Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Glensheen Mansion

Duluth, Minnesota

In this house, an elderly woman and her nurse were brutally murdered by the woman’s crazed lover. Now, it is said that the two haunt the house. It is said that eerie black, shadowy figures walking about the basement. Lights turning on and off have also been reported. There has even been one report of a piece of candy rolling back and forth across the dresser.

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Stephanie says:

September 27, 2005, 10:33 am

Actually, it was the woman’s adopted daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend/fiance who killed her. Some people have reported feeling eerie spots of cold on the servants’ staircase and in another location, which differs from the reports of where the two were killed. The Glensheen staff is prohibited from talking about the murders.

shaun androff says:

October 3, 2005, 3:16 pm

I just visited the Glensheen mansion on 10/1/05 with my girlfriend Lori and we had a crazy experience. As we were walking around the mansion on the tour we felt a very cold spot as we walked into the basement by the staircase. There was no vents or fans in the area and we could not expain this erie sensation. I heard a lound scream coming from the second floor and figured a girl might have fallen or been playing with a sibling. To my amazement I must have been the only on to hear it as no one said a word or reacted to it. Our guid did not mention a word about the scream no did she bring up the murders on our tour. To my amzement I later read that day about the murders and that the house might be haunted. I had never heard about the murders until after the tour while reading the book about it later that day. SCARY!!!! This house is definetly visited by spirits.

Emma says:

October 13, 2005, 9:22 pm

when i was there last week (oct.8th 2005) with my boyfriend we had some freaky unexsplainable experiences. there were lots of chilly areas and freaky sounds from upstairs. when we were at the bottom of the stairs we heard what sounded like footsteps coming from the stairs. but no one was there. i believe that it is haunted.

lily says:

October 14, 2005, 5:15 pm

i was ounce at the glensheen house on a tour and in the middle of the tour i had to use the bathroom. so i wlked in to the bathroom. and all the sudden this lady in a white and black dress appeeared and said help me. i said i dont know what you meen. she repeated, help me! and then at that time i realized that the house was haunted, and i screamed and then she was gone.

Michele says:

October 15, 2005, 7:56 am

Miss Elisabeth Congdon, who was in her 80’s, and her night nurse, Velma Pietila were murdered on June 27, 1977 at Glensheen. Roger Cadwell, Elisabethâ??s adopted-daughter Marjorieâ??s husband, was later convicted of two counts of murder. Marjorie was acquitted.

If you are really interested in the true story about the murders, read this book: “Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes & Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killingsâ??

Mary Morro says:

November 7, 2005, 6:18 pm

My husband, 4 year old daughter, and I were at the Glensheen on 11/05/05 for a tour. My husband and I, of course, had heard about the murders, but nothing was mentioned to our 4 yr. old daughter by us or the tour guide. When we were in Elizabeth’s bedroom, our daughter suddenly said she was scared and started to cry. She couldn’t tell me why she was frightened but it definitely gave me goose bumps!

Katie says:

November 10, 2005, 12:42 am

i dont know much about the mansion. but i do know i was there a few years ago while on a school trip. as we were on the tour the tour guide refussed to let us go to the top floor but would not explain why, all he said was that it wasn’t safe. i remember being just terrified walking through the mansion.

Jay Johnson says:

November 23, 2005, 1:33 pm

You must be feeble minded to think its haunted. Indeed murders took place, but that isn’t why the staff do not talk about the murders. They do not talk about it because they wish not to disgrace the former owners and fuel curiosity. It was given to the people of Minnesota as a gift, for tours. It isn’t a museum founded on the infrastructure of being haunted or because grizzly murders occured, but because it is a very old mansion. I walked through it and felt no “coldness” like some people have described. I sense that none of you are sincere and you only wish you’d run into a ghaslty apparition.

Liz Johnson says:

November 23, 2005, 5:26 pm

I agree with Jay Johnson. There could be many explanations for these things happening. I have also been throught the mansion and nothing unusual happened to me.

Kristina says:

November 25, 2005, 7:36 pm

I agree with Jay and Liz. I have been to Glensheen for 2 different tours and have been on all the floors. I knew about the murders, and felt no “cold chills” or “drafts” . My husband has also been there at night after hours, (the alarm went off he had to check it out) and he didnt feel, see, or sense any thing odd. But he did get walk the whole house and see things that those on the tour dont get to see.

Nina says:

December 14, 2005, 5:18 pm

Back in around 1994, my husband and I toured the mansion. On the 3rd floor, there’s a bedroom just to the right of the stairway, which later I found out was Elizabeth’s bedroom. When I went in that room, it just felt “creepy”, and as I listened to the tour guide talk, I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up. There is also a bathroom directly across the hall from this bedroom; I got the same “creepy” feeling in that bathroom. The mansion was willed to the University of MN Duluth and the tour guides are not allowed to mention anything about the murders, but when we got home, I ordered the book “Secrets of the Glensheen Mansion” and that book says Elizabeth was murdered in her bed, in her bedroom, and the maid was “wounded” in the bathroom but actually died on the landing between the 2nd and 3rd floors. By the way, it was the infamous Ron Meshbesher who represented Marjorie Congdon. Roger later died apparently from alcoholism.

MnKaitlynn says:

December 22, 2005, 10:25 am

I was just recently at Glensheen on 12/17/05. The tour guides are now allowed to speak of the murders and the bedroom that Elizabeth was in when she was murdered is returned to the state of a bedroom (vs an all purpose meeting room that it used to be). While we were there (we ourselves had a group of 12 to celebrate my mothers graduation from college with a Masters) my sister-in-law Angie was mentioning that she was being drawn to these specific pictures. They were all of girls various ages, and on chatting we assumed that they were of all three women, Elizabeth, Marjorie and Jennifer I think is the other daughter at various stages in life. Upon glancing through The Will to Murder, which my brother purchased at the house, Angie realized that each and every picture she was looking at was indeed ONLY of Elizabeth. The only room that REALLY caught Angie’s eye was Elizabeth’s bedroom with the beautiful pink and green quilt on the bed and the georgus work on the fireplace, also in pink and green. Angie also told me that for 10 minutes, while she, my father and my brother were waiting for the rest of the group, they stood in the exact spot where the nurses’ body was found. The whole 10 minutes, Angie said she was bouncing back and forth ready to get a mood on. Perhaps the house isn’t COMPLETELY haunted, perhaps Elizabeth and her nurse did pass to the otherside, but there DEFINATELY is spiritual residue within the house. I knew which bathroom the murderer cleaned up in before I even read the book. I could just feel it. And so can you.

MnKaitlynn says:

December 22, 2005, 10:26 am

P.S. the Very Top floor is closed to the public because there is only one staircase that goes up and down and isn’t safe incase of a fire. Elizabeth and her nurse were murdered on the 2nd floor with the majority of the rooms, where the tour will always be allowed to go.

sarah says:

January 1, 2006, 1:47 am

It scared me pretty bad at some points. Like when my friend
and I and some other people were led into the room Elizabeth
Congdon was murdered. They also took us to the staircase
where elizabeth’s nurse was also murdered. It was all so
creepy when we into the different floors it went to different
temperatures. All in all it was awsome! It was still creepy even
though it is cool. I would recemend it to anyone who is
looking for a scare.

sarah says:

January 1, 2006, 2:03 am

i heard from someone that heard from someone that heard from her cousin that elizabeth was smothered with a pillow and that her nurse was blodgened to death with a candle stick. they said that roger caldwell had done both murders, but he was accompanied by his own wife marjorey caldwell. i was just wondering if this was true. after i did some research i found out that everything was true. except that they found just marjorey guilty at first and then after a while they convicted roger caldwell of helping to murder them. they only wanted to murder elizabeth because of her enormus fortune.

Ricky Porter says:

January 7, 2006, 12:23 am

I volunteered at the mansion for many summers now and all the staff will tell you that we have encountered strange experinces. The old mansions are hard to heat and cool and that is why you feel cool drafts and warm drafts in select areas of the home becuase not all rooms have vents or radiators. Most of the time what has happened is lights will switch on and off, and doors will close by themselves. I can honestly say the activity is quite fun when your with other staff and those things happen, but errie when your alone. Glensheen is very much haunted, but you get used to it and be nice to them and they will be nice to you.

Jennifer says:

January 9, 2006, 11:37 pm

There is a program (Dommick Dunne’s Justice) about the Congdon murder on Court TV that details the murder. The program is based on the book by Joe Kimball. Very interesting.

Lianna says:

January 19, 2006, 11:13 pm

I volunteer at Glensheen and some of what you all have said is completely false. Elizabeths bedroom as a child is not the bedroom she died in. The reason that you used to not be able to go up to third floor was becuase there was only one staircase and it is a fire code. They have now let tours up there but only 10 at a time. No murders actually happened on the third floor. I have never experienced flickering lights (I do not know anyone else who has) like Ricky Porter, however the former volunteer coordinator, other volunteers, and I did have a discussion of paranormal things that have happened there. The only reason that we did not discuss the murders for so long was out of respect for the Congdon family, however, they have recently given permission. Whether it is haunted, there have been stories of some paranormal stuff, but paranormal situations are not a normal occurence.

Lianna says:

January 19, 2006, 11:17 pm

Oh, and as far as this Bob character goes…there is no way that you could have had sex with your girlfriend in the master bedroom as there are tours every 10 minutes and I doubt that you would be able to escape your tour guide as they would have been able to see you in the master bedroom when they were standing at the entrance of the red guest room just 10 seconds after leaving the master bedroom.

sdr also known as sr says:

January 20, 2006, 11:55 am

looks like something ill check out after i graduate, thanx

David Allen says:

January 21, 2006, 3:07 am

Just watched (for the second time) about this story on Court TV and find it fascinating. Young Chester Congdon was an Attorney nearly all of his life, and purchased several acres of land from the State of Minnesota in the mid 1880’s. The house is gorgeous and its too bad that Marjorie Congdon Hagen is allowed to walk free, after leavng behind so many dead bodies. Her mother, her illegal husbands (Wally Hagen) wife and whoever/ whatever died as a result of her arson. This is very cold, calculating, greedy vicious woman, sadly a nutjob, free. The only consolation is that her own mother was freed of Marjories abuse on that fatal night in 1977. I sure hope the Nurse and Elizabeth Congdon are not hanging around that Mansion.

meme says:

January 25, 2006, 9:59 pm

Dont tell me this i live in minnesota!

adena says:

January 26, 2006, 10:48 pm

Omg, thats scary .I mean the story duh! I cant believe that really happened, If that ever happened 2 me I dont no wat I will do! I never had a scary event happen 2 me, I mean supernatural. I also believe in supernatual stuff that happen 2 u…..

XOXO always Adi(short 4 Adena)LOL

Marin says:

January 31, 2006, 2:54 pm

My horseback riding instructer was best friends with the nurse who was murdered. It was Anne’s (my instructer) birthday party and she wasnt sure why her friend (the nurse) hadnt shown up yet. Later she got a phone call saying Anne’s friend had been murdered that night.

tom says:

February 2, 2006, 6:18 pm

i was at the Glensheen mansion and as we were taking the tour and going downstairs the hairs on my neck rose and i froze at the spot. ooh i hated that. later we passed by a closed off room and i asked one of the guides and she said ‘I’m not supposed to tell you this but some people were murdered in here.’ anyways….scared the hell outta me

Lacey says:

February 9, 2006, 4:26 pm

I have been to the Glensheen Mansion before. I read the book after I went to the house and it gave me the creeps. I never had anything weird happen to me while I was at the house but I still think it is haunted.

Stacey says:

February 16, 2006, 6:12 am

I have been fascinated by the mansion since I was a young child, driving past it as my family headed into Duluth for our yearly shopping trip. I was fortunate enough to visit Glensheen in the spring of 2004, and was quite disappointed over having experienced none of the paranormal experiences that I had heard about over the years. No spectres, no cold spots, no hair raisings, no unearthly noises.

But what I did experience that day, was an overwhelming sense of sadness and emptiness in that beautiful home. I had been on vitual pins and needles of excitement all morning, during the drive to Duluth, which only heightened as we pulled into the driveway and purchased our tour package. I was as giddy as a child at christmas.

However, as soon as we entered the front entrance, I was overcome by a sense of loss and grief. Some might say it was autosuggestion, having read stories and heard rumours about the murders of Elizabeth. But I honestly believe it was the sadness of the house itself, loneliness seeping from the very walls. Though the rooms were awe inspiring and beautiful, they felt so cold emotionally, abandoned. The house was full of people, groups on every floor, and in most every room, but it felt as if there was absolutely no-one there at all.

I do believe in the paranormal, and am curious about the house itself. Someday I will visit Glensheen again, during a different season, and a time of the day, to see if I once again, get that same sense of sorrow that has stayed with me since that first visit.

becca says:

February 16, 2006, 11:16 am

this is really scary

sara camille mitchell says:

February 21, 2006, 7:10 pm

this story sounds very interesting sad and scary

Adrienne Wellman says:

February 24, 2006, 4:11 pm

I was in the car ride to Spirit Mountain. A year before my mother and her husband went to the Glensheen mansion and she told me about the murder. I couldn’t believe what had happened there I was in pure shock I didn’t know what to say. She only had a little tour of the huge beautiful house and she told me about the masterpieces of the furniture. I want to go there and have the whole tour.

Melissa says:

February 25, 2006, 11:11 pm

My brother got married to a Duluth girl in 1987 and we had the rehearsal dinner at the mansion. The food was excellent, and nothing eerie happened, which was disappointing since we were the only ones in the house at the time (there were perhaps 20 of us, plus wait staff and chefs). I think it happens if you expect something, and doesn’t if you don’t.

Elizabeth Congdon says:

March 3, 2006, 12:42 am

Hello everyone! I am so suprised that my death has caused such a large amout of excitment and suspense. However, I want you all to know that I have never returned to haunt my old place and neither has Velma. We are currently enjoying ourselves very much here in the afterlife and would find returning to the material world very boring and dull. I hope you all enjoy the house and grounds very much and continue to make use of it as much as possible. But please don’t expect Velma or I to attend. We have other engagements now that are simple more interesting than anything that the ‘fleshy’ world could possibly provide. Have a good time and we’ll see you all on the other side!

hah says:

March 4, 2006, 1:19 am

omg so scary rolling candy..i bet she ate it too.

hah says:

March 4, 2006, 1:20 am

excuse u..who in the hell is she ur pet?

hah says:

March 4, 2006, 1:23 am

lol pretty boring ive been there like 4 times in a lifetime and it has alot of factories..hmm

james r gillespie says:

March 8, 2006, 12:03 pm

I have several stories that I can tell

shannon hoon says:

March 11, 2006, 1:04 pm

I have lived in a house that i must say was haunted by something. our dog would stare barking at the wall for no reason. we’ve heard toy telephones ring. friends of mine and myself have witnessed bottles and pictures just falling off shelves or walls. the strange thing about it was that you could always sence it before it happend. like looking right at the picture seconds before it would literaly fly off the wall. no one wanted to be in the basement alone. even the guy who fixed our waterheater said he’s never been afraid of a basement but there was “something about ours that creeped him.”
anyway i guess i’m trying to say that those who do not believe just haven’t had it happen yet to you. It is real. these stories are facinating, i hope to visit this place sometime.

justine says:

March 12, 2006, 9:26 pm

well i learned about it in sixth grade it was so creepy and i don’t know why we had to learn about it but oh well and then on our way up to elc we stopped for a tour and we thought it was really scary but nothin happened so we didn’t freak out!

Jaspy says:

March 16, 2006, 1:50 pm

I visited Glensheen when I was 7. I’m researching it for an English paper now that I’m in the eigth grade. I’ve realized al these weird coincidences between the dates in the story and important dates in my life..for example:
My b-day is June 30
Murders took place june 27th, funeral on june 30.
Marjorie and her husband were married on June 30
Marjorie started her jail time on my parents wedding day too…different year but whatever….Married someone that day too….weird I know

alex says:

March 17, 2006, 12:05 pm

i think it would be nice to know what really happened at the mansion!!

brenna says:

March 17, 2006, 12:06 pm

that is really creepy, if i went into that house i would probably pee my pants. lol

dawn says:

March 17, 2006, 12:09 pm

just this week my daughters and i went to duluth and we wanted to see the mansion but it wasnt open on the week days. i think you guys should open it on the week days too.

hahahahahah says:

March 17, 2006, 12:13 pm

one time at the mansion i saw this ‘thing’ it was like a cloud but had a figure to it. it kept moving closer and i thought i was the only one that could see it but the tour guide said something like ‘ok everyone lets hurry up and go to the next room’ she had this weird look on her face. that was really weird and creepy i never went back and that was in 1987.

Kellie says:

March 22, 2006, 9:29 pm

Ok, I would like to say that I have visited the Glensheen Mansion and through out the whole tour I experinced no “coldness” or saw any “dark shadowy figures”. And for the people who claim to of seen things in the basement, there is no basement the lowest level is considered the ground floor. For the people who call the house creepy why? Yes I am aware of the 2 murders that took place but ask your self why would they want to stick around a haunt the house that was there home? Elisabeth Congdon was a 83 year old women that was sufficated with a pink satin pillow in her bed while she slept to me that story is more sad then creepy. Yes I can say well I visited the Glensheen Mansion over the summer of 2005 as I walked up the stair case I had the feeling of sadness not the feeling that made my hair stand up or made me scared it made me sad. I believe that this house is not haunted and people who claim to have seen “Things” are lying.

VickiS says:

March 23, 2006, 11:11 pm

Hi–I just started volunteering at Glensheen and have fallen in love with the place. I understand all the comments (especially about the feeling of sadness in the old mansion). I hope I will bring my enthusiasm to the tours I conduct.

Last week while I was learning how to do a tour (by being in the background) we were in the kitchen. Someone asked where a door went to. The guide said, “Oh, it’s not used much–it’s the servant’s stairway to the basement.” As if on cue, the door opened (with no one there).

We all had a good laugh over that. The guide was just a bit surprised.

CG says:

March 28, 2006, 3:31 pm

There are a few things that a lot of you are not telling or are missing…one, you can’t enter the rooms as they are closed off with big velvet “ropes” hanging from gold posts and that a movie was filmed there (early to mid 1970’s). The name of the movie was “You’ll like my mother” which starred Patty Duke Astin & Richard Thomas, of The Waltons fame. When the movie was being made neighbors thought there were burglars, etc there so the police were called. It seems the family forgot to inform the neighbors and the police what was going on while they were on vacation.
Oh and as far as the murders go Elizabeth Congdon was murdered for her money as Marjorie & Roger were trying to start up a horse ranch in another state. It seems like Marjorie could never handle money according to the people who knew her in Duluth. You really should read the books and watch the shows about the murders to get all of the accurate information.

CG says:

March 28, 2006, 3:37 pm

Another thing that I just remembered…Elizabeth never married, but had adopted children. Also all or most of the Congdon heirs no longer live in Minnesota but I believe in Arizona.

VickiS says:

March 31, 2006, 12:56 am

I’m not sure when you were last there, but the tours go through most of the rooms. When a guest steps into the room, some of it is roped off because if we have 60,000 people annually stepping on the original rugs, they will wear out (the rugs, not the people!).

The upstairs (third floor and attic) are also open to guests. In fact, I am surprised at how much of the house is open.

sarah says:

April 4, 2006, 9:07 pm

i want to go to the congdon estae. my g-ma’s best friend got married and when her husband died she remarried again. so at night in there house they would hear her late husband walking the halls and throwing dishes into the walls. they would go out to see if anything was there and they would find dishes on the floor broken and statues and things like that.

Expert says:

April 8, 2006, 2:49 pm

All of you are wrong…
There was no ex-lover gone crazy, and there is certainly no candy rolling in drawers. The story is simple. Elizabeth Congdon never got married, yet felt a maternal need she had to fulfil. Because of this, she adopted two daughters- the eldest of which always had issues and difficulties. As the eldest adopted daughter grew older, she continued to be irresponsible and careless with many things, including money. In 1977, her second husband and herself, had aquired a large debt- and it is speculated, that at this point, together they conspired to kill Elizabeth in order to recieve her inheritance money early. Upon acting out this plan, Elizabeth, along with her night nurse, Velma were brutally murdered.
With that said, I would like to inform you that there have never been any reports of either of these two women roaming about the house. And to be honest, the closest you’ll get to seeing a ghost at Glensheen, is walking down the street a block to an old Scandinavian Cemetary with was established back in the 1800’s.
Out of respect to both families, all of you who have developed these false stories in your minds, should let them go and embrace the true story. For those of you who still feel the need to explore this scandle, maybe it’s a good idea to become informed on it before you discuss it- there are three books written about these murders, all of which are more factual and pleasent than your peoples imaginations.

sharkbait says:

April 20, 2006, 5:37 pm

I have been to this beautiful house only once, and I was aware of the murders, but I did not know the facts. However, I did not experience any of the paranormal activities as stated above. Perhaps you people have been influenced by the power of suggestion. As I sit here and read these comments, I get chills on my back, but does that mean the area where I sit is haunted? I believe it’s just the ability to imagine what took place that gives one chills. It is a magnificent house, though! I look forward to returning there next month.

Kristina says:

April 20, 2006, 5:41 pm

To Alex and anyone else who would really like to know what happened at the Glensheen Mansion…go there, they do talk about the murders now, I went there last June. The murders are very interesting and the house is absolutly amazing. It’s definitly worth the drive. But when you go to Glensheen pick up the book “A Will to Murder” It was written by 2 attorney’s that were involved in the case. It goes through every detail all the way up to Marjorie going to jail for arson. Its a very good book but I would definily recommend going to the mansion, not only because the murders are so fasinating but because the house is.

Smelly says:

May 1, 2006, 1:30 pm

um… I don’t really know anything about this but I’m doing a social studies project on it.

mandy says:

May 1, 2006, 6:28 pm

the other day i could have sworn i saw velma pietila,elizabeths nurse!she asked me if the coffee was ready yet.i was puttin a sign in the attic.i just sceamed and crouched down and kept sayin stuff like she is not goin to hurt me and she isnt there.wen ilooked up no one was there.i swear that place is haunted like hell!!!!!!!

vannessa says:

May 1, 2006, 6:28 pm

I don’t really know about this mansion either.My best friend is doing this as a social studies project though.I had sex 15 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!But I got raped 3 times.Do you want to “do it”?My husband is an ***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I want to cheat on him.

I don't care to give out my personal information...thank you very much says:

May 3, 2006, 1:02 pm

Glensheen Mansion eh’? Well, cool place..

mandy says:

May 11, 2006, 3:58 pm

i have only been to the glensheen mansion once but wen i went i didnt see or hear anything unusual exept that the tour guides never speak of the murders.

Xayla Ganv says:

May 24, 2006, 3:35 pm

This is all in your head for those who thought they encountered supernatural experiences! Your mind will make you think that you saw, heard, or felt something but it’s just that you are applying your fantasies to your conscious mind without realizing it. People tend to copy one another too as of how they imagined events. So once again,” IT’S ALL IN YOUR FREAKIN HEADS”!

Billbo says:

May 28, 2006, 10:02 am


Iknow it that that place is haunted!
I went there with my Girlfriend, she was taking a shower and the curtains kept on opening!

It was wierd!
She thought it was me but i was downstairs watching the three stooges!

phillip says:

May 30, 2006, 2:29 pm

hehehehehe im really bored and my friend bobby is sitting next to me watching me type jk im a girl so is my friend bobby

scarlett ohara says:

June 2, 2006, 9:42 pm

“Please use correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Let’s try to keep this place looking classy.”

Um, if you take a close look at all of these stories a lot of them seem to be written by the same person who doesn’t know how to spell, use capital letters at the beginning of sentences, periods and the end of sentences.

Joshua Wozniak says:

June 6, 2006, 9:53 pm

Scarlett Ohara, your a ***** with a capital B. You don’t do so good your selfe. “periods and the end of sentences.” Ypur pathetic. This was a great story, and if you can’t see that then you don’t have the right to make fun of other people. If you want to tell me what you think of me I’m in Royalton MN.

Good story from Joshua Wozniak

SAM says:

June 10, 2006, 2:21 pm

What is with some of you people? Take Vannessa (5-1-06) for instance. What does your comment regarding your personal life have to do with Glensheen? Perhaps your time would be better spent with some professional help, rather than writing this remark, you’re in serious need of it. The guy having sex in the master bedroom? Get real. And the girl in the shower with the curtains blowing? You people are all messed up. Stick to the forum.
Are any of you aware of the fact that there was also another murder at Glensheen? Back in the 70’s a would be burglar was shot and killed on the balcony.

