Tour Season Begins for Minnetonka’s Burwell House
The historic home of Charles H. Burwell is now open for tour season.
The beautiful and fully restored Victorian home was built by Burwell and his second wife, Mary, in 1883. Burwell came to the area in 1876 to manage the Minnetonka Mill Company.
The home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, remained in the Burwell family until 1958 and was purchased by the City of Minnetonka in 1970. The Minnetonka Historical Society took on the early restoration efforts from 1970 to 1990. The city then took over the restoration process and fully restored the home to its 1894 appearance. Here’s how the city describes the historical landmark:
“The Burwell House is a Victorian home, in the Italianate style. The furnishings in the home include many original Burwell pieces. The furnishings, many of which are of the Eastlake style, are owned by the Minnetonka Historical Society, and are on loan to the site. The site includes a millworker’s cottage that Mr. Burwell moved to the site for his mother in 1894. It also includes Mr. Burwell’s Mill Office, that was moved to the site in 1894 and which now serves as a museum for the Minnetonka Historical Society. Other buildings on the site include a woodshed and an ice house.”
The tour season runs through the month of September, with hours from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday. Special tours can be arranged by calling 952-939-8207 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The tours are free, and donations are accepted. The home is located at 13209 E. McGinty Rd.
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This local update courtesy of your Minnetonka Community Expert.