester Congdon, who died in 1916. His daughter Elisabeth inherited it. Sadly, Elisabeth was smothered by with her pillow as she slept and her nurse Velma Pietila was bludgeoned to death with a candlestick. Elisabeth’s adopted daughter Marjorie and her second husband Roger Caldwell were charged, but Marjorie was acquitted. Some say the deaths have led to hauntings at the estate.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    3300 London Rd
    Duluth, MN 55804
    United States

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    GPS:
    46.81528722354901, -92.05175668012089
    County:
    St. Louis County, Minnesota
    Nearest Towns:
    Duluth, MN (3.4 mi.)
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    Proctor, MN (9.5 mi.)
    Superior Village, WI (11.2 mi.)
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    Esko, MN (16.6 mi.)
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    Contact Information

    Web:
    https://glensheen.wp.d.umn.edu/

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    1. I visited this house about three or four years ago and took the tour with my parents. I got a weird feeling as soon as I entered the house. We walked through the house and listened to the tour guide talk about the house and the family. We walked up the stairs and I felt a chill which was odd at the time as none of the windows were open and the house doesn’t have air conditioning. We entered the sick room as the tour guide called it and I wanted to leave the room right away. I disliked that room as it gave me a horrible feeling like I had just had cold water dumped on me. We went up to the attic next and once again I got an odd feeling but instead of a chill it felt like someone was watching me.

    2. Oddly, the ghost that is seen has nothing to do with the murders, but is called “the lady in blue”. It is thought that it might be Marjorie, a sister of Elizabeth Congdon.

    3. I went there with my family, and while everyone in the tour was taking turns looking down the laundry chute on the third floor, I looked down the hall and saw a misty face that was peering at the group from around a door frame. It disappeared right before my eyes. Then we went up into the attic.[Side note: I was wearing dangly earrings that day and had rubber backings that I made sure were securely fastened because they were my favourite pair.] Up in the attic we were listening to the tour guide and I looked at the bookshelf down at one end of the attic that was behind me. There was a little step ladder in front of it, on the right side. When I turned away from it and listened to the tour guide again, one of my earrings fell out and landed on the floor. I couldn’t find the backing. I looked at the bookshelf again and the stepladder was in the middle of the bookshelf, not at the right end like it had been before my earring fell out.

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