Jenna says:

June 10, 2006, 11:10 pm

I visited Glensheen recently and the tour guide asked us if we had any questions about the murders. We asked and she told us what she knew. So I dont understand why other people say that the guides arent allowed to tell us about the murders.

Ashley says:

June 11, 2006, 8:56 pm

I currently am a tourguide at Glensheen and I have been there over a year during the day and till 4am. Nothing strange has happened except fellow guides playing games with eachother by talking up or down the laundry shoot.The only reason people will feel cold drafts coming down into the basement is because of the tempature difference in floors and the draft from the door at the end of the hallway.Also if the Winter Garden is open a draft will be felt also. And Marjorie Caldwell was never convicted of the murders. He husband Roger Caldwell was. He went to jail. The reason we don’t speak of the murders a lot is because some of us don’t like to talk about it. Also is we have children or others on tour that don’t want to hear of the murders we prefer to talk about it after. We can answer any questions that you have about the murders, but not all of us know the full story.The most I can say is read “A Will To Murder” it explains the murders,the trials, and family history. Glensheen’s daughter is about Margjorie and the trials she went throught. That would be another to read if you want to get inside her mind.

Michelle says:

June 14, 2006, 5:01 pm

This past school year we had a college graduation BBQ held there at Glensheen. A free tour was given to us. It was mine and my boyfriend’s first time being there. The house was amazing. I love the yard and the creek that runs through the yard under the bridge.
About the mansion, we knew of the murder. We tour almost every room but we didn’t know which was the room that Elizbeth was murdered in. Not knowing that, we weren’t scared or had any creepy feeling about the place.I loved all of the rooms. of course we did experienced some coldness but that was because it was cold that day. And since the house was huge it would be cold in certain areas.
The only thing I have to say about our tour was that since it was an open tour to us college student that day there was no guide walking us through the rooms, but there were people in each room in case if we want to know anything. Every room that we’ve been to there was a guide in there except one room. I don’t remeber which floor it was but that I thought was the brightest room in all that my boyfriend and I’ve been in. Well, the funny thing was that when we came upon that room we suddenly stopped at the door. We just stood there and paused for a little bit. I felt something strange inside of me. Anyways, we finally went into the room. The room was beautiful because the wall was covered in bamboo wallpaper.There was a rocking chair facing the the door way with a beautiful doll sitting on it. I guess that was what scared my boyfriend. We later learned from some friends who use to work there that that was the room the Elizabeth was murdered in and that the doll’s hair and eyelashes was made of real human hair.
That, I found was interesting.

Vicki says:

June 18, 2006, 1:08 am

Ashley–great post!

I, too, am a tour guide there (I’m the docent who likes to dress up–I wear a capelet with a black blouse and grey skirt). It’s fun because I used to work at Disneyland where I always wore a costume. :-)

Anyway, I generally don’t bring up the murders if there are children in the tours. I’ve had many parents thank me for not talking about the crimes (gives the kids nightmares). However, after the tours I tell the group that if they are interested, they can read “Will to Murder” (and then I answer questions).

Michelle–were you there for UMD’s grad party? I was in the reception room if you did come through there. It was a great time–I learned so much! A grad from Pakistan was telling me that the home looked just like his grandfather’s in Pakistan. He then proceeded to tell ME all sorts of stuff about that style of house. It was really neat.

I hope you all can come and visit the mansion at some point.

steven says:

June 22, 2006, 11:05 pm

I think I will try to go sometime.

scarlett ohara says:

June 30, 2006, 7:27 pm

“””Scarlett Ohara, your a ***** with a capital B. You donâ??t do so good your selfe. â??periods and the end of sentences.â?? Ypur pathetic. This was a great story, and if you canâ??t see that then you donâ??t have the right to make fun of other people. If you want to tell me what you think of me Iâ??m in Royalton MN.

Good story from Joshua Wozniak”””

Wow, Josh….Tell us how you really feel!

Btw, I wasn’t talking about the original story. I was talking about a lot of the posts that followed.

Snailie says:

July 1, 2006, 11:08 am

I have been to the mansion a couple years ago, but I didn’t experience anything strange. I don’t remember much about the tour since it was a while back. I did not know any details about the murders when I went on the tour, I only knew that someone was murdered. I’ve done a lot of research about the murders, and the story itself is amazing. All of you should read up on it instead of throwing out things like “My girlfriend was in the shower!” Okay, how? You are not allowed to touch ANYTHING in the mansion.

I just got back from Duluth yesterday, and my stepmother, grandma, and sister went on the tour of the mansion. They didn’t report anything unusual going on. I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself if it is really haunted.

Tami says:

July 3, 2006, 12:41 am

I just returned today from a visit to the mansion…no weird things happened! I did see the blood stain on the wallpaper though.,,,the tour guide Tom pointed it out to us….that gave me the creeps. Terrible thing that happened there! Marjorie and her (now deceased husband) Roger Caldwell will and should rot in hell! Ms. Elisabeth and Nurse Velma did not deserve to die like that! Marjorie is an arsonist as well as a killer…she shouldn’t be walking around!

KRM says:

July 3, 2006, 6:01 am

As an amateur ghost investigator, I have been doing a lot of research for the last few years on this area of study. People often get an aura of coldness or a creepy crawly feeling. I am convinced that ghosts and spirits are real and they are all around us. If you look real hard and are more open minded they will show themselves to you if they believe it might give them peace. Sometimes you have to give a leap of faith and believing is sometimes more than just seeing. Anyone have any stories, haunting places or anyother Minnesota lore please send them to me at

aamira says:

July 4, 2006, 1:03 pm

I did whitness the lights we’re on that scared the heck out of me.

Murray Munro says:

July 11, 2006, 7:56 pm

I respect any one’s feelings on any hauntings first… I am Clairvoyant medium.. walking through Glensheen, I just could not feel any thing. I just got a sense of a quite old home. Fairlawn Mansion though, across the bridge in Superior, a friend confirmed what I saw, was a young boy about 11 or so, running through the rooms. Others have seen two girls in the basement, and also a housekeeper. My friend and myself only saw the boy (in our 3rd eye)for those that understand.

Tina says:

July 11, 2006, 9:16 pm

My husband and i went to Glensheen a couple of yrs ago and we had no haunting experiences. That whole place is just awesome! The tour guides couldn’t talk about the murders yet at that time so we didn’t learn the whole story until after we had been there. I would really like to go on a tour again and hear from the tour guides about the murders. I would also be interested in seeing the areas the murders took place.

Dex says:

July 13, 2006, 12:03 am

I am a professor at a college in Utah. I came up to visit my niece and she wanted to take me on the tour. I felt the urge to go with her and experience the thrill of being scared. I wasnt at all frightened, but i was quite anxious. I ventured into the basement dark deep basement all alone….BOY DID I HAVE A GREAT TIME.. I exploded in my pants as i let a HUGE one rip!!!!i had a fantisimic experience at the glensheen because when i farted the ghost was scared and disappereared.

Charlene says:

July 13, 2006, 12:06 am

i went on a tour. i pooped. fun. times. as i saw a ghost. it was there beside me taking a ****. night night diary…..

Chris says:

July 13, 2006, 7:36 pm

Actually the accused murdered was the husband of Marjorie, Elisabeth Congdon’s adopted daughter. Elisabeth and her nurse were slain by Roger Caldwell.

zachary gegn says:

July 13, 2006, 10:51 pm

hello i live in duluth and i was just there i use to volenteer there and it was kinda wired and yet i felt great to know that a very hard working family lived there. there is alot of history to the glensheen mansion. like if you have toured it i there are pinapples that ment you were welcome in there home if they were covered for any reason it ment that you need to leave. as soon as possible, or in other trems that you were no longer welcome in there home. and there are lions in the home. they mean wealth power, royalty, and prossperious. they also have a romeo and juliet tearess. also they have now just started to talk about the murders. they all ask you if you are all if you are all comfertable with talking about it. there were to 2 murders that i am awear of the nurse and elisbeth witch if yo all did not know was marjorie’s addopited mother if there are any other questions email me at thanks have a great day. p.s. the nurse was murdered on the steps going to the second floor. also elisbeth was sufficated in her bed.

Chris says:

July 14, 2006, 9:34 am

I was recently in Duluth for the airshow. While entering the main building the prosecuting attorney was selling his book, “THE WILL TO KILL.” My sister bought it and of course he autographed it but it was then I was interested in reading about the Glensheen murders, especially knowing that Marjorie is now free and probably crazy as ever. Therefore I purchased another book about Glensheen while walking around Canal Park. Its been very difficult to put the book down, how one person can be so coniving is inconceivable. Elisabeth sure adopted a bad seed. As far as the mansion, its a historical site for other reasons rather than the murders. The murders may have increased the interest of potential vistors. Although I am not sure about the spirits they say roam the mansion, I was told an interesting story the other day by a couple who visited the mansion. They walked in with their baby and soon after the child started crying terribly. The father had to exit the building only to be followed by employees asking if the child was okay. The child never before cried so hysterically and hasnt since the incident. All in all the murders at Glensheen was all about greed. Marjorie had everything given to her but only wanted more. Whereas Jennifer, Marjories sister was the opposite. Unfortunately Jennifer and Marjories inheritance was challenged by other family members because of their adoption into the family. Eventually a court ruled that the girls wold receive their inheritance as their mother wished. Jennifer should have received it all because I dont think Marjorie deserved a damn thing. She was wicked as a child only to become an adult and continue to destroy other peoples lives. That woman does not deserve the freedom she has today.

KarlMohr says:

July 19, 2006, 10:19 pm

I was at Glensheen this week. I didn’t know about the murders at the time. I did, however, notice that it felt cooler in the servants quarters – probably just a coincidence – it was a warm day. I didn’t really notice any paranormal activity. I believe we were in Elizabeth’s bedroom, the one with the pink/green tiled fireplace (for Vassar College where she attended). The guides made no mention of the murders, except for the killing of a burglar by Elizabeth. There was a picture on the mantle of the fireplace of a young Elizabeth holding and aiming a rifle. They said she liked and was proficient with firearms. All in all, an awesome building, I’d like to go again someday.

David G. says:

July 20, 2006, 3:59 pm

Hi, cool site! I’ve been to Glensheen 3 times-once on a grade school tour & twice in my teens. Twice in the spring for tours and once in the winter w/ a singing group. I did not see anything strange on any of the visits but did feel a tremendous amount of sadness & the house felt empty and devoid of life despite the other people taking tours. There were also noticeable changes in tempreture from room to room but I would imagine it’s just drafts. It’s such a huge place & sits right next to Lake Superior so it must cost a fortune to heat in the winter. Back when I lived in Duluth I had heard stories from people who vollunteered there of doors opening & closing (drafts-?) and lights switching on & off (faulty wiring-?) etc. All in all pretty spooky stuff if you care to believe it. The book “Will to Murder” is a very good read & worth checking out. That Marjorie was CRAAAZZZY! I’m interested to see “You’ll LIke My Mother” the movie that was filmed there. Does anyone know if it’s available on dvd or vhs?

DJ says:

July 22, 2006, 3:08 pm

Speaking of peoples murders like they are circus sideshows and making up BS stories, like boning in the master bed is just wrong. There is still friends and family, not to mention the the ones that were supposed to be at work that day… just imagine calling in sick, and that night and find out the next day, your friend and replacement were murdered… have some respect people for the living and non. Going back to the true subject at hand. Many school kids in the area, Superior, Duluth, and many others have visited the place numerous times over the years, I never experienced a supernatural preminition, nor heard sounds, but doesnt mean they are not there, it is in fact an old building with alot of character and well many spooky areas of the house… like the garden room, with the big ol fountain in it… that did give me some goosebumps… who knows maybe it was supernatural, or maybe it wasnt.

Ashley says:

July 22, 2006, 5:57 pm

You’ll like my mother is vhs and you probably will have to go to the library to get it or order it online.

y? says:

July 22, 2006, 11:02 pm

i just went to Glensheen just resently and i really enjoyed it all though i wasnt aloud inside due to the service work we had to do there, (pulling weeds in the old tennis court) but we did tour the grounds. it was really cool… and though some people have written that they had to use the bathroom, or take a shower..that is not true they dont even let people got to the bathroom in the house only in port o potties and you cant take a shower in the house even if you did it would be merky creek water….and i have done plenty of reasearch and i dont think everyone really has the right facts….and anyways why do people write about cheating on there husbands or swearing so much even if it is with *’s? just answer me

DJ says:

July 23, 2006, 9:48 pm

They just wanna make themselves look dangerous, lotsa people like that whole public thing… just go to the rose garden if you want that, otherwise keep the mansion outta those fantasies, its a piece of history, beautiful workmanship, accually has anyone seen the movie Rose Red, striking resemblence in architecture

Jen says:

July 26, 2006, 11:47 pm

I was at the Glensheen last weekend. They do have a public bathroom in the downstairs (“basement”). I think the bedroom she died in was built for her sister Helen. The fireplace in done in her school colors. They tried to restore the original wall paper. But they had to redo the ceiling because of water damage. So I think that is why it took so long to be able to see the room. I cost alot to fix it.

Vicki says:

July 31, 2006, 10:12 am

Actually, nothing has been restored. We had water damage in 1998 and put a new roof on, but we’ve left all the damage “as is.” For one thing, it allows us to see what was under some of the wallpaper and paint. For another, we don’t want to do a thing to the mansion except what is absolutely, positively necessary (such as the new roof).

The “new” wallpaper in Elizabeth’s room (the pink/gray room–really Helen’s old bedroom) was probably put on by the family sometime during the 1950’s to 70’s. The house was occupied by the family from 1908 to 1977, so of course they did some repainting and rewallpapering.

Kelsey says:

August 3, 2006, 4:30 pm

All these comments are saying that the staff is not allowed to talk about the murders. I just wanted to say that my parents, brother and I toured the mansion in July of 2006. OUr tour uide told up about the muders and trials. I don’t recall if she brought it up or if someone asked but she gave us all the information we wanted. She did not, however, mention anything of a haunting. MAybe that’s what they aren’t supposed to talk about. It was a great tour tohough!

P.S. I seriously doubt that anyone was “*******” their girlfriend in the master bedroom. How inappropriate to put that on this web site. And if it is true by some long shot, how completely irresponsible and disrespectful!

Ashley says:

August 3, 2006, 5:39 pm

The wallpaper in Elizabeth’s room was updated by the university after the water damage. So it is not the original or from the 50’s or 70’s.

US Tracker says:

August 6, 2006, 3:23 pm

I wonder if they would let my team in to do a debunking… e.g., an after-hours investigation.

Christine says:

August 14, 2006, 9:32 pm

I am not a skeptic, but some of these comments really bug me. For instance, to the “gentleman” who claims to have been ******* his girlfriend in the master bedroom…give me a break! I grew up in Duluth and my great-grandmother was a seamstress for the Congon’s. Yes, Nurse Velma and Ms. Elizabeth were brutally murdered in the home. There was no “crazed lover.” Yes, Ms. Elizabeth’s son-in-law was charged with the crime. Although this was a horrible and sad event, I believe the two murdered women rest in peace. I do not believe they haunt the mansion. There certainly are eerie places in the building and on the grounds, but I do not believe they are ghosts in this instance.

Christine says:

August 14, 2006, 10:04 pm

I apologize for my misspellings in the above post.

jessica says:

August 19, 2006, 12:10 pm

I was just at Glensheen 8/15/06 and just recently read the book. It was the youngest daughter and and a fill in nurse that were murdered in the mansion. The daughter was found suffocated in Helen’s room and the fill in nurse was beat with a candlestick holder on the main staircase. It was the fill in nurses husband that commited the murders. He hid in the cemetary and entered through the basement. I also could feel all the energy in the house with cold spots especially on the main staircase and in Helen’s room. I also had the feeling of someone following me throughout my tour. I also caught a glimpse of a few shadows in the hallways and a few of the pictures, their eyes almost seemed to follow you when you walked by them.

Alicia says:

August 20, 2006, 7:30 pm

I just visited the house today. I read through most of a bunch of the above comments and had to laugh and roll my eyes at some of the entries. Anyway I do believe in ghosts or spirits but didn’t feel a whole lot of anything expect chills in some spots but it could have been me just knowing that something bad happened in the house. I am glad to know that they can talk about the murders now because they did talk about them on our tour because of curious guests. Anyway, just wanted to say that I do believe it is haunted and for those that say that all of it is nonesense we may never know if it haunted but at we shouldn’t be narrow minded at the same time either because something may happen when you least expect it.

Bree says:

August 21, 2006, 4:48 pm

Ok two people were killed, Elizabeth Congon and her night nurse Velma. They were not killed by an “ex-lover” nor were they killed by Velmas’ husband. The women were killed by one Elizabeths’ adopted daughters, Marjorie and Marjories’ segnifigent other. (Which was convicted of the two murders, but Marjorie was aquitted of the two murders after surving some jail time.) And as for the tour guides not being able to talk about it, that was because the University, that the mansion was givin to from the Congon family, had an agreement that the gides were not to speek of the murders. But now with the families’ concent the tour guides are allowed to talk and answer questions of the murders. Also no one can “****” their girlfriend/boyfriend anywhere in the house, at least where the public can get to, because there are tour guied everywhere and ropes closing off the rooms. You also can not take showers there… this is NOT a “Bed and Breakfest” people! Have any of you saying this sort of stuff even been there?! Probably not! And lets keep your personal stuff out of here no one cares about your sex life, and no one cares if your cheeting on your husband, ect. But anyways I have personally been to the Mansion twice and I have never experienced anything unusual but I did get chills because of knowing the story and what happened there and being where the murders happened. But I dont doubt that somthing paranormal could happen. The house is truly fasinating even without the murders happening. I would recommend anyone to go and visit the beautiful mansion!!!!!

Bree says:

August 21, 2006, 4:53 pm

P.S. Murders aside the house has a great history and beautiful architechure/design. The story of the Congons’ and how hard they worked to get what they had is awsome!!!!! The house has alot more to it than just potetial ghost stories.

Lucy says:

August 27, 2006, 8:03 am

For all of you morons who claim to see the supernatural, you missed out! Do you actually remember the tour or were you too pre-occupied with trying so hard to see a ghost?

Krissy says:

August 28, 2006, 1:50 pm

Wow… lots of different stories on this site, hardly anyone seems to have the story of the murders correct. Read the books–they are sold online and at Glensheen.

I was just at Glensheen for the second time yesterday, and contrary to what some of the people have written on this site, if you pay for the extra tour, you do get to see the top floor, including the attic.

I have never felt anything eerie in Glensheen. However, if you point out the bloodstain on the wall of the stairwell (which is easy to find if you are looking for it!) and ask about it, the tour guide will more than likely tell you what it is and a little bit about what happened. Our tour guide did, anyway! He kept the conversation very limited, however, due to the presence of young children.

It’s worth a trip. But don’t go looking for ghosts. Take the time to enjoy the beauty of the house and the grounds. Don’t forget to wander around the grounds and the paths; if you follow the stone bridge across the stream you’ll find yourself in a cemetary!

trent says:

September 1, 2006, 12:55 am

i was at the glensheen 8/30 06 it semeend ok then when i was on the second staircase leding to the second floor it just got cold for a second but nothing for the rest of the tour but in the basebent i just had a chill it was creepy

Curious says:

September 8, 2006, 8:26 pm

I was to the mansion just this summer and i was wondering if anyone else heard about the stained glass windows changing colors at night. Our tour guide said that the window on the landing by the big desert painting thing that the flowers and stuff change colors when it gets dark.

Sakura-chan says:

September 15, 2006, 11:33 pm

I had gone to the Glendheen mansion when i was about five years old. I don’t remember much about the intrior itself- but I do remember Elizabeth’s room, with the doll. I also remember walking down a hallway, and suddenly feeling cold and a sense of forboding, llike something would happen, something bad… *sweat* I also remember having a feeling of someone constantly keeping an eye on me- as though I was being bad. (Note: I could never keep up with the group- and the feeling came from BEHIND me) AT the time-I had no idea of the haunting- but I knew that something NOT HUMAN was in that house. I would like to go there again someday. ^^

Christoph says:

September 16, 2006, 10:24 am

I’ve been to Glensheen many times..maybe 10 (I really like it there). And I have never senced anything there. And some people are sick saying that they have had sex in the master bedroom…why are you here if you don’t respect the house and peoples belief in the spiritual importance of it. Shame on you.

annie says:

October 2, 2006, 11:39 pm

I went to Glensheen summer before last. The house is unbelievable! The wood work is museum quality. The artisan who did the work in the diningroom had some real talent. The only cold spots that I felt were in the servant’s quarters. They are underground, with tiled walls and floors, a natural occurance. I believe in the afterlife, but there is nothing there. Only a sadness and emtiness that comes from a house that was once full of family and friends. Those who want to believe in the ghost stories, enjoy the thrill of being scared. But I don’t personally think that anyone is haunting Glensheen Manor.

Michael says:

October 8, 2006, 8:08 pm

Spirits don’t haunt every day. They don’t haunt everyone. It is possible that they are there, but that they simply weren’t interested enough in you to reveal themselves.

Jamey says:

October 9, 2006, 5:46 pm

I was at Glensheen this summer with my girlfriend, we walked all over the grounds, and took the tour. There was nothing erie about the house. We were amazed at the detail of the house, and how well it has been preserved. Very interesting.

Sophia says:

October 10, 2006, 1:01 pm

To all those non-believers: this spiritual stuff IS true weather you choose to believe it or not itâ??s up to you. Iâ??m not trying to persuade you into believing it. Paranormal activities does not just â??appearâ? to anyone.. there are certain people that can see and feel these things and then there are those who just canâ??t. (Havenâ??t you ever seen â??The 6th Senseâ?!! ) Anyhow, one of my close friendâ??s recently graduated from the University MN Duluth. Sheâ??s not a person who typically lies or makes up stories. She was good friends with one of the managers. This manager was responsible for closing up and opening up this tourist site. There was a night when all the tourists and staff had left and she was closing up the house. She turned off all the lights and locked the door behind her. She was on her way to her car when she looked back at the house and ALL THE LIGHTS WERE NOW BACK ON. She didnâ??t necessarily see the lights flick on, but from what she remembered, all the lights were off when she left the house. Remember that just because you canâ??t see any ghosts or canâ??t sense them, it doesnâ??t mean that theyâ??re not there.

Laura says:

October 10, 2006, 6:39 pm

My mom was supposed to be the nurse that night, but she couldn’t work so they found someone else and that is the nurse that got killed. How crazy is that!

Andrea says:

October 13, 2006, 2:14 pm

My husband and I went to the Glensheen Mansion 6 years ago. I didn’t feel anything in the house but I did outside. We were walking around outside (before our tour) and came to the side of the house were theres a bridge. We crossed over the bridge and went up the hill. I started to get the creaps then. My hair was standing up on the back of my neck. We walk through some trees and bushes. We found an old cemetery. Then we went on the tour and the tour guide said that Mr. Congdons wife wanted to be next to the cemetery so would have quiet neighbors. I don’t know about the house but I sure felt something by the cemetery.

Jen says:

October 15, 2006, 3:59 am

I went to Glensheen a few years ago and I found the mansion to be very beautiful and almost cheerful looking. I do believe that spirits do exist and I especially believe that when someone is murdered their spirit may be trapped here on earth becaue they may have unfinished business so it may be very well possible that the mansion is haunted. I, however, did not feel like there was any unusual presenses in that house.

pam says:

October 17, 2006, 10:20 am

how do i find the show on court tv, and i am having trouble finding books. can anyone help? i am facinated by things like this, we have heard that there is blood that comes thru on the stairway, (even though it has been painted many times) where the maid was killed, is that correct?

Maria says:

October 18, 2006, 5:18 pm

I worked there for three years and never saw a thing. We got to here a bunch of good spooky stories, but one could always “Consider the source!” No one reliable ever had a real spook story, most of the others sounded made up.

Yes, there are some things that will seem spooky, especially if you have your mind focused on that. The door to the servants stairs in the kitchen does swing open occationally, the door latch is old and doesn’t completely shut right (it’s not a haunted thing, it’s a hardware thing!) Window shades will spring open – those were on a REALLY tight spring and can be hard to pull down at times. I have heard stories of some of the lights coming on, from good sources too, but the house has REALLY old internal wires (bad connections). It’s an old house with lots of creeks and “sounds”. It’s rather dark, which was the style at during the time the house was built. And it has some fiscal problems (or it did when I worked there) so money was tight so heating a HUGE house like that is expensive. If there are an cold spots, I sure never found them on HOT summer days with hundreds of people in the house with no AC!

I worked in the 90’s, and was specially told NOT to talk about the murders out of respect for the family. It was a policy I followed and adopted myself, because I came to learn how wonderful the family (both past and present) is. Apparently the guides can now talk about it, which I feel is a shame. The story of the murders is just sad (a elderly woman of poor health and her retired nurse who was trying to defend her client. This nurse came out of retirement to help out her fellow nurses out of a bind and greatly respected Miss Elisabeth…it’s just sad!)

About the only thing worth mentioning for creeps is there is still a few blood stains (very small dots) on the wall, the finger print on the door handle of the main doors (which may or may not be the murderer’s) and I’ve had MANY people comment about the eyes moving in the portraits (again, you’ll see what you’re looking for). Oh, and the kitchen door. That can seem rather spooky. Many of my coworkers would get spooked on the third floor, but I loved it up there. The rooms weren’t as ornate and tours were smaller (less people looking only for the murder, mostly people who love history, architure or interior design). People are allowed up there, but fewer at a time due to fire codes.

BTW – Elisabeth did not shoot & kill the thief, it happened next door at her older sister Majorie’s house (the Manion, which is a B&B you can stay in) and her sister Majorie shot the would-be-thief.

Like someone else mentioned, if you want creepy, go next door to the old Swedish Cemetary (it’s where the murderer(s) hung out prior to the break-in). I’ve heard people finding old coffin handles and other artifacts down by the lakeshore.

There certainly lots of stories at Glensheen, most of them made up! It’s a beautiful place built by a great family.

Tammy says:

October 20, 2006, 2:28 pm

I have never been to the mansion but I have read the book. Very interesting and quite sad. My sister and a friend of hers went on the tour a couple of years ago. They never said anything about hearing noises or feeling cold. She did say that there is a red rope that goes around certain areas of Elizabeth’s room and you can not go into certain parts of the mansion. Whether it is haunted or not, I can’t wait to go see it!

Katie says:

October 21, 2006, 8:14 pm

I was just there this past weekend and I didn’t feel anything.but there could very well possibly be ghosts there.I bought a book on their murders, and i gotta say Marjorie Caldwell Hagen is MESSED UP!!!

Amanda says:

October 21, 2006, 9:26 pm

You know what i think is really funny when i visited the mansion i had asked one of the tour guides if the murders really happened and she said that they arent aloud to talk about it! My question is why if you are giving guests there tours then why wont you give them the hole story. Are they trying to say it never happened? My heart goes out to the souls left in that house because of the crazed fiance.

Clint says:

October 22, 2006, 10:44 pm

My wife and I recently toured Glensheen. First and foremost, I feel the need to comment on, as no one else has, that for $44, for two people to tour the whole house, it seemed a little bit like a rip off. Not even a brochure of facts was handed out. Regardless, the house is amazing and for history fans, is a great place to experience what life was like 100 years ago. I have to agree with past comments, that, no, I did not experience any “hauntings” but I did experience this overwhelming sense of sadness. All of that money and time put into this magnificent property and now, it sits, each day a piece of it’s splendor slipping away.

Tay says:

October 23, 2006, 10:38 am

I went to the mansion one time and there was this room and i guess a girl named Philis was murderd there. Also I took a dump in the toilet and i turned around to flush er bye bye and it was already gone. A ghost must have stole MY **** TO RING SOMEONES NECK!

Kris says:

October 24, 2006, 1:49 am

I took a trip up that way about two or three years ago with some friends. on that day, we were not aloud on the top floor due to an accident with an employee. however when we were taking pictures of the outside we noticed after development that there was what looked like a person looking out the window down on the people walking around. i would have just passed it off as an employee, however it did not look like a human. It had a sort of blue tint and haze to it.

Joe says:

October 25, 2006, 10:58 pm

I live in Duluth and have been to Glensheen before. I did not experience anything, but I know a woman who works there and saw an elderly woman in a blue nightgown on the stairs. This was during clean up after a dinner at the mansion and there was no one there like that.

Anan Cestor says:

October 27, 2006, 2:30 pm

I belong to the family, I assure you it is not haunted and the comments about Elizabeth’s room aren’t true. At the end she no longer was in that room.

Doug Muich says:

October 29, 2006, 2:20 am

Hi everyone, Your comments are interesting and some are even true. I am very close to the story of what has transpired there, you see my step mother was on Marjorie’s jury. I had dinner with Marjorie in our home in Rosemount, MN after the trial was finished.
Marjorie mentioned stories of royalty staying at the house as part of the mansion’s history. The house is lovely I have been there twice shortly after the trial finished in Hastings MN. I was in the meeting room were Elezabeth was murdered and felt nothing. I think most people just say many strange things to bring attention to there feelings about the home and the way they felt during a tour of this very old house.

melissa says:

November 1, 2006, 11:13 pm

It has been many years since I have been to the mansion. I find it interesting that Marie above mentioned the third floor, as when I was there, I was told the story, that there was a murder on the third floor. At that time when I toured it, the third floor was off limits and closed off and not even talked about except that it was the boys floor. That of cource was back in the early 80’s. Thats how long it has been for me. I agree its a beautiful place. I don’t ever recall anything unusal then.

jUke boX hERo says:

November 9, 2006, 12:20 pm

This whole page is absolutely ridiculous. Of all the posts on this page, there are about 2 or 3 that are actually worth reading. In fact, the original blurb about this mansion isn’t even remotely accurate. The woman was half paralyzed at the time of her murder, she was never married, I’m going to doubt that she even had a crazed lover. Elizabeth and her nurse (not her pet as someone suggested), Velma were murdered. Velma was struck by something and died in the stairway. Elizabeth was smothered by a pillow in her bed. Roger Caldwell, Elizabeth’s adopted daughter’s(Marjorie) husband, was a suspect, was convicted, but then it was appealed after years in prison. It has always been suspected that Marjorie was behind it and also that this wasn’t her first attempt. The story of Marjorie’s life is extremely fascinating and for a good read I suggest the book “Glensheen’s Daughter – The Marjorie Congdon Story” by Sharon Darby hendry ( The book will give you all a much better insight as to what happened in that house. It’s an extremely disturbing story. That poor nurse was retired and wasn’t even supposed to be working that night.
As for the house being haunted, I doubt it. Not every big old mansion with a murder story winds up haunted. The stories you have told are either ridiculous or more likely explained by your nerves overreacting to the hype about the place.
I’ve been there, and knowing what happened there definitely overwhelms you with a sadness when you enter. But there was absolutely nothing creepy about the house.
Go pick up that book I suggested, though. I think you’ll find it fascinating.

easylife says:

November 11, 2006, 7:31 am

I have been to Glensheen on several accounts. I have never seen nor heard anything strange. But it is the most remarkable house. The woodwork, wallpapers and contents are a thing to see. If a person wants to see how the rich lived back then, walk through those doors, it is truly amazing. It is sad to see that people will kill for money. As Jukebox said get the books, they are fascinating! Happy Haunting

Todd says:

November 15, 2006, 10:34 am

I recently went to Glensheen. I could see things out of the corners of my eyes and whe I looked, they were gone. it was a creepy place to be.

rob says:

November 18, 2006, 6:32 pm

I live 50 miles from the mansion, the only thing creepy is the way the artist made the portraits eyes seem to follow you.There is no way somone had a shower in the mansion, or sex. It is a guided tour. Magnificent woodwork,antiques,flowers on the edge of lake superior.

vicki says:

November 22, 2006, 1:10 am

To set the record straight–the third floor and attic were off limits for years strictly due to fire code/regulations. There is only one stairway to the third floor so that in an emergency, it might be difficult to exit. Therefore, we only allow ten people on a tour there. In the lower floors, there are three stairways so that more people can be on those floors.

People ask me all the time if the place is haunted. I say, “Not while *I* am there!” It is a delightful, gorgeous mansion with a fascinating history. People come from all over the world just to look at the art, tile, and the style of the mansion.

Marie says:

November 22, 2006, 2:55 pm

I moved to Duluth Minnesota in 1977, the summer of the murders, and toured the mansion 4 times in the 15 years I lived there.

The tour guides have you enter the house through the basement area where the laundry room is so the woman that was so taken by how empty the house felt the moment she stepped through the front door is full of baloney!

Makes a nice post though, I guess.

Sarah says:

November 25, 2006, 4:53 pm

I live in Duluth, MN and I have for years. I have never been to the Glensheen Mansion. Though I am a firm believer of ANYTHING supernatural, I am disappointed to say that I have never heard of anything creepy about the place. I have many friends and coworkers that have toured the estate, but never mentioned any scary or ghost-related experience. I still look forward to going sometime, but fear I will be let down if and when I do not experience anything life-changing. For those of you who truly have experienced some type of haunting, you are very lucky; but to those of you who have but have your nose too high in the air, ..take another look!

heehrherhr says:

November 30, 2006, 3:45 pm

glensheen is not haunted. yer story is nowhere near correct. and the tour guide talks about the murders during every tour. he even makes jokes about it. i love supernatural stories, but yers is poorly retold and has no truth to it. also, most believe now that it wasn’t the girl’s husband that did it, it was the girl herself. her husband died not too long after she was released from prison. so…as for the haunting…no.

Tessa Fuhrer says:

December 6, 2006, 8:15 pm

I don’t see how people think you make all this up. I mean my class is doing a research project on anything we want except sports so yeah. I picked this and I read so many FACTS about it so how could you make this all up…. EXACTLY you couldn’t and plus the website and all the other websites I have been to with the total opposite researcher would not have the same thing or add on to EXACTLY the same thing so yeah!!!

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

? says:

December 7, 2006, 1:01 pm

Its true about the teacher!!

relly sorry says:

December 9, 2006, 11:39 am

I am very sorry that all of these people are using this as a chat room. I am sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!

vicki says:

December 10, 2006, 1:25 am

Someone said: “The tour guides have you enter the house through the basement area where the laundry room is so the woman that was so taken by how empty the house felt the moment she stepped through the front door is full of baloney!”

All tours enter through the front door. Perhaps they used to enter from the laundry room, but not now.

Bri says:

December 12, 2006, 4:00 am

I have to say hauntings are very real sometimes you can experiance them and at times you cant spirits arent
there to prove you wrong things usually only happen to those who have belief even the smallest,and to those that dont and judge them you will be shown the truth when you least expect it,I did.

alicia says:

December 31, 2006, 10:31 pm

The first time I toured the mansion with my family we did enter through the basement/ground floor, this was in 1989 or around then. The second time, in 2003, we did enter through the front door. I did not know about the murder the first time we toured – I was only 11 years old. The second time I was aware of the murders, but did not feel anything weird either time. It was cold in spots, but I grew up in a home that was over 100 years old, so I kind of expected that! No shadows, ghosts or anything. I find it strange people remark that there are ropes around Elizabeth’s room. There are ropes in pretty much all the bedrooms to protect them. The tour guides did not bring up the murders, and my husband and I did not ask. I really did not care about them. I went to tour the mansion.

Heather says:

January 4, 2007, 3:19 pm

I have been there plenty of times, and I have known the whole story since i was young. My mom grew up in Duluth and lived down the street from Glensheen and remembers the whole thing. The house is huge and beautiful, and there is definately a feeling of sadness over the house. Who knows if it is “haunted” or if there are spirits that still preside in the house…although nothing has happened to me…Its not my place to tell these other visitors that what they remember is false. I think we are ignorant not to believe that spirits are around us… Anyway I think that everyone who keeps saying that the people on here that have had experience with “hauntings” are liars should shut their mouths and let the people talk. Your stories are interesting and i have had experiences with ghosts/spirits in other places….So keep telling your stories.. THANK YOU!!!

Heather says:

January 4, 2007, 3:32 pm

One more thing…the movie “Youll Like My Mother” is extremely hard to find. Its only on VHS and I just bought one from EBAY actually and I paid 42$…thats actually can find it for between 40$ and 100$…

Lisa says:

January 13, 2007, 12:56 pm

I toured Glensheen last summer with my two daughters, who were born and raised in the Netherlands and germant, I wanted to show them the picture of the girl with the cat, it hangs across from the blue room, down thw hall where Ms.Congdon had been murderd.Does anyone know who the girl in that picture is?The girl could seriously be my identical twin, it’s rather strange.I saw the portait when I first toured the manner in sixth grade, I thought it was a mirror, and tried to fix my hair, it took me a while to figure out it wasn’t me.I would like to thank the Congdons for their generosity in allowing us all this wonderful experience.I would also ask you all to dignify their generosity by being curtious of the mansion, the last time we had gone someone had stolen an emblem off of a chair in Edwards’ room, we saw the emblem in a photo that had been taken of the room previously.Please people, if you steal, they won’t entrust any of us with their gifts.I was also wodering if any one knows if the congdons have ever publshed any books on their castle in washington? It is the same family is’nt it ?

Michelle says:

January 15, 2007, 3:40 pm

I have been a volunteer at Glensheen for close to 5 years. I have also slept over there twice and nothing has ever happened to me.

michelle says:

January 15, 2007, 3:43 pm

I have volunteered at Glensheen for 5 years, slept over there twice and nothing scary has ever happened.

Lauren says:

January 18, 2007, 11:52 am

Good info.
were doing a report got any more?

Miss United States says:

January 20, 2007, 9:11 pm

Joshua Wozniak, do not call Scarlet Ohara a ***** with a captital B. You’re a dumb *** whos just incredibly jealous that shes has way better spelling skills than your fat head self has. I mean did you see the comment you left calling her a *****? It had at least 7 miss spellings… How thick (dumb) can you get?

The only story I believe here is the one with the young 4 year old girl suddebly beinging to cry and saying she was scared, unknowing about the murders ever accuring.

Though heres my story…
We were up the in Attec when I walked passed a dresser that suddenly moved.
I screamed and backed away. I stared at it for a second then tried to walk pass it again to catch up with my group when it moved again. Sooner or later I realized there was a lose board in the floor that was making it move when I walked on it.

As for Vannesa, WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION. If you want to talk like that go to your own sex site and there, you can tell everyone you want to get fucked. God, you whore.

Sarah says:

January 20, 2007, 9:16 pm

wow this website almost made my day!
its incredibly funny!
you all are fat heads!
accept for Miss US! :]

employee says:

January 23, 2007, 12:52 am

I actually work at Glensheen, and after being there multiple times a week, sometimes until 1 or so in the morning, for a half a year now, NEVER have I had a “ghostly” experience. I’ve heard a few stories from my co workers but I’ve never heard of any of the supposed ghostly stories that people are telling on here. some of the people I work with have worked at the museum for up to 15 years, and have never had anything weird happen to them. personally I think that visitors who come and except an experience only think they feel a cold spot or see something only because they are looking for one. just thought i’d tell you.

employee says:

January 23, 2007, 12:55 am

and to answer lisa’s question, the daughter in the picture is the artist, emile renard’s, daughter. I don’t honestly see how she could have thought that was a mirror since it obviously is a painting, and she’s holding at cat…. yes, the home in washington was the congdon’s 2nd home. it is called west home, and was nicknamed “congdon castle” by people living in the town

Holly says:

January 26, 2007, 12:54 pm

Could people please submit comments based on fact?! I have visited the mansion many times over the years and I too have never felt anything strange or out of the ordinary in the house. Just because two people were killed there does not make it haunted. Try really looking at the house and marvel at the detailed construction of it. The beauty of the artwork, the furniture, the woodwork, etc. Sensationalizing the deaths of two people is not only grotesque, it’s disrespectful. Let’s grow up people and try using the brains god gave you!

darian says:

January 28, 2007, 6:47 pm

i have never been to the glensheen mansion but i intend to go there very soon and i have been reading a lot about the glensheen mansion and a alot about the murders. i am very interested in this and recently got a book that had many different reasons and proof of the house being haunted!

megan ann says:

February 2, 2007, 5:57 pm

wow u people need to chill out it is either haunted or not wateva it is dont fight
i feel bad wat happen to elizabeth and velma but people just chill

darian says:

February 2, 2007, 9:33 pm

i think the person below me should stop commenting and she needs to chill. let people put there own opinions down wether they think the huse is haunted or not!!no offense

darian says:

February 2, 2007, 9:34 pm

i think the person above me should stop commenting and she needs to chill. let people put there own opinions down wether they think the huse is haunted or not!!no offense

Maya says:

February 4, 2007, 2:26 pm

It is a very beautiful building and live very close to it.

Maya says:

February 4, 2007, 2:27 pm

The Glensheen Mansion is a very beautiful place.

Steph says:

February 12, 2007, 8:28 pm

I took at tour at the Glensheen Mansion about 10 years ago and did not experience anything paranormal that I recall. However, this is NOT to say that it is not haunted. I think it is disrespectful of those who have had NO experiences there to say that those have had are nutz and off their rockers. NOT SO! Who are we to discount their experiences, some may not believe, but allow others the same right to believe and to express their opinions!

Lindy says:

March 5, 2007, 6:23 pm

We took a tour of the mansion about 3 years ago. Our guite was an older woman,mid sixty. She took us to th attic and when we were away from the other groups, told us that she had indeed had some experiences herself in the house. In the attic and in the basement areas!

poo face says:

March 10, 2007, 2:47 pm

how much is that doggy in the window ruff ruff i wonder if that dog is for sale… ruff ruff

D. Fole says:

March 13, 2007, 1:50 pm

So this one time we were visiting this fucked up mansion called Glensheen and i had to ****. so i ran quickly to the port a ******* and my body became engulfed with **** as it flew out my behind. all of a sudden this lady came up and she was like what the **** is that smell. and then i realized she was a ghost so she couldnt die from the smell. so we smoked a cigar and had a few shots of wild turkey. and we made love and i left. best experience of my life.

Katelynn says:

March 14, 2007, 3:12 pm

I have been to Glensheen only once when I was around 6 or 7 I don’t really remember a whole lot about the mansion. I plan on going back in May, I have read both “Will To Murder” and “Glensheen’s Daughter-The Marjorie Congdon Story”. Both of the books are for sure worth reading, they give a lot of information on the family and also all the facts about the murders. I don’t exactly appreciate what a lot of people have said in their posts, why wouldn’t you make sure you knew the real facts. It’s very disrespectful to the family that are still living and also the one’s who have past. Anyway, I am very excited to visit Glensheen again and I suggest anyone with interest in the mansion to get the books, they are an excellent read.

tim says:

March 18, 2007, 10:46 pm

this place isnt haunted. i have been there 4 times and live only a couple of miled from it. i have been on all of there tours & plan to go there again this year. no offence, but there are surely explanaions to these expeirences. i have went there with my friends & they never got “haunted”. and i know alot of people who go there & work there and for them there was no expiences. so, yah. im 13 so critisize me if you want.

tim says:

March 18, 2007, 10:47 pm

1 more thing, did you people relize this is run by the dumb network. i think. thats wat my screen says. mabe im wrong. so ya, critize me if you please to

tim says:

March 18, 2007, 10:52 pm

and this info people are giving is false.

kelly alvarez says:

March 24, 2007, 12:11 pm

I have never been to this house,but have met Maggie as she goes by now.She was just arrested in Arizona where she now lives.

Sara says:

March 26, 2007, 5:18 pm

I visited Glensheen just yesterday (March 25, 2007) during a weekend stay in Duluth. The weather was cold and damp with a thick, heavy fog – which added to the mysteriousness of the visit. I’ve toured the grounds before, but had never been inside the mansion. The house is beautiful, but the atmosphere is sad and empty.

I took the standard tour (which includes everything but the 3rd floor). The tour guide never mentioned the murders, but I was well aware of the tragedy. It’s a facinating story that seems to never end (you’ll see why below).

Here are the details: Elisabeth Congdon was murdered during the early morning of June 27, 1977; she was 83 and partly paralyzed. Also killed was nurse Velma Pietila, who had tried to defend her helpless charge. Officials charged that Marjorie Hagen (the adopted daughter of Elisabeth Congdon) and her then-husband, Roger Caldwell, planned the murders to speed up their inheritance. Elisabeth Congdon was the last surviving child of Duluth mining magnate Chester Congdon. Elisabeth never married, but she raised two adopted daughters in the 39-room Glensheen mansion on the shores of Lake Superior.

Roger Caldwell was convicted of the crimes. Hagen was charged but acquitted. She then married Wally Hagen, apparently without divorcing Caldwell. Bigamy charges were filed in North Dakota, but she was never tried.

In 1984 she was convicted of arson for burning down a house in Mound. After her release from a Minnesota prison, she and Hagen moved to Arizona.

In 1991, suspicious fires broke out in her neighborhood in Ajo, Ariz., and she was convicted again of arson.

On the day she was to be sent to prison for the Arizona arson, Wally Hagen mysteriously died in their home. Marjorie Hagen was charged with murder, but the charges were dropped because there was evidence that the couple may have comtemplated an abortive double suicide.

Ironically (and unbenownst to me during my tour), Marjorie was arrested on Friday (3/23/07) in Tucson, Ariz., on suspicion of theft, forgery, fraud and computer tampering. She has been living in Tucson since her release from an Arizona prison in 2004 after serving an 11-year term for arson.

During my tour of Glensheen, we stood on the landing of the staircase where the night nurse (Velma) was bludgeoned to death by Roger Caldwell with a brass candlestick. We also saw Elisabeth’s bedroom (where she lived as an adult — it’s the first room to the right of the staircase), where Roger smothered her with a pink satin pillow. No trace of the murders exist, and it was hard to imagine that it actually happened.

We also went into the billard room, where Caldwell said he entered the home through a window. The room smelled musty, just as he had described to investigators.

I didn’t experience anything paranormal until we were in the kitchen, when a closed door that leads to the basement opened on its own. We had been standing in the kitchen for a few minutes before the door mysteriously opened. The tour guide quickly shut the door and blew off the incident saying something like, “That door must not have been completely shut.”

Regardless of whether or not you believe in hauntings, the incident I experienced yesterday was odd to say the least. And the fact that it was so foggy outside added to the creepiness of the tour. And how ironic that Marjorie is now in trouble with the law again.

Despite all of this, I try to imagine Glensheen back in its hey day before the tragedy struck, when the halls were full of life and laughter. If only those walls could talk.

ex-employee says:

March 27, 2007, 1:26 am

I think all these postings are really interesting. I was a tour guide at Glensheen about a year ago and worked there for a couple years. I have been in the house hundreds of times, in the dark, during thunderstorms, and with only one other person there. It is a creepy house, but just because it is dark and old not because it is haunted. Some people have stories to tell. But anytime someone hears about a murder, stories will start.

cheryl says:

March 27, 2007, 3:19 pm

Check out the movie “you’ll like my mother” . This was filmed at Glennsheen a couple of years before the murders. It’s a creepy movie about a woman (Patty Duke) who shows up at the Mansion to meet her deceased
husbands mother and let her know she is pregnant with the sole heir to the mansions fortune. Every thing goes downhill for Ms. Duke from there. It is quit Eerie a film considering what happened just a couple years after it’s filming. It is also amazing how they make the mansion appear to be so far from civilization.

kaitlyn says:

June 13, 2007, 11:00 pm

i loved this place it was very cool and when you go in when you are going up the stairs to the second level it feels like you are going to fall down the stairs but you will not and the glass that is right on the stair in the window and it will turn colors and it is very cool so i would like veryone to go to the place.

rachel says:

June 14, 2007, 10:02 am

I thought the nurse and old lady were killed by the daughter, not a lover?

Grand_forks says:

June 23, 2007, 4:47 pm

Okay this story isnt right trust me and you cant go on the 3rd floor b/c to many weird things happen up there….a butler or tour guide i think it was was thrown from the top of the stairs early one morning a couple years ago and like if you go up there weird happenings just get to you! so its gated off and no one that works there even goes up there….the place is cary always has fog around it….it seems always in winter you get chills going up your spine as you pass by in the car….atleast thats wut everyone on our class trip thought as we passed by the house theres more then meets the eye

vgs says:

June 26, 2007, 1:28 am

‘you cant go on the 3rd floor b/c to many weird things happen up thereâ?¦.’

WRONG! I’m a docent there and take people on the “expanded” tour all the time. We go to the third floor and attic. Only ten people can be on those floors at one time due to lack of fire escapes. If and when we get more escapes, we’ll have even more tours on those floors.

I discuss the murders briefly, and will go into detail after my tour (on an informal basis). I don’t like to say much if there are children on my tour.

See you at the mansion–it’s fantastic!

vgs says:

June 30, 2007, 10:32 pm

“I thought the nurse and old lady were killed by the daughter, not a lover?”

They were killed by the daughter’s son-in-law. There is much more to this story. If anyone is interested, get to your library and check out “Will to Murder.” It is fantastic and unbelievable–except that it’s all true.

steph says:

July 1, 2007, 3:02 pm

I do believe that Glensheen is haunted.I took a tour in the summer of 2007 with my mom and step dad and tour guide said that we couldnt go up to the 3rd floor because it wasnt safe. and in the basement there were a lot of cold spots.also when we were going up and down the stairs in the house, i was the last one going up, and i did hear footsteps behind me but there was no one there.

casey says:

July 1, 2007, 9:15 pm

once i went to this mansion called the glensheen mansion and i had to go to the bathroom and i walked in there was this woman in a white dress and she said my name i was so freaked out by it that i peed in my pants.the tour guide thought i was a freak.

Reece says:

July 3, 2007, 3:16 am

Dude’s this sounds like a load of bullshit.

Being in a haunted house is nothing like you people describe it.

My best friend who is 30 years old has actually been in a real haunted house.
When he was about my age of 19, his friend knwe a man who owned this old house. He was a strongly religious person. Anyway my mate and his buddy Thought that this was a load of bullshit and they went to check it out. My friend said he walked through the house, in a very skeptical manner experienced nothing weird until his friend phoned him on the moblie and told him to check on the bathroom. My friend insisted on how skeptical he is of these things. After he recieved the call he thought it was **** and charged in to the bathroom like he was going to knock some ******* out. He said he got about one step into their and he could not go futher, as if something really didnt want him there. He described it like walking into a heavy curtain and no matter how hard he tried he could not walk fully into the room. He phoned his buddy afterwards and said “lets get out of this ****** house, this place is fucked up!”. He got on his bike with his mate and rode like nutters.

WIL says:

July 10, 2007, 1:58 pm

I visited the Glensheen home on 07/09/07
and found it to be very interesting and beautiful
alot of history was learned on it’s construction
I personally brought up the murder to our guide
in the room were elizabeth was killed in her bed
(smuthered with a pillow) and my guide was very
open about it and explained the the story about
the double homocide with no problems.
I felt no cold feelings in the home at all, the
stairways weren’t cold, the all white tile masterbath was a little freaky,third floor is open for viewing
it had to be repaired due to water damage from roof
I highly recommend it!

Monique says:

July 13, 2007, 1:56 am

My boyfriend and I visited the mansion on 7/8/07 and loved it. Yes,I have been very interested about the murders since I can remember. I grew up going on family vacations to Two Harbors,MN since I was weeks old.We would pass the mansion on London Road even before the murders took place. Ive felt a sadness when I have visited the estate (only twice). However, it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life. I would highly recommend to anyone.I think their souls have moved on. BUT I GUESS THATS UP TO YOU!

Brad says:

July 13, 2007, 7:19 pm

I was at the glensheen mansion last tuesday, and it was the scariest place i have ever been to in my entire life. there were dolls in the girls room that were following me with their eyes and i left that room kinda creeped out because i didn’t know that the place was haunted at the time. But when i turned the corner a lady that looked like a maid or a housekeeper looked at me and just stared, she had the look of being scared in her eyes, but i don’t know what reason she would have to be afraid of me, i was absolutely terrifed. i went downstairs to tell my parents and they didn’t beleive me because i pull a lot of practical jokes. I then went to my sister to see if she would beleive me and she actually did. she wanted to leave the place right away after i told her my story. We left soon after that, but it was still the most terrifying experience i have ever had.

Bull crap says:

July 14, 2007, 2:01 pm

You should really stop saying a bunch of **** that place isnt hunted and there deffinitly isnt cold spots all over the place, maybe there is because its an old house. And Brad ur story was so made up dolls follow your eyes everywhere, or your just cyco. But i went there and all there was to see was just a regular mansion. I thought it was so cool!!!

And i have a thought why dont you guys actully read the book behind the murders insted of hearing rumors about that place. Because its all a load of ****.

vgs says:

July 15, 2007, 2:48 pm

I am a docent at the mansion. In fact, maybe some of you have been on my tours!

First, there are two paintings in the house which were painted in the style where the “eyes follow you.” That’s not unique to Glensheen and it doesn’t mean there is a ghost there. It means the artists did a good job.

Second, the third floor and attic are not “unsafe.” We only allow ten people per tour on those floors simply because we only have one staircase as a fire exit. If we can get another fire escape somehow, then we’ll open the floor up for more people.

Third, if you feel cold spots it’s probably from the fans around the house or maybe drafty 100-year-old windows. The basement is probably 10º colder than the rest of the house, which is typical in Duluth.

Four, if you saw a ghost in the public bathroom, I will be surprised. There is nothing remotely scary about the bathroom. And the other bathrooms on the grounds are portable “Sani-huts”–so if you see ghosts in them, that’s definitely weird. 😉

Jenni says:

July 15, 2007, 9:51 pm

I was about 8-9 years old when my family and my parents friends (family) went to the Glensheen mansion. The whole time I was walking through I couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching us. There was definatly a feeling of a unseen precense there. Then when we were out in the Garden I still had the feeling someone was watching and when I looked back and up in the room over looking the garden I could swear there was someone looking out. I even saw the curtin move and I know no one was in there for we were all outside. But the lady I saw was a younger lady dressed in clothes from like the 1800’s and she had her hair all up in alose bun as they would back then. Just was very creepy though I never told anyone about this until recently for I knew no one would believe me.

austin says:

July 30, 2007, 11:25 pm

when i visited the mansion nothing happened. so i think you are all making it up.

Patricia says:

August 1, 2007, 6:23 pm

Ok people there isnt any cold spots i just recently went there and that was because there are fans every where. and you guys are probably doing that cuz you want to freak out all of the people who are visiting this website and are about to go and see the mansion. So do us ALL a favor and stop making stuff up.

Emily says:

August 5, 2007, 4:33 pm

I went to Glensheen today actually and it was amazing!! It was so beautiful; i didn’t want to leave.
I love learning the history! I will be back there soon.

PatRick says:

August 8, 2007, 5:25 pm

Glensheen is haunted. I have had friends there who had the creepy feeling but I don’t think it’s haunted by Velma and Elizabeth. Something else is there but I don’t think it’s harmful just kinda there and wants people to stay because when I went through I felt loneleness.

Judy says:

August 26, 2007, 2:20 pm

My husband and I have been through the Mansion a couple of times. It is very, very interesting. If those walls could only talk!

I love the place, and after learning about the family, can only imagine how warm and inviting it must have been in its heyday!

I have read every book on the murders, and much of what is written is hearsay. Marjorie was acquitted. She had a solid alibi, and her husband, Roger never, ever, implicated her, even after she dumped him while he was in jail.
In fact, he swore to his dying day that he never killed those women. The bogus confession was only so he could get out. His “confession” caused more questions than what it answered.
AND, why on Earth, did they never go after the accomplice whom they all know was there that night!
Too many unanswered questions all the way around.

I would like to know what Meshbesher’s take on the whole thing is today. I know what DeSanto thinks because I’ve talked to him.

Thompson, still doesn’t know if Roger Caldwell was guilty or not.

Judy says:

August 26, 2007, 7:13 pm

There were not more than the two murders at Glensheen.
Elisabeth’s sister-in-law, a widow, who lived down the street, killed an intruder 7 years before the Glensheen murders.

amy says:

August 30, 2007, 11:45 am

I visited the Glensheen Mansion with my friend Lori in August of 2007. I was in hopes of experiencing a ghostly appariton, but did not. (I love ghost stories, and truly believe in them) However, I was not disappointed. It was a beautiful Mansion, and our tour guide was very knowledgable. We toured all three floors, and it was worth it.

The tour guides ARE allowed to speak of the murders if someone inquires about them. They are not allowed to BRING UP the subject.

Jessica says:

August 30, 2007, 3:49 pm

I visited the Glensheen for a wedding and experienced nothing out of the ordinary. I didnt even know anything really about the murders until right before I went but the place was so beautiful! Right not I am reading Will To Murder to learn more about what happened though.

Sarah says:

August 30, 2007, 10:36 pm

I was at Glensheen Mansion yesterday for the first time. I was told about the murders by my friend who has done quite some research on this house… I did not see any thing unusual. The kitchen was huge, and we didn’t go into the second floor. I do agree though, although people were all around, the house did feel empty, sad and very cold (not temperature). Anyhow, I hope to have the tour next time… Learn more and see it all.

heetseeker says:

September 18, 2007, 9:20 am

I have also been to the Glensheen. Having researched the mansions and the murders I did not experience anything out of the ordinary. Yes I did see images where the nurses was found and yes I did see Elizabeths body in the bed but only because my mind was putting them there (I had seen the pics). Is Glensheen haunted? Maybe. This house was built at the turn of the century with materials that do no t exsist now. The house and grounds are extremly beautiful and a reminiscent of a time that will never come again. I want to thank the Congdons for donating the property to the University so we can enjoy the old world carpentry and beauty this house has. As far as the hauntings, if it keeps people going to it and spending their money so be it. The U needs the money to keep this beautiful place open.

Britt K says:

October 2, 2007, 11:04 pm

I was just at Glensheen October 2, 2007. I experienced nothing strange at all. It was a beautiful house. I did see the spot on the wall near the staircase between the 1st and 2nd floors that is rumored to be a blood stain from the nurse’s murder. I do not know if this is just a rumor or if it is true. Even near this spot, I never felt anything creepy. I do not believe this home is haunted.

kristi black says:

October 9, 2007, 8:29 pm

I was just at Glensheen this last weekend and while i was in the last bedroom that elizabeth had stayed in, I got total body tingles and body rush, I had to hold on to my boyfriens or I thought i might fall over,it was very overwhelming, after we left the room it went away…..I’m not saying…but I’m saying…..

Brooke says:

October 10, 2007, 5:07 pm

I don’t get why everyone thinks it is haunted. It’s not. There is no such thing. I went there 3 times, and I knew about the murders the third time I went, but not the first and second time. I didn’t notice anything weird at all. There is absolutley no reason for cold spots in the basement, based on the fact that both Velma and Elizabeth were murdered on the staircase (Velma) or in Elizabeth’s bedroom. Elizabeth was partly paralized. Roger did indeed do the crimes, and Marjorie was proven inocent. But she was suspected of the death of her 3rd husband, Wally Hagen. Roger got in through the basement door to do the murders. He was mad because he wanted the house, but could not get it, because Elizabeth knew that Marjorie and Roger couldn’t afford to keep it up.

Brooke says:

October 10, 2007, 5:22 pm

OMG!!!!!!!! When I went to the home all three times the kitchen door opened and the tour guide shut it and said the same thing. I know I sound crazy, but my imagionation sucks (or so people tell me) so I don’t think I could have imagined it. I don’t believe in ghosts, but they fascinate me, SO KEEP WRITING!!!

Yup says:

October 13, 2007, 8:15 pm

That’s not true it was the old lady’s neice’s husband who killed her. The neice wanted her dead for insurance.

Bonnie W. says:

October 18, 2007, 11:48 pm

I have been to Glensheen several times and never had a paranormal experience. It is a wonderful mansion to tour and very much a part of Duluth’s history. My great aunt and uncle use to be the cook and chauffeur for the Congdon’s and my aunt was still alive when Miss Elizabeth was murdered. She was quite saddened when my mother told her of the news.
I also have been to the old Swedish cemetary across the bridge from Glensheen, as I have relatives buried there. I go every Memorial day to clean up the graves. Because the cemetary sits on a clift overlooking Lake Superior, at times part of the clift has erroded away and coffins have been exposed and actually tumbled down to the ground below. One can find gravestones right at the clift’s edge, but again I have never had a paranormal experience there. It is a very quiet and beautiful place.

Jenny says:

October 22, 2007, 5:55 pm

I visited the Glensheen Mansion in 2003 with some friends and I heard of the murders but did not know details until after the tour. I remember on the tour feeling a very weird and uneasy feeling while standing on the landing of the stairs and come to find out that the nurse had died on the landing between the floors!! I did not feel any “cold spots” but I definitely felt like we were not alone in that house and that the family members that were killed were still hanging around, and also I did feel almost a kind of sadness or depression in the house it was not a happy place thats for sure. It is very interesting to visit.

Angel Eyes says:

October 23, 2007, 1:59 pm

I just visited the Glensheen Mansion on Saturday (10-18-07) and I want to say that I didn’t experience anything of the paranormal.My tour guide had his own personal experience since being hired this summer, but he said that everyone has their own personal experiences and opinions, so why can’t we leave it at that? It’s one thing if people are looking for a thrill, but it’s also another thing if people are making up rumors, or causing disrespect for the Cogdon family.Some of the stories sound absurd, but who knows about the rest of them! I too felt sadness for the family as I toured the home. I also crossed the bridge and ventured to the cemetary and felt peace when I was there.
One of the thrills about the Glensheen Mansion is that everyone who has been there has their own experience and you can choose to believe it or not!
Happy Halloween!

mvj says:

October 27, 2007, 11:39 am

omg i visited the glensheen i was being whatched by a shadow of darkness and every room i went she was there and it was a women in a dress. i DID feel a cold breeze as i was passing Elizabeths Bedroom.that was the frekyest thing ive ever done and i do know about all the murders and ive read all the books. as i was walking out the door i felt a tap on my shoulder so i turned around but nobody was there. ive also thought that everyone was making up what they said so i had to see 4 myself and i did and now i know they wern’t making any thing up!

jbr says:

October 29, 2007, 1:33 pm

Marjorie Congdon is a woman looking for trouble. This is as of 10-27-2007

Amanda says:

November 9, 2007, 5:59 pm

I have been to the mansion many different times over the past 15 years. Every time it has been a wonderful experience! I even did the extended tour last time and saw the 3rd floor and the attic. It was great because my friend and I were the only ones on the tour so we were able to ask a lot of questions of the tour guide. We did know of the murders before hand, but did not feel anything out of the ordinary (for being in such an old house).

I can’t wait to return to Glensheen again with my Husband who has never been there!

lanie says:

November 26, 2007, 9:58 am

I’ve been on the tour a few times. A few years ago while i was on the tour we went up stairs to the attic and I saw in the corner of my eye a woman in a white lacy dress walk towards the back of the group. when i turned my head to see where she was going she wasnt there. i didnt think much of it again until we left the attic and she wasnt apart of the group. haunted or not i love this house!

Robin says:

December 8, 2007, 10:56 pm

Has anyone been to the fourth floor? What is it like? Do you know who resided in it?

S. Petersen says:

December 18, 2007, 8:00 pm

My husband and I had an opportunity a few years ago to take a reduced cost or free tour of the mansion (I don’t remember which). The tour was being offered in conjunction with a silent auction held in the basement (again, trying to remember) to raise funds for maintenance of the mansion. We experienced nothing strange during our visit.

Glensheen is beautiful, the woodwork is craftsmanship at its best, the grounds are spacious and gorgeous. The carriage house was interesting. Overall, Glensheen is a wonderful visit to the time period of the late 1800’s.

I wish that people would be respectful of the dead and the living relatives, make sure their facts are straight, and not make up things like having s*x or relieving themselves in the areas where tours are conducted and where that type of activity would be impossible because of the constant tours.

Jenna & Jackie Congdon says:

December 25, 2007, 5:45 pm

Elisabeth is our great-grandma, and we have been to the house many times, but we don’t live in the area. We have experienced many strange things around the house including noises in the infirmery during private tours. Neither of us have even stayed in the house because the University of Minnesota inherited it before we were born. We both feel it might just be our imagination because of what happened to our family, but we both heard the noises. This stuff is really scary, especially since were related!

vgs says:

December 28, 2007, 2:05 am

“Has anyone been to the fourth floor? What is it like? Do you know who resided in it?”

Glensheen has a basement, three floors, and an attic. I’m not sure what you mean by the “fourth” floor. The third floor was for the male sons in the family. In addition, married females could stay in the West Guest Bedroom with their husbands. Walter, the oldest son, and his wife did stay in his room while their house was being built. There was also an infirmary on that floor.

ashley says:

January 6, 2008, 7:18 pm

ya did you no there is a demon doll that makes people do bad things to there wife or husband and trys to separate them its terible dont you think?

gabbie says:

January 23, 2008, 9:28 pm

my sister has been there

robin says:

January 31, 2008, 7:56 am

“Elisabeth is our great-grandma, and we have been to the house many times, but we donâ??t live in the area. We have experienced many strange things around the house including noises in the infirmery during private tours. Neither of us have even stayed in the house because the University of Minnesota inherited it before we were born. We both feel it might just be our imagination because of what happened to our family, but we both heard the noises. This stuff is really scary, especially since were related!
Comment by Jenna & Jackie Congdon | 12.25.2007 | 5:45 pm”

LIARS!! Niether one of Elizabeths duaghters had children!!! I know this because I am a close and personal friend of the Congdon’s. My Step-Mother is best friends with Elizabeth’s niece. Oh and the reason why the staff don’t mention the murders is because they have to stay in 1920’s period.

vgs says:

February 2, 2008, 8:19 pm

Robin, both of her daughters (Marjorie and Jennifer) had children. In fact, Marjorie had SEVEN children. I am a docent there, and we are allowed to mention the crime when it is appropriate.

Brooke says:

February 9, 2008, 1:35 pm

People, I don’t get why you guys make up lies to put on here. It’s stupid and childish. I know i’m not the smartest person around, but i’m smart enough to decipher fact from fiction. To the lady thinking the girl with the cat portrait was a mirror. Are you mentally challenged?? Do normal people go to random places with a cat? Yeah, I didn’t think so. If you guys are going to say mean and crude things to people, get IM or e-mail. It’s much easier to comprehend. This isn’t a chat room, we’re kinda talking about the Glensheen Mansion, folks, not your pesonal lives!!

Brooke says:

February 9, 2008, 1:40 pm

Okay, just wondering, weren’t all of Elizabeth’s children girls, or was it just Marjorie and she had all girls? Because if the girls got married they wouldn’t be Congdons anymore. So it would be impossible for decendents of Elizabeth to have the last name Congdon unless they kept their last names. (and just to make this clear, when I say decendents, I mean adoptive decendents)

vgs says:

February 14, 2008, 7:56 pm

Here’s the family tree:

Chester and Clara had seven children. One boy died as a toddler. That left them with three girls and three boys, but they did raise a nephew as well (who did not have the last name of Congdon). The names of the children were: Walter, Ned, Robert, Marjorie, Helen, and Elisabeth. The nephew was named Alfred Bannister.

All six of them married and had families except for Miss Elisabeth. She never married, but did want children. As a single mom, Miss Elisabeth adopted two girls (very unusual at that time–the 1930’s). She named one of the girls Marjorie (after her older sister) and one was named Jennifer.

Elisabeth’s daughter Marjorie married and had seven children. None of them have the last name of Congdon, as you said. Jennifer also married and had many children, but their last name is Johnson.

Hope this sort of helps clear things up.

Laurie says:

February 17, 2008, 11:46 pm

Have you ever wondered why there was never any DNA testing done of the Congdon crime scene blood evidence? In the 70’s there wasn’t that type of technology of course, but with Marjorie getting aquitted of conspiracy, a person would think they would go back & re-evaluate the blood evidence to confirm killer(s) identity. I think there was an accomplice, Stephan LeRoy. He had just spent the weekend with Elizabeth was headed back to Mpls. He was in the area and would know the house well and would have alot to gain from Elizabeth’s death. Remember that Velma the nurse had BLACK hair in her hand at time of her death, Roger Caldwell doesn’t have black hair. However, Stephan LeRoy does. I heard that a police authority disclosed a few years back that they has had a box of evidence in their basement for years, which contains hair samples and blood stained clothing. I guess it was a botch job from the beginning, so to go back & do evidence testing would be too political. That is a complete shame if it’s true, it’s not fair to the families involved or the public. I’ve been to the mansion twice, I didn’t think there was anything weird. I felt the house had a very empty feeling and that whoever lived there was long gone.

stephanie says:

February 26, 2008, 9:45 pm

i was visiting the glensheen mansion with my friends about 2 years ago. we were playing a soccer game in duluth and since we lived so far away we decided to spend the night and tghe next day go looking around the town. we stopped at the glensheen mansion. we did not go on a tour because we had no time. but we did take a picture in front of the house. after the picture was taken i looked up and saw a white figure looking down at me. it kinda looked like a woman. i was so terrified i called to one of my frineds. as soon as i looked away to call her name the figure was gone. but one of my friends did recall seeing something like that but payed no attention to it at the time. in the picture the window wasn’t involved but i wish it would have been. i do wish that someday they will solve this case and maybe hopefully put the spirits to rest.

Brooke says:

February 27, 2008, 5:51 pm

Thanks, vgs.
Now I get it, but I was wondering something if anyone can figure this out. There were two girls who said Elisabeth was their great-grandma. they said their last name was Congdon… but vgs said that their last names weren’t Congdon, but Johnson.

Kaitlin T says:

February 28, 2008, 8:43 pm

Vgs, I had you as a tour guide and you were awesome, me and my family stayed behind in the basement asking questions and about the house and the Congdons past. You were very helpfull! Thanks and Keep up the good work!

P.s. To everyone who said stuff about the house and how it was creepy, no one should believe that stuff because the house is gorgeous and amazing!!! There is nothing weird going on in that house. It’s all in your minds…

Cathy says:

March 1, 2008, 8:04 pm

Paranormal is not something new to me. But whether you believe or not believe in the mansion being haunted you gotta stop thinking about that and admire the people who built it and lived there? Can you imagine living out that far away from people and being so wealthy you could ship imports there! They had to grow and raise everything. It was a farm like existence. The lady of the house had to have been a wonderful woman with a pioneering spirit!

tilleamaey says:

March 1, 2008, 10:22 pm

I was just there today it is not haunted at all! and they do not talk about the murder UNLESS you ask (as of this year)if you go on the standard tour you only tour the 1st floor or if you do the extended tour you tour ALL 5 of the floors in the summer of it gets to hot you dont tour the third floor and up (no AC)

tilleamaey says:

March 2, 2008, 10:59 am

Elisabeth did not die in her childhood room she died in Helens room so you people dont have a clue

Scott Westin says:

March 2, 2008, 12:57 pm

When you first arrive at the Glensheen, I suggest you go to the carriage house where there is a shop of items for sale related to the Congdon estate. I highly reccomend buying the book “A Will To Murder” It will shed light on how totally wacky and crazy Marjorie (Elisabeth Congdon’s adopted daughter) was. It is interesting to note that upon Elisabeth Congdon’s death, Marjorie was to inherit approx. 8.5 million dollars. Anway, the book is well worth reading. Taking the tour is a bit expensive, but it gives us a chance to see how the “other half” lived. The floor to celing woodwork in the main hall is phenomenal. I have been on 2 standard tours, and ate lunch in the winter garden for mothers day. I must go back and take the expanded tour which includes everything the standard tour does, but also allows us to tour the 3rd floor and attic as well. I believe there may also be a “bedroom slippers” tour, which allows you to go behind any roped off areas. Considering the cost of these tours, it would be nice to be allowed to take pictures of the interior of the mansion. The public can take pictures of the mansion exterior and grounds, but interior pictures are strictly prohibited. Perhaps UMD (the current ownership) feels that flashbulbs would have an adverse effect on the paintings hanging in the halls. I would like further explanation of disallowing interior photographs. If you go to the Glensheen website, you can see interior photos. Why were they allowed and others are not ? There also is a link at the Glensheen website to a photograph taken outside up at a window where there appears to be a ghost like image of a woman looking out that window. To the naked eye, it looks very real. Finally, I have noticed there are a variety of mansions in Duluth that offer bed & breakfeast service. I would hope UMD would consider offering a bed & breakfeast service at Glensheen, at least on a trial basis initally. To be able to spend the night at the historic Congdon Mansion would be wonderful, an experience one would remember for a lifetime. As do many others, I love the Glensheen Estate, and the family that lived there during the first half of the 20th century, were extremley fortunate. Holidays at the mansion I am sure were marvelous.

Student says:

March 3, 2008, 12:52 pm

Hi! I’am a student at Pioneer Ridge Freshman Center and i was wondering wether any of you knew where i could find these books about the mansion. This is a really interesting story!

tilleamaey says:

March 3, 2008, 6:02 pm

well you can get it in duluth at any giftshop it is all over when i was there i saw it everywhere! it might also be at your local library.

Laurie says:

March 4, 2008, 8:28 pm

My favorite book was “Glensheen’s Daughter: the Margorie Congdon Story” by Sharon Hendry. You can get it on It’s best book I’ve read & couldn’t put down. I don’t like to read books much, which is bad to say. So it says alot that I read this one cover to cover. Margorie is a complete nut case. It is a must-read, and then go to the mansion.

fireprincess says:

March 16, 2008, 8:23 pm

This past weekend my friends and I went to visit this house as we were looking for things to do. Now in the past I have felt eerie things happen when visiting the sights where friends I have known have passed away. Anyways, while we were there we noticed that in some of the rooms it was VERY cold, and there were no vents or fans on. Also, when we were in Elizabeth Congdon’s bedroom, I felt like someone was grasping my shoulders and heard a voice in my ear saying: “Please help me.” Now I’m not sure who it was, but I turned to see if it was one of my friends, and no one was behind me….talk about eerie.

SB says:

March 16, 2008, 11:20 pm

I was just at the Glensheen this past Saturday and did not know anything of the murders. I had no strange feelings during the first few room tours. As we entered the “social” room (a piano was in there, as was the lamp with the Paris theme to it) I felt a weird sensation. I can’t really describe it… I get these sensations when I am in cemetaries as well… I really didn’t know why I was feeling like this… As soon as I left the room, I felt normal. I also did get a disgusted feeling when we walked through Clara and Chesters bathroom on the second foor. I really wished we could have done the 3rd floor and attic tour as well, but I will next time!
I am a full believer in para normal activities, spirits, and souls left behind. I will be reading all the books I can find on the history of the Congdons! =)

Brooke says:

March 18, 2008, 5:01 pm

Okay… I don’t believe of paranormal activity whatsoever. I never have… and probably never will. I have had creepy experiences, but I also have a logical answer for all of them. An aunt of mine believes in that kind of stuff, and I think it is hilarious!! We went to the Palmer House hotel in Sauk Center, she knows the owner, and she’s standing there, thinking she’s contacting the spirits or something… I don’t know… but it was funny. My sister, mom, and other aunts and my grandma were trying to hold in our laughter, but my aunt was totally oblivious to that. She tried to make us believe her by “upsetting the sprits”… she moved two end tables around, and guess what… Nothing happened, can you believe it? I sure can!!

andrea says:

March 20, 2008, 12:02 pm

i am into that kind of stuff only for one reason though i can see the dead.

kayla says:

March 24, 2008, 7:51 pm

I have been there before there is not anything scary about that place you fakes

Bonnie says:

April 2, 2008, 11:53 pm

I too have been on tour different times at the mansion. Each time I was guided through by someone new. Each person had their own ideas of what they thought was important/interesting. I never got the feeling that someone was right there (not to say they weren’t) but I didn’t sense that. Usually I’m somewhat sensitive to that type of thing. What I did feel, was a feeling of sadness and emptiness. I could close my eyes and imagine the sounds of laughter, giggling, business ventures being discussed in the smoking room…but that is all it was. I could “imagine” that.

If you can go there to admire the beauty of the place and focus on that, you are in for a treat. Think of the technology they had for that era! I don’t think I would ever grow tired of looking around. Each time I was there, I seen things I had missed before. I couldn’t even imagine growing up living in such a beautiful home.

vgs says:

April 5, 2008, 1:11 am

To Kaitlin (2/28/08)–thank you so much for your nice words! I really love giving tours there (I’ll be doing one tomorrow at 10:30).

To Brooke (2/27/08)–Elisabeth adopted Marjorie and then a few years later she adopted Jennifer. Jennifer married into the S.C. Johnson family (the Ziploc bag company). Jennifer and her husband had many children, so it’s very possible that some of her grandchildren’s last names would be Johnson. :-)

John says:

April 7, 2008, 5:13 am

My girlfriend and I took the extended tour, that went on all the floors, and I can say I wasn’t creeped out at all. It was more fascinating than creepy, the only ‘creepy’ thing was the dolls that were on the bed in the room that the old lady was killed in. (They were just sitting there looking off into space…it was weird lol) It was just interesting walking through a piece of Minnesota history. I didn’t feel any weird feelings or anything, but I did feel sad for the families of those killed. It was just depressing that they were so desperate for money that they would plot to kill a helpless old woman.

vgs says:

May 17, 2008, 1:09 am

To Scott Weslin (3/2/08)–I loved reading your impressions of the tours. I’m not sure of the exact reasons why photography isn’t allowed inside the mansion, but I’ll try to find out. I don’t think it’s just for concerns about flash photos. The university owns the house and wants to keep control of all photography.

As for making it into a B & B–that couldn’t be done for several reasons. There isn’t water to the second floor, so the bathrooms wouldn’t work. In addition, the beds, rugs, furniture, etc., are all authentic and therefore very old. They’d have to replace the things before allowing people to use the mansion. And no one would want to sleep on those mattresses anyway! I would imagine that the main reason it can’t be converted is because Miss Elisabeth didn’t want it done when she willed it to the university.

You can rent the house for parties, weddings, etc. The water does work in the basement and first floor (kitchen), so the caterers can use the sink to clean up. For a reasonable fee, you get to host your party plus have your guests “roam” around three floors of the house, unescorted. People like me stay in the rooms and tell people about the house. It’s a wonderful place for a wedding. We’ve seen people get married on the shores of Lake Superior, then walk the few hundred yards right back to the mansion for the reception.

I hope I’m your tour guide if you take an expanded tour!

Kaitlyn says:

May 17, 2008, 5:57 pm

I went and took a tour of the mansion this past October with my family. The tour guides do not speak of the murders at all in respect of the family. If you go into the house mainly focused on the murders or the possibility of witnessing a haunting, you miss out on the beautiful architecture of the building. There are so many small tiny, but important details that, if you just focus on the thought of the murders, you miss. The mansion was purchased because of the history, architecture, and beauty of the place. Not beause of its potential to be occupied by ghosts.

Jenna says:

May 23, 2008, 1:02 pm

I went to Glensheen Mansion for a class trip. I was very surprised at what I experienced in there. It was scary!

First, when I entered the house, there was a mirror to the left side of the entryway. I looked at it and saw a lady with a white dress standing next to our chaperone. I turned away from the mirror to see who it was but the lady wasn’t there. I looked back at the mirror again, but the lady had truly disappeared. I still continued with the tour and when we entered the living room, I saw a picture of the same lady with the same dress sitting on a chair on the table near the piano.

After that happened, I started to get a little scared. We went on upstairs and entered one of the daughter’s rooms. Her fainting couch at the end of the bed had blood on it. My friend was the first one to point that out.

We left the bedroom and went on through the hallway. On the hallway walls, the picture of the little girl and the cat’s eyes moved!!

We entered the guest room with the two beds that had pineapples on the posts and were near the bathroom. I felt really cold, and I started to hear strange noises. It sounded like someone was bumping into something really hard, and kept bumping into it. Then you would hear breathing and soft footsteps. I heard a scream and the whole group jumped. We asked the tour guide what it was, and he said it was nothing.

The bedroom where Clara was murdered was where we went next. There was a doll in the room that was sitting in a chair. It was really creepy looking. A guy in our group said the eyes moved, and I was too scared to look at it.

When we left the home after the tour, the chaperone that had the lady stand next to her came up to me. She said that there was a door that was closed was open. So she closed it and latched it again. She heard a creaking sound and turned to see the door unlatch and slowly open again. She and my two friends all saw this happen.

We don’t know if all of this was either a haunting or a prank. Our tour guide looked scared and nervous through the whole tour, I hope that there is nothing bad happening in Glensheen Mansion.

vgs says:

May 24, 2008, 11:55 pm

***There is no blood on the fainting couch. Honest. There may be dirt on some items, but there is no blood

***That painting was created so that the eyes will follow you. It is a specific type of painting method and is NOT haunted. Honest!

***I’m not sure which room you were in. If you were with a class, you weren’t on the third floor. At any rate, if the guide said it was nothing, it was nothing.

***Clara wasn’t murdered, it was Miss Elisabeth, her daughter (who was in her 80’s at the time of her murder). The doll’s eyes have never moved when she’s just sitting there, and I’ve seen her (Evangeline, the doll) probably 500 times. Maybe more.

***This was most likely in the kitchen. That door has a habit of opening when it’s supposed to be closed. It’s a faulty locking mechanism. It does scare people, but it’s not haunted. :-)

***There isn’t anything bad happening there. I gave a very safe, wonderful, non-scary tour there today.

vgs says:

May 25, 2008, 12:03 am

My last post didn’t include YOUR comments, so I’ll try again.

(We went on upstairs and entered one of the daughterâ??s rooms. Her fainting couch at the end of the bed had blood on it. My friend was the first one to point that out.)

***There is no blood on the fainting couch. Honest. There may be dirt on some items, but there is no blood on a fainting couch.


(We left the bedroom and went on through the hallway. On the hallway walls, the picture of the little girl and the catâ??s eyes moved!!)

***That painting was created so that the eyes will follow you. It is a specific type of painting method and is NOT haunted. Honest!


(We entered the guest room with the two beds that had pineapples on the posts and were near the bathroom. I felt really cold, and I started to hear strange noises. It sounded like someone was bumping into something really hard, and kept bumping into it. Then you would hear breathing and soft footsteps. I heard a scream and the whole group jumped. We asked the tour guide what it was, and he said it was nothing.)

***I’m not sure which room you were in. If you were with a class, you weren’t on the third floor. At any rate, if the guide said it was nothing, it was nothing.


(The bedroom where Clara was murdered was where we went next. There was a doll in the room that was sitting in a chair. It was really creepy looking. A guy in our group said the eyes moved, and I was too scared to look at it.)

***Clara wasn’t murdered, it was Miss Elisabeth, her daughter (who was in her 80’s at the time of her murder). The doll’s eyes have never moved when she’s just sitting there, and I’ve seen her (Evangeline, the doll) probably 500 times. Maybe more.


(When we left the home after the tour, the chaperone that had the lady stand next to her came up to me. She said that there was a door that was closed was open. So she closed it and latched it again. She heard a creaking sound and turned to see the door unlatch and slowly open again. She and my two friends all saw this happen.)

***This was most likely in the kitchen. That door has a habit of opening when it’s supposed to be closed. It’s a faulty locking mechanism. It does scare people, but it’s not haunted. :-)


(We donâ??t know if all of this was either a haunting or a prank. Our tour guide looked scared and nervous through the whole tour, I hope that there is nothing bad happening in Glensheen Mansion.)

***There isn’t anything bad happening there. I gave a very safe, wonderful, non-scary tour there today.

CC says:

May 26, 2008, 12:59 pm

My husband and I toured the house yesterday and we didn’t get the feeling that it was haunted at all. The house is beautiful and you can see that a lot of work went into the smallest details such as the pineapples on the chandelier. The house was very progressive for it’s time – it has a central vacuum system,lights that change color,recessed lighting and intercoms.

Our guide did not talk about the murders until someone had asked a general question that made him refer to the murders. I think it’s great that the guides do not talk about the murders because then you don’t get to concentrate on other things such as the architecture.

I personally do not believe that the house is haunted. It’s a big old house so drafts and flickering lights would not be uncommon.

Deb says:

June 6, 2008, 10:48 pm

I have been to Gleensheen many times and never noticed anything strange. The first time I was there my kids were really young and I thought what a nice place the screened in area attached to the house would of been for them to play in. I was amazed by all the things in the house and just thought how much fun it must of been to live there.

Kori says:

June 12, 2008, 12:06 am

I’m sorry but I have to agree with the stories and the people saying “Those stories are not true” because, yes you may have expirienced something or you may be making it up but hey some people may belive you, some may not, if you are telling the truth then you know its haunted, if your not telling the truth then try to go to the mansion a few times to see if you can see or feel anyparanormal activity and if you can’t then thats fine, if you can then, thats great. Thanks for reading this, I plan to go there too some day

paris says:

June 20, 2008, 10:27 pm

Okay I live in MN and today came across this place what is it really? just a walk through or ??? I was thinking about taking a road trip up there sometime this summer and was wondering can you stay in this place? because I dont want to know about the place just want to see and experience for myself the real deal. Since Im reading in some of your comments they dont talk about the murders and what happend well I want to know more about it not the boring tour.

Heidi says:

June 25, 2008, 2:30 pm

I have toured the mansion twice. I asked our tour guide a question about the murders, all she said was: “We dont talk about that.” The grounds, stables, and what use to be the boat house (it burned down) are free to walk around. The guided tour of the house has an admission fee. I have not taken the tour including the 3rd floor.
The tour guides speak mostly of the architecture, and the Congdon family history. It is a step into the past, and I recommend visiting.

Mary says:

July 3, 2008, 3:30 pm

We visited Duluth several weeks ago and took the extended tour of Glensheen. It is a beautiful, well designed and thought out house. It felt warm and welcoming, not a bit creepy. When the tour was finished, my teenage son asked the tour guides about ghosts. They told him a couple stories, but nothing that couldn’t be explained by the fact that it is an old house. It was a wonderful tour and an amazing house.

Rebecca says:

July 5, 2008, 8:49 am

Since I was a teenager, I’ve visited the Glensheen on a yearly basis. It’s one of my favorite places to visit while in Duluth. Each time we visit Elizabeth’s room (where she was killed), I get a sense of something not being right about the room. It is just a sense; I can’t explain it to anyone but the room does not feel right to me. I would tell my family or friends that the room doesn’t “feel right” or something happened in the room, and they always brush me off. Each time after the tour, my friends and/or family and I would walk the grounds. I could always pin point which window was the window to Elizabeth’s room because I was drawn to it despite wanting to look at the house as a whole.

It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that someone had told me about the murder and that’s when I inquired if it had something to do with that particular room. My friend didn’t know and my curiousity got the best of me. I purchased the books written on the Glensheen and the murders, and was absolutely floored when I discovered Elizabeth was murdered in the same room that I feel the sense. Perhaps it’s a coincidence, perhaps not. I’ve always been a skeptic, but this house has something drawing me to it every year – especially that room.

I’m now in my late 30’s and still enjoy visiting the Glensheen every year. I truly miss the old tours when the guides used to dress up as characters of the past. But the house has so much history and captivating beauty that I’m drawn to it every year. Perhaps it’s haunted, perhaps not. As a skeptic I can say there is definitely some kind of presence present.

taybay says:

July 21, 2008, 1:27 am

i went to this mansion with my mom, sister, and dad today. and i beleive in gohsts 100% but i didn’t see anything or encounter anything odd in this mansion, but i wish i would have. my mom said she did… but it wasn’t even in the mansion where she did. so who knows maybe it is haunted maybe its not.

AmS says:

July 27, 2008, 11:08 pm

I went to Glensheen today after a weekend stay in Two Harbors. I have been to the Winchester Mansion in San Jose (which, even though I am a skeptic, am pretty sure THAT place is haunted), and Glensheen is just a big beautiful mansion that has been well preserved. There are no ghosts. I took the extended tour and our tour guide also said nothing about the murders, but I did purchase a book to read more about them. As far as I am concerned, I think people make psych themselves out before visiting. There’s nothing and no one there.

Judi says:

July 31, 2008, 8:35 am

I am not sure what to think about ghosts, etc., but I will say this…A few years ago my sister went there and while she was in the mansion, she started to show her husband the way to the “crick” where the kids used to play…she led the way and there was indeed a creek nearby! She also would point the way to other visitors to the various rooms in the mansion. Scary? No, but when you learn that she had NEVER been in this mansion or read anything about it, everyone found it just a bit scary that she knew her way around a place she had never been before!

Moreen says:

August 1, 2008, 12:39 pm

I have been to glensheen sence I was really little, and I have not yet seen anything myself however last september when I was there I went with 3 of my friends two of which did not know about the murders and when we reached the staircase she started getting freaked out and even moreso in elizabeths room. The tour guide we had did talk about the murders later also and I have never heard them do so before.

Carol Lane says:

August 3, 2008, 10:41 pm

My family and I visited the Glensheen this week. I had heard it was really cool, but had never heard a word about the murders. I walked into Elisabeth’s room and actually said aloud, “WOOO!! Something is going on in this room.” My kids (7, 9, 11 and 13 years old) asked me what…I said I didn’t know…but something was wierd about that room. Twords the end of the tour, one of the guys on our tour asked about the murders…I had heard NOTHING before that…that was wierd…of course, the tour guide told us that she was not able to tell us anything about it…but at the end of the tour, my kids and I saw the tour guide sitting on a bench and asked her to tell us about it. She was very vague, but told us that Elisebeth and her maid were murdered by her daughter…she said very little. Today when I got home, I was so intrigued that I had to check online…very wierd that I had no knowledge of the murder at all, yet really felt some presence in Elisabeth’s room…yep…there is something going on in that room.

Kristin says:

August 3, 2008, 11:36 pm

First of all, I just visited Glensheen for the expanded/extended tour on Thursday, July 41st, 2008. I say this because I have recent experience there. This was my 3rd visit.

Just to help verify some things said here, there are three books on the murders that occurred here. The one I am currently reading is “Will to Murder” by Gail Feichtinger with John DeSanto (prosecutor) and Gary Waller (Detective). The other book I have on the muders is “Secret of the Congdon Mansion” by Joe Kimball. My sister has read “Glensheen’s Daughter” which we discussed at length. All have good points, but “Will to Murder” is my favorite.

The first tour I went on many years ago the tour guide was not able to mention or talk about the murders. The second tour I went on was called the “Living History” tour. It was send in the year 1915 and you could only ask questions that would pertain to that era because the guides were in character. This was a great way for them to avoid the murder questions. This tour I just took was great. We had a very well informed guide who knew a heck of a lot about every family member. She mentioned the murders and when I asked her at what point they were allowed to discuss them, she said within the past 2 years. She knew a little about them but did have the name of the murderer incorrect as she named Wally Hagen, who was infact, Marjorie’s third husband.
For the record, Marjorie was named after her Aunt Marjorie, which tends to confuse some people as to the generation that is being discussed.
I will admit that when I first went to the home on tour, I had a very erie feeling in Elisabeths final bedroom, where she was murdered. Again for the record, the bedroom that she grew up in is across the hall and that is where the nurse stayed overnight.

My problem with my own experience is that I knew where the murders had occurred from the first time I went there, so my experience could have been “self induced” by my own thoughts.

I have visited a lot of other places that are well known for being haunted. Most notably The Whalley House in San Diego and The Alamo. I can honestly say that the experiences I had at those places are far different than at Glensheen. I felt that Glensheen was a beautiful, peaceful place. If we go by the theory that a person who is taken before their time in a violent way haunts a place, Velma, the nurse, had actually retired from being a nurse for Miss Congdon and had only come back to cover for another nurse who could not work the overnight. I would doubt her spirit would be tied there since she was enjoying her retirement with her husband. Miss Congdon had about 3 or 4 places that she lived over the years. One is Wisconsin that was a farm place she went to on weekends, one in Yakima, WA and one in AZ. So, she could just as easily haunt one of those places that she loved as well as Glensheen.

I won’t disregard anyones personal experience since I have had my own at various locations, but I am not sure that the overwhelming evidence shows that Glensheen is haunted and until they do some further investigating there, it still remains as such.

Also, the doll in Elisabeth’s room is like 100 years old or something like that. That might explain why she looks creepy and so on.

Melissa L says:

August 4, 2008, 12:47 am

Gotta say some of you people are gross. I have taken this tour 5 times. It is probably the most beautiful home/museum I have seen. The guides are great also. I took my daughter for the first time when she was 5 and again when she was 9. She remembered details I forgot after being there 2 or 3 times. That tells me the guides are awesome. Scary?, no educational?, absolutely. I too could only feel an emptiness surrounded by people. Felt like a museum. Exactly what it is now supposed to be.

Sharon says:

August 4, 2008, 12:27 pm

My hysband & I toured Glensheen for the first time last Wednesday. We were both fascinated by the architecture, design and apportionments, some way ahead of the time of construction. Neither of us knew of the murders prior to our visit. Having experience with ghosts, spirits and haunted houses myself I have to say there was nothing in Glensheen remotely ethereal. The weather was very warm and there were no icy drafts anywhere in the mansion – not the basement, the first floor, the second floor, the third floor or the attic. We spent considerable time in Elisabeth’s room and no dolls eyes followed us around. No lady in black or white met me in the bathroom. A lot of power of suggestion I’m thinking. I’d be more apt to believe the eerie postings if the majority of them had been written by those with no knowledge of the murders prior to their tours.

Kristin says:

August 4, 2008, 6:55 pm

The more I read on here, the funnier and more disturbing it gets.
To the person who said she was Elizabeth Congdon…would help if you spelled her name right…lol. Whatever!
Also, just a note of my own opinion. Just because one person hasn’t had any experiences there, and someone else has, doesn’t mean we should totally discount the person with the experience. As a paranormal hobbiest, I think that when you totally discount an experience, it is a diservice to the person who genuinely believes that they felt or saw something. Like I said in my post, I felt something myself, but I won’t go by that solely since I did know about the murders before I got there. I wouldn’t want to sway someone based only on my mind and what I may have tricked myself into believing.

I am sure this was mentioned before also, but Roger Caldwell was an alcoholic but he committed suicide, didn’t die of alcoholism from what I have read.

I am going to continue reading…lots of ground to cover. Thanks for the intelligent reads and the laughs too.

Kristin says:

August 4, 2008, 8:46 pm

Ricky Porter & Lianna & all of the other guides whose names I don’t recall, thanks for sharing some insights as tour guides. I really appreciated hearing what you had to say.

james r gillespie, if you have stories, spill them already. We are listening.

To all of the two year olds that think that taking a “dump” is hysterical, meet my 8 year old son. He thinks that kind of thing is funny too, but he doesn’t go on message boards and write about.

I do not mean any disrespect to anyone on here who is in fact, a member of the family, but lets take a look at that. To the woman who says she is related to “Elizabeth”, again, her name is Elisabeth and so I am guessing you would know her real name if you were related. To the others…Jenna & Jackie…why is your last name Congdon if you claim that Elisabeth was your great-grandma? She only had two daughters and the one, Marjorie had seven children named “Leroy” as their last name and Jennifer had children with the same name as their Father which I won’t mention here, but if you read the books, you will find out. Seems bogus, I hope not.
Lots of good info. here and some seriously messed up statements too.

I am not sure how you can honestly read all of the books written on the subject and then say that Marjorie had nothing to do with it. She may have been aquitted, but I don’t really think she was innocent. The woman has been somehow involved in the dealths of at least 4 people by my count. I found that odd since I haven’t ever been suspected in anyone’s death at all. I don’t think it is mere coincidence. Her first husband was lucky just to unload her when he did. She basically has contributed nothing to society what-so-ever. I don’t exactly give a dang what the defense attorney’s think of her, it’s their job to make her look innocent, right?

stacy says:

August 11, 2008, 3:46 am

I went to the glensheen mansion with my new husband for our honeymoon and had VERY wierd eerie feelings while there, we had taken some pictures on the outside of the mansion later that day right after they had closed the tours for the day and we were shocked when we had gotten our pictures back. in the carriage house there was a man sitting in the carrage but there was nobody there when we took the pictures. and in one of the windows in the front of the house there was a man in there as well you could see it plain as day (and there was no one in the house or window when the picture was taken mind you) but the gentleman had black pants black suspenders and a white shirt-very creepy..

Glenn says:

August 12, 2008, 3:14 pm

My girlfriend and I toured Glensheen on August 2, 2008. Our guide, Sasha was excellent; thorough and knowledgeable. The estate is definitely worth the tour for its wonderful history and architecture alone. At no time did we see any eerie spirits or experience cold spots as others have reported.

However, upon entering one bedroom I remarked aloud that the room “creeped me out.” Asked why, I couldn’t put my finger on it. “I don’t know,” I remember saying, “but that little porcelain doll sitting next to the bed ain’t helpin’.” Still, there was something to that feeling. I felt an eerie connection to history as I stood in that room. Only as we exited the room did Sasha reveal that is was indeed the room in which Elizabeth was murdered. Goosebumps? To say the least!

I have no doubt there is something other-worldly at Glensheen. To me it was as tangible as the hand-carved woodwork and as real as the antique furnishings.

Janette Murphy says:

August 14, 2008, 2:21 pm

For a comment area that is supposed to be strong on grammar etc. I have to say that the USA is definitely losing the battle to educate its people. (Note the use of ‘its’ without the apostrophe in this case.)Even folk who purport to be University professors commit and repeat the most basic and often appalling errors. That’s the really scary thing about many of these posts…..the mansion itself sounds wonderfully benign by comparison, and I certainly now want to find out more about the strange woman who seems to have been behind the greed-murders; there must be somebody out there who at the very least knows how to spell the relevant names correctly!I apologise in advance to those whose posts are properly written; it’s just that you’re frighteningly few and far between.

vgs says:

August 15, 2008, 8:45 pm

Kristin–you sound like a fantastic and well-educated person (so do many of you!). I’m a docent at Glensheen and I really hope all of you can be on one of my expanded tours sometime. I try to get into the “feel” of the family–what it was like back then and what they were like back then. I also try to dig up little-known facts or tidbits about the era and/or the family. Nothing gory, nothing notorious, nothing nasty–just fun stuff which makes the family more real. I love Glensheen which is why I volunteer there. Hope to see you all sometime!


Jess says:

August 16, 2008, 5:43 pm

when i went to visit i knew i saw something up the stairs when i was the only one looking up it and the rest of the group walked along… i thought it was just me…, it was closed off so no one could walk up

kaila says:

August 17, 2008, 6:47 pm

omg dat is so scary

caleigh says:

August 19, 2008, 4:00 pm

I just visited Glensheen about two weeks ago. We had a very knowledgable guide, Brian, who carefully explained every aspect of the beautiful old house. I knew about the murders before we came to the mansion but it did not worry me. Personally, I experienced no cold-spots, eerie sensations, goosebumps or saw spirits of any kind. I dont really believe any of this exists. I was just overly fascinated with the beauty of the house and the fantastic archetecture and design involved. For those of you who said your tourguide mentioned the murder, you must be lying. The staff at Glensheen is strictly prohibited to talk about the murders at all. They do this simply because they want the home to be known as a beautiful, historical place, not one that is haunted. I don’t think that Clara and Chester Congdon would have wanted this for their beautiful home. After the tour, I read one of the books in the giftshop and discovered more about the murder (like the room where Elisabeth was killed and where the nurse was found dead) but strangely, it didn’t bother me at all. I don’t believe in ghosts and I think that even IF Glensheen was haunted, Elisabeth and the nurse would be happy ghosts. Elisabeth grew up in this home that was filled with love and family values. I hope to return to Glensheen because I love the beautiful aspects of the mansion. Actually, it is my dream to get married there…(:

Love Gleensheen says:

August 20, 2008, 11:31 pm

Recent visit this week at Glensheen. I have toured the manison several 5 times over the last twenty years.
Seldom do I think of the murder since my first time there. The manison is lovely and each time exciting to revisit. I have toured the third floor and attic one time.
This week we spend hours on the grounds enjoying the Lake view, the flower beds, and the vegetable gardens, and carriage house. it is neat because more details have been added over the years, photos, clothing, carriages.
Fans help circulate the air compared to twenty years ago in the bedrooms on a hot day.
This last time I stepped over the stone bridge and followed the path to the cemetry, which dates back long before the Condgon’s built Gleensheen. I thought the cememtry was their family, but there are other names. I didnt see Condgon on any stones. ? I did read the post above about someone visits the cemetery each May–
The tour was over so I never asked questions=

So people are writing about ghosts at Gleensheen, so besides the Congdon’s and the nurse– there is a cemetry yards away?
Does anyone know about the the cemetery and are the Condgon buried there or where?

I must go back and read all the postings!

Nora says:

August 21, 2008, 4:43 pm

Most recently, the tour staff has been given leave to talk about the event if they wish to. Some do, but leave out details, such as where the event took place. Others choose not to talk about the event out of respect for the Congdons, but may relay basic details if asked. There are some guides who may even deliberately skew the facts. I was told that the event happened in one room, when it actually happened in another. In my experience, it’s easy to say that the event doesn’t matter until you’re actually in the house and realize that a loving family once lived here.

nut sack says:

August 22, 2008, 1:00 am

i like candy and i have a dresser… what a quincadence…

vgs says:

August 22, 2008, 6:58 pm

Yes, we are allowed to mention the crime. In fact, there are three books about the crime for sale in the museum shop, so it wouldn’t make sense not to be able to talk about it. Depending on the tour, I do or I don’t. Some people don’t want to hear about it. Most people want to know as much as possible, but the tour is about the house, not the crime.

I don’t know of any guides who deliberately misstate the facts. They may just not know for some reason.

Regarding the cemetery right next to the property–that is a very old Scandinavian cemetery. The Congdons are buried elsewhere.

Maybe I’ll see some of you tomorrow on my tours!

Nora says:

August 26, 2008, 3:26 pm

As I’ve been thinking about it, I don’t think it was a tour guide who misstated – I think it was the friend I went on my first tour with :-> That was several years ago, before the guides were able to talk about it. I think it would be interesting to spend a week living there, to get a feel for the place and maybe what it was like when the family first moved in. I’d have to build that Way-Back machine first, though, of course.
To the Glensheen employees answering our notes, thanks for your information, and for your devotion to this wonderful piece of Minnesota history.

Jesse says:

August 27, 2008, 1:26 am

The staff is now allowed to talk about the murders. I believe the family member who forbid it has died.

Kristin says:

August 29, 2008, 10:16 pm

Thank you for that insight! When I am there, I really feel like I have stepped back in time. It seems pretty easy to imagine it with all of the furnishings the way they were. Thank you for volunteering there. It makes the place even more special to have people who really appreciate it working there.
Thank you again!

Mary says:

August 30, 2008, 12:03 pm

I just went to the Glenshenn Mansion just a day ago, and what i saw and heard was a little eerie and freaked me out.
Me and my mom where walking through the room where Elizabeth Congdon was brutely murdered,alonge with her maid. We herd what sounded like it was raining outside, but that was inposible, it was bright and sun-shinny outside, and we aere only on the second floor, and we stood in there for a couple more minutes and it got louder, then we both thought it sounded like an old record player, well, there was one right infront of us, not playing and had a sign that said, “Please Don’t Touch. Thank You.” Then it sounded like the music was accually playing, with words and everything, then it just stopped.
My mom and I went and asked the tour guide if they played song the family might have listened to over an intercom, or if the record players get played often or ever.
“No, they do not play them at all, they never had, just for preservation rules, but in that room we have gotten reports of people seeing a lot of phenominal action happen by the record player, for that was Elizabeth’s favorite thing to play, she loved the records.”
For the rest of the tour I felt like I was being watched by something I cant explain. It was bone chilling. Then at the end of the tour I told the guide that I herd the record player, but not just me, it me and my mother.
She said that happens often and that sometimes the sould jut wants to communicate with people, or just to get a rise of scare in there face.
Even if it did creep me out, I would deffidantly Volounteer there, I would absolutly love it! I love it there so much! And I think it would be a wonderfull experience to do so.


starr says:

September 1, 2008, 11:28 am

3 summers ago I went to the mansion with my parents and we went on a tour. We went to every room except the basement and the attic, they say that the attic is where most of the presence from the ghosts is the strongest. They also say that if you want to go up to the attic you have to take your shoes off.

vgs says:

September 5, 2008, 3:47 pm

I think some of you are confusing Glensheen with another place. Shoes are completely allowed in the attic (in fact, you can’t take your shoes off anywhere in the house!), and the attic is NOT the place where most people have seen “activity.” I am not going to mention the areas where people think they’ve sensed things, but it’s definitely not the attic.

As for that whole record player incident…that’s very interesting considering there is no record player in Elizabeth’s room. ALSO, Elisabeth and her maid were not murdered together, nor were they even in the same room. And, you can’t even “walk through” that room. You walk into it briefly and then walk right out, but you are not near any furniture, let alone a record player (all musical items are in the basement, two floors down).

SO, as fun as these rumors are, that’s what they are….rumors. If they make people want to visit Glensheen, well–that’s good for business but they might be disappointed. :-)

LaurieB says:

September 9, 2008, 4:25 am

My husband and I went on the complete tour. I went to see the mansion and hear about it’s history. I already know all I want to know about the murders. If the mansion is in fact haunted with spirits, I think that’s sad. They should all be up in heaven with God. Those who went on the tour and can only find the murders and hauntings the only thing interesting, perhaps you should go on the tour again and see what is really worth seeing and hearing about at this beautiful place. I’ll bet some spent so much time thinking about the murder and potential haunting that they don’t even realize that the woodworking in the rooms was designed/carved to match the furniture in the room. Did you think at all about the fact that they basically had their own private hospital within this home? Imagine the wealth it takes to accomplish that! There are many interesting historical things worth hearing about and remembering on this tour. Anyone who considers the history boring probably finds themselves bored in school as well. That’s sad. I hope you realize the value of learning one day.


Nathan says:

September 14, 2008, 1:58 pm

Hello all. I have been reading what many of you have been writing and I like it. I have lived in a small town just 20 miles south of Duluth for my entire life and have been to the mansion at least a dozen or more times (although I have been in the building less). There is definitely a presence there, what it is I can’t say. I would like to say to those nay sayers that although some people may be lying, why would they want to? They can gain nothing from it except being discovered and then ridiculed. Personally I believe them and feel that those who are the disillusioned ones are the people who deny what others clamed happened. Since if we all fallowed their logic winning the lottery is impossible, since they are making decisions based on the more common occurrence of having something not happen to them. Any way sorry about the rant there, and back to the story, I was there earlier this year for a local art show they have on the grounds each year. I had known there was a way to get to a cemetery that is next door to the mansion grounds from the grounds. While I was making my way over a bridge that leads over a small river to the left of the mansion (if you are looking at it from the lake shore) I met a worker there who asked me if I had seen the cemetery. I told her that I was heading there. She then regaled me with a short history of the cemetery. It was built before the mansion was, and was the site of a mass unmarked burial of victims of some sort of disease epidemic. Hello all. I have been reading what many of you have been writing and I like it. I have lived in a small town just 20 miles south of Duluth for my entire life and have been to the mansion at least a dozen or more times (although I have been in the building less). There is definitely a presence there, what it is I can’t say. I would like to say to those nay sayers that although some people may be lying, why would they want to? They can gain nothing from it except being discovered and then ridiculed. Personally I believe them and feel that those who are the disillusioned ones are the people who deny what others clamed happened. Since if we all fallowed their logic winning the lottery is impossible, since they are making decisions based on the more common occurrence of having something not happen to them. Any way sorry about the rant there, and back to the story, I was there earlier this year for a local art show they have on the grounds each year. I had known there was a way to get to a cemetery that is next door to the mansion grounds from the grounds. While I was making my way over a bridge that leads over a small river to the left of the mansion (if you are looking at it from the lake shore) I met a worker there who asked me if I had seen the cemetery. I told her that I was heading there. She then regaled me with a short history of the cemetery. It was built before the mansion was, and was the site of a mass unmarked burial of victims of some sort of disease epidemic. Since then many bones from that burial have been washing up on the shore of lake Superior, right in front of Glensheen. Past grounds keepers have even kept many of the bones in drawers in their quarters. I canâ??t say I have ever actually seen anything there but I can say I have sensed a presence in both the cemetery and the mansion. Both are different the one in the cemetery is more eerie. Also just another ***** site I saw there was that when you first go up to the second floor, there are two statues flanking the door that is almost right in front of you. The statues are of Dante and Virgil the writer of Dante’s Inferno and the poet who supposedly led Dante through Hell in the Poem. So just some creepy tidbits and odd bits of history for you people to chew on.

Jenny says:

September 16, 2008, 4:13 pm

I toured Glensheen on August 5th of this summer. I read about the murders before the tour. I am open to the idea of ghost and spirits, though while I was there I did not feel anything eerie or like I was being watched. The quide said they are allowed to talk about the murders but to ask them question about the murder after the tour. They can talk about it, its just not a focus of the tour. House is very beautiful and I would recommend the tour to anyone in the area. Also, it was Elizabeth’s adopted daughters husband that killed her and her nurse. He broke I threw a window by the billards table. The nurse was killed on the stairs and her body was layed on the bench under the window. Elizabeth was killed in her bedroom (at the top of the stairs first room on the right) with a pink pillow. That is just what I got from the book I read. Tragic murders over money but a very beautiful house!

Leah says:

September 23, 2008, 2:17 pm

Does anyone know what ever happend to a tour guide named Jon Boyer? I met him there years ago and I am trying to find him!

vgs says:

September 27, 2008, 12:37 am

I don’t remember that name, but call Glensheen. Someone might know him! 1- 888-454-GLEN

vgs says:

September 27, 2008, 12:38 am

I don’t remember that name, but call Glensheen. Someone might know him! Glensheen’s toll-free number is 1-888-454-GLEN

Jason says:

September 27, 2008, 12:50 am

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reenie says:

October 7, 2008, 12:23 pm

I’m very interested reading all of these postings!! Me and my girlfriend are coming to Duluth this weekend to celebrate my 25th birthday. Glensheen is one of the places she wants to take me, hopefully, vgs, you’ll be there, you seem very knowledgable! can’t wait!!!

Jake says:

October 13, 2008, 2:15 pm

I was recently visiting the Glensheen Mansion where I underwent an incredible experience. I was standing in the room where Elizabeth was supposedly murdered by myself, when a ghost suddenly appeared about 10-15 feet in front of me. At first, I was extremely scared and began yelling. However, the ghost assured me that everything was okay and was just looking for a friend. So I hung out with the ghost for the night, and we went out to eat at Applebee’s. We then flew back to the mansion where we played board games and told scary stories all night. Great experience, recommend Glensheen to anyone.

vgs says:

October 15, 2008, 2:03 am

Wow, Jake. What ghost would eat at Applebee’s? I think he or she would prefer Blackwoods. 😉

vgs says:

October 15, 2008, 1:34 pm

Reenie–I didn’t work this weekend due to a conflict in my schedule. I wish I had. I prefer to do expanded tours and will answer all questions if I can. After the tours usually my guests stay to talk to me. It’s a 1 1/2 hour tour, but people have been known to stay and talk for at least another hour! In fact, I can’t think of one tour I have done where people haven’t asked for more info.

Kortney says:

October 19, 2008, 2:50 pm

A couple of girlfriends and I visited Glensheen about 3 weeks ago…..Absolutely beautiful place!! I would recommend it to anyone, our tour guide wasn’t the greatest though, she kept checking her cell phone for texts:(……we opted to take the expanded tour and saw the entire house. What a great trip! (None of us felt any ghostly presence while there though)

vgs says:

October 19, 2008, 3:28 pm

Kortney–what day of the week were you there? I can’t imagine a tour guide having the time to check her phone–but I apologize. I am very sorry for that!!

tgyamibakura says:

October 26, 2008, 10:05 pm

I was just there and they talked very openly about it. The guy was even excited to tell us all about the candlestick part XD

wade says:

October 27, 2008, 5:40 pm

Me and my wife just toured the mansion last week. It is full of beautiful artifacts and the finest hand crafted items of the early 2oth century. I immediately related to the mansion on many levels and could almost imagine the excitement and happiness that revolved around this family as they planned out thier mansion to the finest details. They were trully generous people and probably deserved everything they had. They were rich but they shared thier wealth with others. I could almost feel as if I were there 100 years ago. It is a step back into time. Our tour guide (I forgot her name) Was the nicest lady and was very knowledgable about the history of the Congdons and thier estate and shared many interesting facts. Definately a place to visit if you are in the area.

Now…about the so called hauntings. It seems that a lot of these feelings many of you have experienced are self fufilling prophecies. If you go into the mansion with a predetermined set of mind, of course you will see or feel things…BECAUSE YOU ALREADY ARE LOOKING FOR IT!

I found out about the tragedies that took place there just after the tour was over. I went into the mansion without any preconcieved notions of paranormal activities and I noticed nothing. I was even the last one trailing the group and was in many of the rooms by myself most of the time, including the last one on the landing AND the last one out of Elizabeth Congdons bedroom. And I noticed nothing out of the ordinairy. Why? Because I wasnt looking for anything out of the ordinary. Wake up people, seriously. And to the girl who saw an old lady in the room that started talking to her and suddenly disappeared…lol…sweetie, seriously, no more scary movies before bedtime…AND dont foget to take your medication! lol….give me a break. The property is a great historic place generously donated by a the Congdons for us to enjoy and maybe learn a little bit about thier legacy and a little bit about history. It would be unwise to visit the mansion to experience “a haunting” and ignore the true value of of what really matters.

Nicole says:

October 27, 2008, 9:39 pm

I went to the mansion a few years ago. And I felt no such thing of any ghosts, the only thing I felt was excitment and happieness! The place is absolutly AMAZING!!! I want to go back so bad, which I’m sure I will someday since I do live in Duluth. I went with my school and we got the whole tour! I even went in the attic and basement and I swear I didn’t feel anything! I think that the house is gorgeous! It’s a very sad story of the murders, but I don’t think Elizabeth or her nurse is still there. The murders of the house is obviously what attracks some poeple to the house but if you haven’t been there, go there and just take in the warm feeling and the history of the fasinating house! It is also my dream to be married there!!! Well it felt good to share my thoughts on the mansion, I hope people will feel what I feel about the place of they ever go there.

Kortney says:

October 29, 2008, 3:06 pm

We were visiting the mansion on a Saturday, later morning. Even though we did have kind of a lacking tour guide, I still would love to go back again.

August Dockter says:

November 1, 2008, 12:33 am

We took a tour of the mansion back in 1991. It was towards the end of the tour, we were coming down back stairway, from second floor to first. My 4 year old son, tire and crying, was falling behind tour group. The rest of the group had gone all the way down stairs but my son stopped on landing between floors.I grabbed his hand and preceeded down stairs, as I got to the bottom of staircase, a little old woman, wearing what appeared to be a white dress with a black apron came around corner at bottom of staircase. She looked at my son and said “whats wrong with you honey.” as she pinched his cheek. I grabbed his hand and hurried down hall, into kitchen, to catch up with group. Glancing back, as I entered kitchen, the woman was gone. At the time I knew nothing of murders. After the tour I tried to find this little old lady, but she was no where to be found.

duluthgirl says:

November 5, 2008, 11:15 pm

Well, These Are very weird storys but I know the real one. My Great Grandmother Was A maid their In the 1940 because all of her family died. the lady that killed the maid was after the familys fortune. and the maid got in the way. And you all know the rest.

duluth girl says:

November 5, 2008, 11:22 pm

That maid is said to be still be there and I want to go there so bad. mostly because I want to see where my great grandmother ate,slept, and cleaned. I think it woud be very cool even Know I am in my teen years I have been bagging my mom to take me since I was 5years old and heard about the old maids spirt.

DuluthGirl says:

November 8, 2008, 7:38 pm

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vgs says:

November 8, 2008, 8:16 pm

DuluthGirl says: Well, These Are very weird storys but I know the real one. My Great Grandmother Was A maid their In the 1940 because all of her family died. the lady that killed the maid was after the familys fortune. and the maid got in the way. And you all know the rest.

My comment–no female killed anyone there and no maid was killed either. The man who killed the nurse and Miss Elisabeth was married to Miss Elisabeth’s oldest daughter. That daughter was in Colorado at the time of the murders. Many believe that she masterminded the whole plot because of her desire for more money, but that was never proven. I urge you all to find a copy of the book: WILL TO MURDER. That will answer your questions, though we may never know the complete truth. It’s fascinating.


duluth girl says:

November 5, 2008, 11:22 pm
That maid is said to be still be there and I want to go there so bad. mostly because I want to see where my great grandmother ate,slept, and cleaned. I think it woud be very cool even Know I am in my teen years I have been bagging my mom to take me since I was 5years old and heard about the old maids spirt.

vgs says: People think they see all sorts of things. I, personally, have not seen anything. I hope you do come on a tour! Tell them about your great-grandmother. The guide will show you the servant’s quarters!!

August says:

November 11, 2008, 9:44 pm

The woman we met in the back staircase was sure dressed as a maid. I had a real wierd feeling in her presence.She was there one minute and gone the next.If this place is not haunted, it sure is a mystery to me.

Alya says:

November 19, 2008, 5:19 pm

Well, 7 years ago my husband took me onthe tour, i loved the place, but felt spooked. We knew that we were not sopose to take pictures my husband did few anyway, and when we got home and look at the pictures i was speechless, there was alady walking down the hall with a book or something but you totatly can see thru her. Sorry for taking few photos by the way

Molly Martinson says:

December 1, 2008, 12:31 pm

the woman was in her 70’s and was supposably killed by her son-in-law. They could never link her adopted daughter to the murders and the son-in-law never admitted to the murders. He later killed himself in prison still swearing he didn’t kill his mother-in-law and her nurse. Many believe her adopted daughter marjorie killed her and framed her husband. Marjorie has been linked to the murder of her 3rd husband but enough evidence was never presented to try her.

Brendan Lane says:

December 21, 2008, 4:25 pm

I used to live on the grounds of this house. My father was the director of the museum from when ownership was turned over to UMD till the mid ’90’s. We lived in the coachmans quarters. Fantastic place to grow up, but there are certain places in the house that always gave me the creeps such as the main staircase…. weird to see so many people have heard of Marge…

Brendan Lane says:

December 21, 2008, 4:41 pm

to Nathans coment, “Past grounds keepers have even kept many of the bones in drawers in their quarters.” I played at the cemetary and along the creek all throughout my childhood. The cemetary is on high ground approximatly 40-50 feet above the lake. While it is true that the ground is eroding the outer fence for the cemetary is still standing next to the bluff. No bones ever washed up during the time I lived there… As far as I know there were only 2 groundskeepers at Glennsheen, Bob Wyness (who passed a few years ago R.I.P.) and his father. When UMD took over a few more were added Phil and Dan are the only two names I remember. But it has been almost 20 years since I lived there so alot may have changed. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me

vgs says:

December 21, 2008, 10:51 pm

Brendan–that is fascinating!! I heard that the director used to live on the premises, but I never met anyone who did. How neat!! I’d love to learn a lot more from you. I’m not sure how to give you my email address. Where do you live now?

Molly Martinson said,”the woman was in her 70â??s and was supposably killed by her son-in-law. They could never link her adopted daughter to the murders and the son-in-law never admitted to the murders. He later killed himself in prison still swearing he didnâ??t kill his mother-in-law and her nurse. Many believe her adopted daughter marjorie killed her and framed her husband. Marjorie has been linked to the murder of her 3rd husband but enough evidence was never presented to try her.”

Actually, Miss Elisabeth was 83. Roger, the confessed murderer, killed himself after being released from prison even though he confessed. There are still many questions to be answered and only Marjorie can answer them. To my knowledge, Marjorie was not on the premises during the murders. She was in Colorado, but many believe she was the mastermind to the crimes. In November of 2008 (last month), Marjorie pleaded guilty to attempted forgery in the case of a “homeless” (but rich) man she befriended in Arizona. He mysteriously turned up dead when she apparently tried to get his money. She had his body cremated immediately, so they can’t charge her for murder.

Brendan Lane says:

December 21, 2008, 11:16 pm

vgs you can contact me at I am currently living in Pittsburgh Pa… another steel town no less!!! I promise to be any help as I was very young when I lived there. my room was the right 2nd floor window as you look at the coachmans quarters. Perhaps you can tell me if anyone from about 20 years ago is still on staff? I remember a Phil on grounds crew and Dan Mclleand who was some sort of maintance or grounds as well. I would love to speak to you about the house though!

CIERRA says:

January 10, 2009, 7:33 pm

I live in Duluth and it is amazing and the Glensheen is a beautiful place that is not haunted. Please do not say mean things about the city or the masion.
Thank You

k-chan says:

February 1, 2009, 1:56 am

I’ve lived on the north shores of MN all of my life, and the Glensheen murders are something almost every kid has heard about. My sister took me for a tour a few years back. At that time, we were not aloud on the 3rd floor due to fire code, and no talking about the murders. But we had a nice tour guide that showed us some creepy things. While I did not see anything ‘haunting’ there was one painting of a girl that the tour guide showed us. *I think the girl was holding a cat, but I’ve forgoten* But the tour lady pointed out that no matter where your standing or even walking by the girls eyes follow you. It was funny becaues the group of 15 we were in all took turns walking past and getting creeped out by it.

vgs says:

February 1, 2009, 5:20 pm

Yes, it’s a picture of a girl holding a cat. It’s on the wall outside of Marjorie’s bedroom (the oldest daughter Marjorie, not the niece “Marjorie” about whom so much is discussed). That picture freaks everyone out and they are sure it’s haunted. It’s not. It’s the style of painting which was very popular back then. There is a similarly-painted portrait of an Italian fisherman in the third floor guest bedroom. I hope I can take you on a tour sometime!

Margaret says:

February 13, 2009, 4:17 pm

I have been to the mansion. I also live in a large, old house. Of course not as large as the Congdon Mansion but I can tell you that we have drafts and strange noises all the time. I know when we first bought our house the vast space gave me all the feelings you describe. Now, I run up and down the stairs from the third floor to the basement and it is just home. Yes, we have funny noises sometimes also and many drafts. That is something you learn to live with in a old house. When my husband and I left the Congdon house our comment was “we could live there” I remember the most beautiful solarium I have ever seen in my life in the back of the house. I don’t believe it was open then because it needed work. Is it open now? What a wonderful place for breakfast and to read. Vgs and Brenda – how wonderful for both of you. I enjoyed what you said so much. Your love for old homes is refreshing. Cierra – your city is gorgeous! The ships comingin and out, the city on the hill and the history! I also live in MN and I can tell you Duluth is one of our jewels!

vgs says:

February 13, 2009, 6:44 pm

Margaret–the back porch has been off-limits for a while. Glensheen had to put a fire escape there to make it up to fire code, so people are not allowed there. Or are you talking about the “green” room (breakfast room)? That is very much “on” limits!

Haley Dorman says:

March 13, 2009, 2:19 pm

hey . so i live in woodland hills acdamey and iv been studying this manson. i live in albert lea my grandparnets and i bolth went to this manson for a our tour after we read Will To Murder i would like to say that i myslef do belive in paranormal experiences .. and yet there was not much to say about this house i do think it is an interesting story and thought many of you would like to belive this house is haunted i felt cold drafts at times but no ghosts.. so there ya have it .. i lived in eau claire acdemy for 12 months and saw more paranormal activty then this house to offer none the less it still is beauftil house..

Jennifer says:

March 17, 2009, 5:03 pm

I have been to this house many times and never really expierenced anything but cold spots and such… but i have read all the books on the mansion and i am facinated by it and what happened i would go back there again and again and highly recomend if you have the chance to check it out!!!!

Laurie says:

March 19, 2009, 4:45 am

We visited the mansion a few years back. I was more interested in the mansion, not the murders. One thing I found surprising is that each room had it’s own woodwork and furniture to match. I found that a little odd because homes built now have the same woodwork pretty much throughout the whole house. Other then medicine not being as advanced as it is now, they sure didn’t have to worry about staying in a hospital because they had a special place they used when ever someone was ill (an infirmary). That is in sharp contrast to the health care crisis of today that some in our country suffer. If I visit again I’d like to pay more attention to the glassware they might have at the mansion. I’m thinking perhaps maybe some of that stuff was removed by family members when they donated the mansion. I expected to see some ornate decorative items in the mansion, but don’t really recall seeing any of that. I collect glass so I’d find it real interesting to see the mansion’s glassware if they have any at all.

vgs says:

March 19, 2009, 6:42 pm

Laurie–I’m not sure what you expected to see, but the butler’s pantry has glassware and dishes. The family members were allowed to receive two items each, but I don’t think they took much glassware. Perhaps there isn’t anywhere else to display it safely. I’ll try to ask next time I’m there (I gave a tour today). Thank you for visiting the mansion!

Laurie says:

March 21, 2009, 6:58 am

VGS, I think perhaps the reason I didn’t see the glassware was maybe because it was not out in the open. I seem to recall that when we walked through the kitchen area it was a quick pass through. I seem to recall that near the kitchen area was the servant’s quarters? It’s quite possible that at the time we went through the mansion I didn’t know as much about glass as I do now. It is also possible that I wouldn’t have recognized any of the glass had I seen any pieces. The glass I know most about was at one time dime store glass and probably not something that would have been purchased by someone well-to-do. This dime store glass now is really quite expensive to collect. There are many colors and patterns. The pieces I find most outside an antique store are 1950/1960 pieces. Fenton Glass Co. still makes handmade glass, but back then it was quite cheap. For a substantial piece produced today it can cost $100’s of dollars. A “Gone With the Wind Lamp” typically goes for about $500+ now brand new. One lamp I recall being produced in the 60’s is now worth $1,000+. But again, not something someone with means would have purchased in the early years – at least I don’t think so. Perhaps what the mansion might have more of is fine crystal glass which I have a difficult time identifying. Those kinds of pieces I would expect to appear in a china cabinet in a formal dining room. I don’t remember any pieces of china or glassware on the diningroom table. It would take a bit of maintenance to keep it clean and sparkling all the time. Kitchen glassware might have been a different matter. Maybe they did use less expensive glass for everyday use. It is amazing when you’re in the process of learning about glass, you also end up learning a lot about this country’s history as well.

vgs says:

March 21, 2009, 10:10 am

I will be doing a tour next week and will check the glass then (normally I would be doing one today, but my future daughter-in-law is having a bridal shower!). I don’t remember seeing any really fine china and glassware–but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. I will ask others who might know about it when I go there next time. The room you are thinking of is called the butler’s pantry (between the kitchen/green breakfast room/dining room), and it’s where most of the china is. It’s definitely more ‘every day’ china. The other cabinet you’re thinking of is in the dining room–it has various pieces including salt cellars which I point out to guests. Most have never heard of a salt cellar. My mom was born in England, so we knew what those were because we used them. The really fine china may be in storage, away from the public. I will try to find out more information! I love US history of this era, so you are definitely sparking an interest!! And you have a GREAT memory–I’m impressed! Thank you!

Chase Griffin says:

March 24, 2009, 9:20 pm

I was very recently at the mansion just last year and while i was walking up the stairs my eyes were glued to the landing where the nurse was murdered. (i knew this in advance) and when i brushed my hand across it i felt it was extremeley chilly compared to the air around it. The guide immideatly told me not to touch anything. Just thought i would share this.

Katie says:

March 30, 2009, 2:16 pm

First of all, it’s not the woman’s crazed lover. It was the woman’s adopted daughter and her boyfriend that killed both her mother and her mother’s nurse. The mother was killed in her bed, smuthered with a pillow and the nurse was killed on the staircase landing, being hit in the head with a candle stick. You can go tour the home, I’ve been 3 or 4 times and never felt any strange feelings. And I’m not sure if you’re allowed to ask about teh murders, you never used to be able to, but I think you may be able to now…

Jalyn says:

April 4, 2009, 7:18 pm

I’ve been to the mansion three times I think, on all three occasions I havnt felt any coldness or chills. And I really don’t believe the comment about the girl going to the bathroom and seing a woman dressed in white and black and screaming for help. One of the times I was there was actually for a wedding and it was a really beautiful seremony. I know we as humans want to believe its haunted because murders have occured there, but don’t lie and say you’ve seen a ghost there. It’s disrespectful.

adoc says:

April 4, 2009, 11:02 pm

Nearing the end of a tour, my 3 year old son began crying while coming down the back staircase, on the landing. He stopped there and we fell behind the tour group. I grabbed his hand, hurried him down the last set of stairs. Right at the bottom of the stairs a little grey haired woman was standing. She was dressed in a white dress, with black apron.She rubbed my sons head and said, “my you are a cute little boy”. I pulled him along to catch up with tour. looking back, I noticed she wasn’t there anymore. Later I looked around to see if there was a lady that worked there that matched the one we saw. There was none. At the time I knew nothing of the murders. If this place is not haunted, it was, and is a mystery to me.

Tammy says:

April 10, 2009, 11:19 am

We went there last summer in 2008 You can now go to the attic, it’s awsome up there all their old stuff is stored there. The guides are now able to talk about the murders. Our guide wasn’t too good, but it was still really neat….

carla says:

April 10, 2009, 4:32 pm

Iv been there several times..I grew up in lakeside. When iv been there the old grounds keeper house is where my creepy feelings come from. the rest of the place feels sad and angry. There is one more haunted place i know of in duluth. IT’s on second street..someone should check out to see if anything creepy has happened in the last 12 yrs. its the light blue house facing the lake to the right of 711 east 2nd street.

carla says:

April 10, 2009, 4:37 pm

Iv been to the mansion several time’s. I grew up in lakeside.
When I was there, the old grounds keeper house was where my creepy feelings come from. The rest of the place feels sad and angry. There is one more haunted place I know of in Duluth. Someone should research it to see if anything creepy has happened in the last 12 yrs. It’s the light blue house facing the lake to the right of 711 east 2nd street.

carla says:

April 10, 2009, 4:38 pm

Iv been to the mansion several time’s due to growing up in lakeside.
When I was there, the old grounds keeper house was where my creepy feelings come from. The rest of the place feels sad and angry. There is one more haunted place I know of in Duluth. Someone should research it to see if anything creepy has happened in the last 12 year’s. It’s the light blue house facing the lake to the right of 711 East 2nd street.

cora says:

May 6, 2009, 5:24 pm

i’ve visited this mansion, nothings happened to me, i’ve never seen an apparation, i haven’t felt cold spots…i think some people are being dishonest. but maybe there ARE people who feel and see these things, maybe it’s because im not as special as them, but…i think people are being dishonest

Jessica says:

May 18, 2009, 10:59 pm

I will be getting married at the Mansion on September 5th, and I am actually having my wedding reception in the mansion, in the basement ! I’ll let you know if anything spooky happens !! An NO, they are not allowed to talk about the murders…. still. They will however mention that the house did have a violent past, but no they will not tell you where it happened. But I know !! lol

vgs says:

May 19, 2009, 12:06 am

Jessica: I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but you are mistaken. We can briefly discuss the crime as needed. Sometimes it won’t be brought up, but that’s a matter of individual preference. I have a schedule of weddings in front of me, including yours assuming your last name starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. If I work your wedding I will talk to you.

Brooklyn says:

May 19, 2009, 2:45 am

I visited the Glensheen mansion about two years ago with my aunt and cousins. I had prior, yet very limited, knowledge of the murders at the mansion and was so intruiged to be taking this tour. We passed through many of the amazing rooms the mansion has to offer, and were on the second floor when I began to get antsy…”when were they going to tell us about the murders?” I thought to myself. We toured Elisabeth’s bedroom and continued down the hall to an area with several smaller rooms roped off and an old elevator. The tour guide, with her back to the elevator, was facing the small rooms in preperation to explain about the various artifacts in the small rooms behind the crowd. I couldn’t hold my tongue anymore, and asked the guide whether it was true or not that there had been a murder in the mansion and if the rumors of hauntings were true. Her demeanor seemed to change a little and she answered that yes there were actually 2 people murdered and explained a few reasons why the guides do not mention the murders (one being children, and there was one small child on our tour) and simply said yes she had known of a few stories throught the years, but never seen anything herself. I respectfully quit asking questions at that point because of the child, but I was dying to hear more. My mind was distracted a little as the guide began again to explain about the artifacts and I was facing away from the group looking at the glass on the elevator door. I then saw a figure come up from the basement level, stop on the second floor, where the door never opened (as it should have, being that it stopped on that floor) and the elevator went back down to the basement. Literally the minute the elevator disappeared the guide turned the groups’ attention to the elevator and began to tell how the elevator was now only used once a year on Christmas to move decorations from the attic. My jaw dropped and I exclaimed to her that there was just someone who came up and went down in the elevator. She said “really?” and was very puzzled. No one else in the group saw the figure come up or go down in the elevator. We were all full of doubt and excitement through the rest of the tour, where to my suprise the tour guide was waiting for me and told me that she couldnt find anyone who had been in the elevator, but also tried to convince me that it had to have been one of the staff members. I beg to differ simply because WHY did no one else see that happen? There were probably 15 people standing in a cramped area, and no one but me saw or heard a thing. I am now SO intrigued and cant wait to return and hopefully visit the 3rd floor!! Thank you to all who care for this lovley estate ~ it truely is a treasure!

Brooklyn says:

May 19, 2009, 4:58 am

Wow…I just read nearly all of the 300+ posts on here and wanted to post a little more. Some very interesting posts, some quite useless…but thanks to those who added to the conversation and were informative! I was in Duluth again just last week and we drove up the shore for an after-graduation dinner, and passed Glensheen on our drive. I noticed for the first time the cemetary next to the estate that some people spoke of. No one mentioned this nor did I notice it during our tour! I love old cemetaries, so I am delighted to learn about the cemetary and it’s history. I will be sure to check it out next time I visit. Another thing I didnt mention in my previous post (and should have!!!) is that I would highly reccommend visiting Glensheen, (I would love to get hitched there
too!)first for it’s beauty, technology, art, originality, and HISTORY but secondly, I would recommend it highly to anyone who believes in the paranormal. Whether or not you see something, the FEELING of the place is undescribable…and remember that ghosts dont want to be looked for, so dont go expecting to see/feel them…if they want to contact you, they will. Either way…keep the money rolling in to this amazing estate ($40,000 to heat per year!?!?) And to the person who posted that the fee was too pricey…I would say with access to the amazing carriage house, all other out-buildings, grounds, lakeshore, gardens, cemetary (Yay!! 😛 )and everything you get to see inside the MAGICAL and AMAZING main house, that this tour is WELL worth the money and I am actually amazed that they bring in enough money each year to do the up-keep! If this isnt worth the money, what is…a new video game??? GO VISIT! SPEND THE MONEY ~ IT’S WORTH IT!!! Finally, I just want to say I hope that people remain respectful of the home and keep it prestine (and not STEAL ~ how terrible!) so Glensheen can stay open to the public for generations to come.

Jessica says:

May 19, 2009, 9:07 am

VGS, I’m just going off of what I’ve experienced at the Mansion. I’ve been to the Mansion about 15 times in the last 5 years, and in every tour that I’ve been on, Someone will ask about the Murders, and EVERYTIME it is stated that the UMD does not want this beautiful Historic home known only for such a terrible and tragic event. Even though I find the claim of paranormal events completely intriguing, I hope people do see the Congdon Estate in its entirety and not only for a tragic past. I will definitely post if I do myself experience any phenomenon . Iâ??ve already told my fiancé that I will not be roaming the grounds alone !!

vgs says:

May 19, 2009, 10:17 am

Prior to 2004, we were not allowed to mention a thing about the crimes. In fact, there was a canned speech we were to give if asked. In 2004 we were allowed to talk about it using discretion. Many older docents do not care to discuss it because they personally knew the Congdons (I did not). Younger tour guides always mention it. Maybe you always had older guides!

vgs says:

May 19, 2009, 10:29 am

Brooklyn: It’s funny you should mention the elevator. The other day several docents were allowed to see “behind the scenes” at Glensheen. As we talked, it turned out that *I* was the only one who had ever ridden the elevator (no one else would do it)! A few years ago I expressed interest in the elevator, so one of the caretakers/janitors/cleaning people asked me if I wanted to ride in it. Usually I say no to things like that, but I figured it was safe. As I was going up they yelled out, “If it stops between floors, you’ll have to crawl out!” It didn’t, but it was an experience! It’s probably 50 years old and has not had maintenance on it because no one officially uses it (it’s just for putting vacuums or other heavy things in it).

As for paranormal activities, I pray over the house before my tours. When people ask me if it’s haunted I say, “Not on MY tours!” So, if you want ghosts you’ll probably have to go with a different guide. :-)

By the way–some docents will discuss the crimes in more detail after the tours. Glensheen sells a book, “Will to murder.” It’s in its third edition and I’d guess there will be a fourth edition in a few years. Every time the major star in the book does something, we need to come out with a new edition.

Brooke says:

May 20, 2009, 12:22 am

I read that there is a bed and breakfast next door? Is that correct and if yes please tell me how I can book a stay!

Brooke says:

May 20, 2009, 12:24 am

I read that the sister’s house is now a B & B? Is it still in business and if so, could you please tell me how to contact them?

vgs says:

May 20, 2009, 12:38 am

Brooke: It’s a great house from what I have been told and is only two doors down. However, it’s now owned by a private family! I’m sorry.

Hannah says:

May 27, 2009, 9:14 pm

I agree with Jon and everyone else, because i just went thier like last week ( may 25 2009) And i did not feel any “cold spots” or screaming,it was only a nice tour of a Very old mansion. People shouldnt be saying its haunted and that is why the guides dont talk about it but the real reason they dont want to upset the Congdon family by telling people about their ancestors dying in a house that is now being toured in.

Belinda Oertel says:

May 27, 2009, 10:31 pm

I dont know why people are saying that the staff cant talk about the murders. Everything I have read up on it says that they can. You just have to ask the guids to do so and to just sak at the end of the tour and they will do so. I will re-post and tell you about my time visiting after I do. I move there in July and will deffently be going there.

Belinda Oertel says:

May 27, 2009, 10:38 pm

I dont know why you all are saying that they cant talk about the murders its not true. They can you just have to ask at the end of the tours and they will answer your questions. I have read up on it all. and pluse they also sale a book about the murders that happened there in the gift shop. so if they wernt alowed to talk about it then they wouldnt sale the dang books there. Read up on it Google Glensheen Mansion and go to the wikipidia and it tells you right there that they can and WILL talk about it at the end of the tour. They probably dont just come out and say things because there are kids in the tours and some people just dont want to hear about a lady getting brutaly murdered in her house. I will be moving to Duluth in July (2009) and I will re-post and let you all know how I found Glensheen Mansion to be and if they talked about the murder. I bet they will if you ask them at the end of the tour like it says on Wikipidia…. 😉 have a good day.

misha says:

June 17, 2009, 2:50 am

I used to work at the house and things like lights turning on and off definetly happen however it is likely due to old electric wires that paranormal activity. This lighting problem happens in all old homes. I
spent a lot of time in the house and trust me it is not haunted by the women who tragicley died in the home. There have been rumored sightings of a small boy identified as the Congdons son who died when he was 3, however the boy died long before the Congdons moved into Glensheen so it is unlikely.

Thad says:

June 30, 2009, 7:17 pm

When I was a high school senior in the fall of 2004, the small high school choral group that i was in was asked to perform at a function being held by the estate, and in exchange for the performance, we were given exclusive access to take our own self guided tours, it was while on the second floor where the old woman and her nurse were murdered, i had noticed that it had grown quite loud from all the people walking around and talking, but the instant that myself and the two others with me that it instantly became deathly quiet, which made us a little unnerved, and until this time, i had always been a little skeptical of the whole theory of haunted houses, and i actually made a statement out loud to this effect, and it was at that precise moment(because i will never forget this) all of the hair on the back of my neck stood at attention, as if they were being brushed up by a hand, almost as if to prove to me that in some way this house may be visited on occasion by “spirits”. It put a little bit of fear into me, and i will always remember.

Amanda says:

August 10, 2009, 1:51 pm

I visited the mansion with my mother and not once did anything wierd happen. I believe its all just folk lore

Gabby says:

August 11, 2009, 7:19 pm

I have been in the mansion many times and have been on every single floor, i haven’t have any weird things happen to me. I believe there are spirits still walking around the mansion and i also believe that many of you people are making up these stories. If you have felt creeped out in the house you probably just where paranoid that its so big and people have been murdered which scares you and makes you jump at every little thing.

Mike says:

August 22, 2009, 12:58 am

Y’all think Glensheen is nice? The Congdons had a BIGGER version in Washington State. A portrait of that house used to be in Glensheen. I took two tours at Glensheen. The last had access to the 3rd Floor and Attic. After seeing the rest of the mansion the 3rd floor was extremely sparse. The attic was one of the best truss style attics I’ve ever seen.
You want to see great examples of pride in worksmanship? The hand carvings on one side of a room will be within 1/8 of an inch height difference of those on the other side of the room. Considering they had no laser siting then I found it to be incredible.


christine rogers says:

August 22, 2009, 9:33 am

hi my name is christine i live close to the house
i do really think it is true that the house is deeply hunted
i was dreaming of wanting to sped two night there to see it my self

vgs says:

August 22, 2009, 3:55 pm

The house which the family still owns is in Yakima, Washington, and is called Westhome. From the people with whom I have spoken and who have actually been inside it, it is not furnished like Glensheen at all. I believe it’s more of a Southwest theme. Interestingly enough, it is not available to all members of the Congdon family–only certain ones.

Mike says:

August 22, 2009, 7:14 pm

No I’m thinking Congdon Castle.


vgs says:

August 23, 2009, 12:43 am

Please tell me where the Congdon Castle is in relation to Westhome. Having spoken with the Congdon’s great-grandchildren, they told me that Westhome was/is also known as the Congdon Castle.

Nicole says:

September 2, 2009, 10:22 pm

My husband and I toured the mansion because we had free tickets. I knew the mother had been murdered…but nothing more than that. We were the only ones on our tour. When we started going up the stairwell, I started to feel a sense of vertigo (which is not a typical phenomenon for me) and even asked the tour guide if the staircase moves because it is suspended in the air. He said sure. By the time we got to Elizabeth’s bedroom, I started to feel very dizzy and faint. I had to squat down and try to regain composure (my husband thought my back hurt or something because I didn’t want to say anything and felt embarrassed). I had a hard time on the second floor and just didn’t feel well. By the time we went back down to the second floor, I felt if nothing happened. I do not feel dizzy or faint often and thought maybe it was because the house was old and the floors shift or something. Anyways…when I shared this experience a couple months later with a friend she told me the nurse had been murdered on the stairwell, and that Elizabeth was murdered in her bed. Not sure what to make of it…but it is a little eeery. I have never experienced any paranormal phenomenon before….if that’s what it was.

vgs says:

September 3, 2009, 12:30 am

“I started to feel a sense of vertigo (which is not a typical phenomenon for me) and even asked the tour guide if the staircase moves because it is suspended in the air. He said sure.”

I’m not sure what stairway you were on or what tour guide you had, but no stairs are suspended in the air. The one we use to go up to Elizabeth’s bedroom is a very solidly built stairway with a landing and isn’t just “suspended.” I am sensitive to motion having grown up with earthquakes, and I’ve never felt anything on that stairway.

vgs, a docent at Glensheen

Brooklyn says:

October 5, 2009, 11:37 pm

Interesting new comments here! Hi again. “Nicole” two comments up: Weird you say that, because that is the exact spot I began to feel a presence when I was there. If u read my post I mentioned how I began getting anxious (it began on the stairway, and increased in Elisabeths bedroom – and of course peaking with my sighting in the elevator around the corner. The stairs weren’t moving…it mighta been something else! :) VGS: your right about “Westhome” and “Congdon Castle” being one-in-the-same. I did quite a bit of research to see if I could go tour there as well (since I LOVE GLENSHEEN and ITS GHOSTS :) ) Unfortunately you can not tour the other estate. One more thing I dont remember if I mentioned last time VGS, you do an excellent job of maintaing this site. Haunted or not – the place is amazing and deserves the respect and attention you give to it. You seem to be very passionate about it, and its very appreciated – so, hats off to you! :) ~ Brooklyn, in WI

vgs says:

October 5, 2009, 11:50 pm

Thank you, Nicole! I don’t maintain the site–I just post to it because I work (volunteer) there and know quite a bit. You can’t tour the other site in Washington because it’s still owned and used by the family, and not every descendent can use it–only certain ones. By the way, the place most people “feel” something is not Elisabeth’s room. It’s the upstairs guest bedroom (in the third floor). I have not idea why, nor have I experienced anything there.

teri and Oscar says:

October 18, 2009, 9:15 pm

haunted or not…the place is creepy…my 9 year old son and I went there last fall, and found the boathouse area particularly creepy…Lake Superior crashing on the rocks, the great mansion looming behind. The house seemed to hold many, many secrets, the murders being a consequence to dark secrets…at least that’s the feeling I got from the place. We did love it and will go back for sure. Like I said, I don”t know if its haunted, but there is an energy to the place that feels secretive and dark

vgs says:

October 18, 2009, 10:15 pm

Truthfully, as someone who has been in the house thousands of times, I don’t get the feeling that it has dark secrets. The murders were not secret, of course, but the family was really a great family. They were genuinely wonderful, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have met some of the descendants. I get a very good feeling when I’m in the mansion. By the way, I’ve been in it by myself and have had to go through the place, including upstairs, when no one was there. I honestly didn’t get the creeps, as some might say. :-)

Brendan says:

October 19, 2009, 12:13 am

I agree that the boathouse is creepy. When we lived there I never really liked being around it or inside. The trees to the left and the decaying pier give it a abandoned feel. I’d love to see some pictures as it sits now. It was always interesting to see how the water would move the rocks around, sometimes the shore would extend out as far as the end of the pier, othertimes within feet of the door. Same goes for the creeks, sometimes you could walk across the mouths of them, othtimes it was a 15 foot gap!

vgs says:

October 19, 2009, 12:33 am

Hi Brendan! How are you!? I haven’t looked at the boathouse in a while, but it didn’t seem all that creepy to me. Next time I’m there I think I will go check it out. By the way, I took some photos of Glensheen this fall and put them on Facebook.

Haley Olson says:

October 29, 2009, 9:56 am

I have a very scary story when i was there… I GOT PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS AND THE GHOST OF THE MAID HIT ME OVER THE HEAD WITH A CANDLE STICK!! i had internal bleeding of the brain and my brain swelled up to the size of a watermelon..

vgs says:

October 29, 2009, 1:13 pm

When was this? I’ll have to ask the people at Glensheen about it since I have never heard of it before. It must have happened before I was working there. Did it make the local news?

Nick says:

October 29, 2009, 3:13 pm

To confirm Elizabeth was not murdered in her room, she was murdered in Marjories’ room, the murder of the maid is accurate, but Elizabeth was murdered her sisters room on a hospital bed cause she suffered a stroke causing paralysis on one side. I have been there 3 times actually enjoy visiting, seen nothing, the house is old and probably drafty at times after all it is on the windy mighty lake superior Duluths air conditioner probably explaining the cold spots, but would not surprise me a bit of any paranormal activity.

Sami says:

October 31, 2009, 12:31 am

When i was in 3rd grade we toured the mansion for girl scouts. and i remember we went upstairs and made old timey wierd dolls but then me and my friend had to go to the bathroom. so our leader took us to the bathroom. and when we came out of the bathroom we were walking to the staircase to go back up stairs and i was sure i saw a girl running up the stairs. but when we got there no one was there.

Christine says:

October 31, 2009, 10:43 pm

I know many people have different views as far as possible paranormal activity in the mansion. I have visited Glensheen twice and have felt a sadness/despair both times. You know how you walk into a room of a party, for example, and you feel the cheery energy? Same goes for places you haven’t been too as far as feeling good/bad/happy/sad. Like Glensheen (for some).

I had known of the murders but not specific things as far a who or why they occured when I first visited there. The first time was creepy as it was during the middle of a thunderstorm and the lights were flickering. Creepy feeling happened due to that. I did have a weird feeling of being watched, however, in the small bedrooms that you are taken to right after the master bedroom and a small bathroom. It wasn’t bad or sad feeling. I just felt like I was being watched as if why was I there…like why would people want to look at this house. I felt like it was a little girl for some reason. I had taken pictures that day too. Although it is not proof of anything, a face appeared in a window of the same room I had the creepy feeling in. I know it wasn’t a tour person either since we were the last of the day.

Also during the tour we were asked to look for a dragon in the woodwork of the main staircase landing that leads to the second floor. I couldn’t concentrate on finding the dragon while others around me could easily. Whether that’s just me or not who knows. I just know I had a hard time concentrating in that spot. The butlers pantry gave me the creeps as well as the kitchen. I had that feeling of being watched. As we made our way to the basement/ground floor (could have been the first floor too, it’s been 3 years since my last visit), there was a small skinny staircase that lead to upper floors (I’m guessing servant stairway). I was drawn to that specific staircase for some reason and don’t know why. I wanted to go and walk up but wasn’t allowed due to the tour. The tour I had gone on both times didn’t allow access to the third floor.

The tour guides did not talk of the murders when we were there; however a tour guide did answer a question my Mom asked when we were in the public bathroom in the basement/ground floor. The tour guide did answer but she seemed pretty hesitant. Which makes sense if they don’t want to answer those questions. The Congdons were very hard workers and a good family and respecting their past is important. I can see how they would not want to make Glensheen a “ghost hunting” tourist trap. It is a historic place and should be respected as such. Although, from what I’ve seen, it is a possible place for the Ghost Adventures crew to go to. The show on the Travel Channel. I do hope they get a chance to go just to prove to all of us (believer or not believers in the paranormal) what is really there. Although, again, that may just lead to people to want to go there for the “ghosts” but would also be great promotion for the estate.

I have never volunteered there and spent many hours at Glensheen but from the time I was there I think there is an energy of sadness. Just by my first step in the mansion I felt the sadness. If it ever is supposedly haunted then I don’t get a feeling of it being bad. It’s a good place to visit and beautifully maintained. Whether you believe in “Haunted houses” or not it’s a great tourist stop. So is Duluth.

If any past/present tourguides/guests have any insight on what I have felt about this place (same senses, etc)…let me know…it would be interesting!

Carolyn Cheslock says:

November 2, 2009, 4:52 pm

I toured the mansion in a very small group and we went to the top floor. We put our heads in the laundry shoot door and looked down to the basement. That’s the door Patty Duke put her head in to listen to what was being said in the basement when the movie “You’ll Like My Mother” was filmed on the premises, mostly on the 3rd floor. John Boy was also in the movie. I believe the guides are probably not permitted to talk about the murders because they would get bogged down, and they do have to keep the tours moving along smoothly as they are very busy in the summer.

Grace says:

November 7, 2009, 4:52 pm

There’s another sightings that the nurse appeara in the windowstill. (how would i know?) Personal experience.

Grace says:

November 7, 2009, 4:56 pm

Later I learned that was where the nurse got killed…

Danielle says:

November 10, 2009, 12:03 pm

I was very glad to find out about Glensheen Mansion. I would love to visit there and I am very glad I have not moved out of Minnesota yet. I am doing a project in school and I am compiling a list of supposed(and confirmed) allegations of haunted areas in Minnesota. I have become fascinated with Glensheen Mansion and am going to add this to my list along with a history. It does sadden me though by the murders though. I hope to one day visit before my family and I move so I can visit this historical mansion.

wtf says:

December 14, 2009, 12:14 pm

thats a hole bunch off bull i lived thier for 20 years thiers nothing wrong with that house lades im 15

D says:

December 18, 2009, 3:40 pm

I have been to the Mansion and felt nothing. I knew about the murders before going in but that wasn’t the reason we went there. If you think that something strange is going to happen and that’s the reason you went, don’t go. It is a beautiful house and it is well maintained. Go there for the beauty of the place and to learn about the people that have lived there. I didn’t see anything strange and I didn’t hear anything strange and I didn’t feel anything strange. The basement was colder than the rest of the house, it’s not a cold spot. It’s a basement, heat rises. Cold spots are when there is a great decrease in temperature in a random area. But before saying its a cold spot, look for open windows and remember people are constantly coming in and out of the house so there is breeze coming in and out all the time. Usually if a spirit is present you a little strange and I felt extremely comfortable there. Our tour did go up into the third floor.

Jen says:

January 16, 2010, 8:41 pm

I was there with my family and I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary unless you mean extraordinary arcitecture and decorating. The grounds are so unbelievably lush an beautiful in season. This is a tour worth taking without a doubt!
I believe that we all get to be at rest when we die. Because of my faith I know I will not be here when I die, and I think you have to choose that. If we believe in the supernatural things that God can do and that there is a supernatural enemy who tries to copy all the things God does, I think we are foolish to dismiss all ideas that this is not a mystical place.
Joyful, sad, fearful and embarassing things happen in all families. It’s not out of my realm of belief that there is residual “happenings” in a place where a real family lived. The Congden family endured the loss of a child to scarlett fever together, the pre-mature death of Chester Congden in 1916 (how lonely his wife must have been), children always off to private boarding schools, the loss of siblings as they took in their orphaned newphew, and then top that off with a horrible double murder of their daughter in the house they took 5 years to plan. These are all stressful things to endure, unfortunate things that could be in the history of any family in Minnesota.
Tragedy always leaves a footprint. However, I hope that the things people say they have encountered at Minnesota’s premiere Mansion are not the ghosts of these lovely people, descendants of a brilliant entrapreneur and his wife, people who deserve some supernatural rest. Perhaps it’s some sort of stomach flu or indigestion accopanied by a drafty house. Or maybe not…

Jared M says:

January 20, 2010, 2:28 am

I visited the Glensheen mansion when I was younger with my family one year that my dad ran the Grandma’s marathon. I don’t remember how I found out about the murders, I feel like there was a video playing in the basement on a TV that talked about it, but I think this would have been back when they weren’t allowed to talk about the murders. It was a very interesting place, but I had a strange feeling the whole time I was there. Everything seemed so gloomy and abandoned. I was happy to be seeing such a beautiful and historical residence, but at the same time I was overcome with a feeling of sadness that I will never forget. Nothing paranormal has ever happened to me, at least that I couldn’t think of an explanation for, but I do believe in ghosts and I believe that the mansion is haunted.

Dee says:

January 23, 2010, 4:11 pm

YES they can and DO talk about the murders if anybody asks them!

Dee says:

January 23, 2010, 4:12 pm

Yes they DO talk about it – all you have to do is ASK THEM

Brandy Rose says:

January 27, 2010, 1:53 am

I know this is going to sound crazy. I volunteered at the mansion for a few summers while going to school. I was in the middle of sweeping a doorway when out of the corner of my eye I swear a saw the nurse **** her head at me. I was too afraid to look or say something I just stopped, went into shock and walked forward. To this day I wonder if I really would have seen her if I had turned my head. I was just too freaked out to do so then. Other people there would brag about stories of encounters that I had never believed and always made sarcastic remarks about.

Brandy Rose says:

January 27, 2010, 1:55 am

I know this is going to sound crazy. I volunteered at the mansion for a few summers while going to school. I was in the middle of sweeping a doorway when out of the corner of my eye I swear a saw the nurse tilt (i said c o ck and it took it as profanity) her head at me. I was too afraid to look or say something I just stopped, went into shock and walked forward. To this day I wonder if I really would have seen her if I had turned my head. I was just too freaked out to do so then. Other people there would brag about stories of encounters that I had never believed and always made sarcastic remarks about.

jw says:

February 23, 2010, 2:02 pm

ok i went there over the summer and i am 100% positive i saw a picture haning on the wall waving up and down as everyone was standing still. i was not the only person who caught this as a girl was pointing at it.

Vicki G says:

February 23, 2010, 2:15 pm

I’m a docent at the mansion. :-)

There is a picture which can give the appearance of movement. The artist painted his daughter and her eyes “follow” you. No matter where you are, they are looking at you, and they move as you move. THIS IS NOT HAUNTED, but is a very good technique employed by the artist. I can’t tell you how many people mutter to themselves, “This picture is haunted.” It’s not. :-)

I try during my tours to make the house not gloomy. However, almost all homes built in the early 1900s are gloomy because the lighting just isn’t very good. In fact, the home originally had gas and electric lighting (like the James J Hill home in the Twin Cities), and often the gas lights were brighter. I know that is true of the Hill House, but I don’t know about Glensheen. I do know that at night, with all the lights on, it’s still dark. To me, it isn’t because of the sad history of the Congdon family (and there were many good things that happened there as well!), but it’s more about the actual placement of the lights. When the house was built, there weren’t outlets in the wall to put more lamps, so the only lights were the ones either on the walls or in the ceiling.

Anyway, I urge people to visit Glensheen for its beauty and authenticity. You really won’t find many old mansions which are almost totally as they were in their prime. The house wasn’t used for anything but being a house, so we didn’t have to try to restore it by putting things in it to match what we thought was there. It’s all still there from the early days! During the winter, sometimes you can call ahead and they will try to arrange a private tour with a docent (like me!). Those are really fun!

logan says:

March 7, 2010, 10:33 pm

great house everybody should visit it. its not haunted

Jenni says:

March 8, 2010, 6:03 pm

i know that the mansion is haunted its just for those skeptics they will never feel the precense because their minds are already closed off to even the possibility of it. I was about 10 when i was there and i could feel someone watching me the entire time we were on the tour. I wasnt scared or freaked out but just a weird feeling of someone watching you but no one is there. then in the part of the garden tour i looked up and saw someone looking outside and no one was up there and with in a few seconds it was gone and you could see the curtains move and the windows were closed and no air conditioners on…and what i was; was not a trasperent vision it was as if there was really someone there. I know there wasnt but it was excititng to experince

Sarah says:

April 3, 2010, 12:19 pm

I went there a few years ago there was definatly a wierd feel around the house i felt more than that one nurse but i feel them as more residual, as the nurse is an intellegant spirit.

ndc says:

April 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

I was at Glensheen in the early 80’s, and had never heard of the murders. Just wanted to see what appeared to be a pretty cool mansion. The minute I walked into the main entry way, a feeling of absolute terror washed over me, as if something awful had engrained itself into the very building itself. I couldn’t get out of the house fast enough. Later that day, we learned about the murders that had taken place there. Not sure I believe in all of this paranormal stuff, but that place sure had an ugly vibe to it.

Vicki says:

April 13, 2010, 3:25 pm

I’m so sorry that happened to you. I feel love in that house. I look at the wonderful photos of the family which are just filled with so many wonderful feelings, and I don’t get any ugliness at all. I hope you can come back sometime on one of my tours and can feel the good things in the mansion!

Tiffany A says:

April 13, 2010, 10:35 pm

I was on a tour with my class and I was about to go down a staircase and I felt someone tap my shoulder. I turned around and saw there was no one behind me. I ran to get in front of the person ahead of me and while I think it would be interesting to go in again and see if anything happens I would rather not…..

Lisa says:

May 6, 2010, 4:59 pm

I was at Glensheen Mansion the otherday and I didn’t see anything spooky like other people did see.

Lisa says:

May 6, 2010, 5:09 pm

Oh,I forgot to mention that I went on it with my class one of the pictures of Chester Condon scared somebody in the other teacher’s class well she was looking at it and she thought it talked to her,but it was only the tourist in the other room.That was a grief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vicki says:

May 6, 2010, 6:22 pm

As a docent, I would occasionally show guests the switch which turns on certain lights throughout the mansion. (One light switch activates a number of lights.) Sometimes I’d turn it on just to show them that it still works. Unfortunately, that meant that lights would go on unexpectedly in other areas of the house, and apparently some guests on other tours in the mansion thought that it was a ghost or something. Needless to say, I don’t do that anymore–but it shows you that it was a human, not a spirit, which was doing it!

casey says:

May 10, 2010, 2:06 pm

I am going to be touring Glensheen on Saturday the 15th, While I don’t necessarily believe that there is a haunting there, but anything is possible. I am excited to see the beauty the mansion has to offer, if I get a paranormal event also, that’s just icing to an already great cake.

Vicki says:

May 10, 2010, 3:51 pm

That’s the one Saturday I won’t be working! Hope you have a great tour!

christine says:

May 12, 2010, 1:52 pm

get a life!!!

Link says:

May 12, 2010, 10:02 pm

Me and my wife visited the mansion on our honeymoon 5 years ago..We were very excited to go in the beautiful house…As we walked around the house with the tour group we started to walk up the stairs…As soon as I passed the bench that is half-way up the stairs I had a huge feeling of sadness…It bothered me the whole day…I didn’t say anything to my wife..Well 3 years later I was watching T.V show with Dominic Dunne..It was a show about wealthy people that were murdered…Well the show was about Glensheen…As I was watching they said that one of the woman that were murdered was found right by that bench….That freaked me out

Sara says:

May 26, 2010, 5:33 pm

I went on a tour of the mansion last year and while I was in the laundry room in the basement, I peeked into the closet on the far right, and i swear i saw a women in a white dress holding a bucket walk behind the door. Tt scared the **** ouot of me so I ran back to my mom who was in the hallway in the basement. I was going to ask the tour guide about it, but I didn’t.

lisa( Elisabeth) says:

May 29, 2010, 11:44 pm

I just want questions answered and need help. I went to the Congdon Mansion when I was in the sixth grade and had never heard of any of them before. I lived in Hopkins so was never in the mansion before. The tour guide who was in the back of the hallway ( outside of the dining room)announced we would be going to a specific room, I was ahead in the line, I started walking up stairs to the room leading everyone, although we were no where near or headed towards the steps. The tour guide asked me how I knew where to go, I did not know nor did I remember leading the way…Earlier, I noticed something else odd. In front of ther blue room hangs a picture on a wall, of a girl , with a cat, I hear it is a drawing of the artists own daughter( not a Congdon), she looks exactly like me, I even thought it was a mirror for a while, the events were strange but I ignored them. When I was thirty -seven, I took my kids to the mansion to show them the picture that looks just like me, they were shocked. We took pictures on my cell phone in the back of the house, because we forgot our camera at home and live in St.paul. The pictures were taken on the bridge in the back over a creek, on the way to the cemetary by the water. I do not know how to text, but received a text days later in the middle of the night one night . I do not know anyone here, we moved here from Holland in 2002, the phone is only for emergencies and to call 911 and keep in touch with my kids as I am a single mother, the text that was sent to me was sent by no one, it could not be traced back by T-Mobile, it added one of the pictures I had taken of my youngest daughter on the bridge, it also added an olde ring tone I used months before but had since switched, it was the sound of a stream… It added a phone number that made no sense, I was told the area code was Duluth but can not get that validated, it also added a strange message of spaces, numbers, symbols and exclamation points and question marks… I don’t even know now how to get those things on my phone. T- mobile can’t explain it to me, no one can, I saved the message and the added picture and ring tone the way it was sent, it also added itself to my contact list, with the message and picture attached… How the heck does this happen? Are the spirits trying to tell me something? I was adopted as a child, my name is short for Elisabeth, I have worked in the Nursing field most of my life, I look like the picture upstairs, and twice that day ( the day we went to the mansion) we nearly crashed our car, once a sudden rain storm came up as we were turning a corner, and I lost visability, as two semi trucks were passing us, and another time some crazy lady ran us off the road even though we were alone on the road with her, except for one other car, we think she was drunk or day dreaming… I just think there are alot of similarities here, maybe we were suppossed to know or do something… Anyone who wants to see the message, and can maybe tell me how a number that does not exist can not only call me in the middle of the night, but add it’s own personal ringtone, and a picture from my own phone as it’s own message, and can add a message, then save itself to my contacts list as well… my God, please, I would love a better explanation than the one I am thinking of now…. I have saved the phone even though it is no longer in service, you are free to see it… please do!!!!!

Vicki says:

May 30, 2010, 12:04 am

I have no explanation but would be interested in seeing your picture because I volunteer at Glensheen and see the portrait to which you are referring all the time. If you want to put your email address here I will contact you.

Sarah says:

May 30, 2010, 12:08 am

I am gong there this summer what should i be looking for?

bob says:

June 7, 2010, 12:58 pm

i also have been to the house, when i saw the 2 spirts followed by a black guy that loooked like he was on steroids, i beleive he is the one who murdered the 2 others. & the reason you see candy is because he like rollo’s.. i heard this on the news when i was a young child i am now 21 & single living with my mommy, when i did have a girlfriend we went there just for fun and my girlfriend dumped me there to be with this elderly man. i was so ticked i decieded to go to the basement to relax a little i was mad, i was walking around and there was a ball that came rolling out of the closet this little girl followed and it came to my feet and i just looked ahead i saw a girl about 4years old just stairing at me like she wanted me to toss the ball to her so i did it went right threw her said she said thanks and than just dissaperaed so i was in a bit of shock because my ex girlfriend bleiveed in ghost but i dint till than, so i sat down on the stairs and rubbed my eyes i looked up and there was a women that had a sock stuffed in her mouth and rope aound her wrists and ankles sayng “help me” I think she was abused, by the blackman. im not racist but i think thats what happend. than i turned around cuz by than i was totally scared and i tried opening the basement door but it was stuck i was banging on it i couldnt get out so i went around the corner and there was like some kind of dinosaour it looked like but i think it was a dog and it looked at me and walked away, i looked like it was flying, by than ive seen everything i didnt wanna witness anymore i was terrifed then the light went out i looked at my watch and it was midnight ive been there for 7 in a half hours my ex left with an old man i seen everyone leave through the basement window but they didnt hear me scream so i finally gave up and just sat there waiting to get murdered by the blackman… then i seen that same little girl again she pointed at the wall like she wanted me to go throgh it but i didnt know there was a door she helped me out i gues you could say.. its been 4 years since & i now belelive in ghosts/demons and all that….

vgs says:

June 7, 2010, 2:43 pm

Oy vey. No black guy, no steroids, nothing like that.

I’m just shaking my head over that post……

Julie says:

June 28, 2010, 1:13 am

My husband and I were at the mansion today. They guides do not talk about the murders out of respect for the family. They only want to portray the history, beauty and construction of the home. I asked the guide why they don’t talk about the murders and she said that yes Elizabeth and her nurse were murdered, but they don’t want to portray the mansion as a haunted house or talk negatively about any of the family. She said we could purchase books (if we wanted to know about that) in the gift shop that is located in the old stables. We took the extended, full tour which is a little more expensive, but this is the only tour where they will take you up to the third floor and the attic. We also were taken to the lowest level (or basement). Although I am normally open to paranormal feelings and sightings, I did not experience any of that on our tour of this home. I had been told by a friend that you can still see blood stains in the wood and a couple of the steps where the wood is exposed. They cannot remove it, as once soaked into wood like that, you can’t get it completely out. My husband and I did in fact find two steps that looked like they had blood drops on them, and then on the landing, the base of the railing has dark stains that looks like it may have been blood running down in rivulets. From my understanding, reading two of the books, it was very bloody where the nurse was murdered. The books I purchased are: “Glensheen’s DAUGHTER – The Marjorie Congdon Story”, by Sharon Darby Hendry; and “Will to Murder – The True Sto0ry Behind The Crimes & Trials Surrounding The Glensheen Killings”, by Gail Feichtinger with John DeSanto & Gary Waller.

Vicki says:

June 28, 2010, 9:38 pm

So glad you enjoyed your tour! I have not been able to give tours in a few weeks because of scheduling conflicts and then laryngitis, but I really miss it. I would recommend reading “Glensheen’s Daughter” first to get the quicker version (more like a novel), and then reading “Will to Murder,” which is much more in depth and also includes the most up-to-date information about Marjorie. There is one error I caught in Glensheen’s Daughter. The author states that the girls (Marjorie and Jennifer) were raised with a yacht. In fact, the yacht was destroyed in an explosion at least 15 years before the girls were born. Minor point, but I thought I’d mention it.

Thank you for visiting Glensheen!

Kayla says:

July 8, 2010, 11:02 pm

actually it was her husband Roger Caldwell. not her fiance. and Elisabeth was suffocated with a pillow in her bedroom. and the nurse was hit in the back of her head by a candle holder on the stair case. and their adopted daughter was diagnosed as a sociopath at a young age. so i doubt it was Roger that killed them. i think it was the Daughter. Marjorie Mannoring Congdon.

Vicki says:

July 8, 2010, 11:10 pm

“i think it was the Daughter. Marjorie Mannoring Congdon.”

Marjorie was in Colorado at the time of the murders. She could not have actually killed her mother or the nurse.

Kate says:

July 14, 2010, 12:12 pm

I am super exciteed to visit hear!!
I really wanna see what i can find..yea i kno we cant ask but iwanna see what i can find..or feel, Possibly

Tracy says:

July 22, 2010, 7:58 pm

For those of us old enough to remember this at the time it was going on,one could see “why” it is not spoken about on the tours. A very sad way for such a giving family’s legacy to be remembered, yet in a twisted way it brings more people to the mansion and thus the rest of the family’s story is told. I have toured the mansion twice, most recently taking my kids this past March. They were fascinated with it. The grounds are beautiful. The attention to detail, in a day and age when life was difficult, was amazing. These were very well read people, the elite of Minnesota. My son and I are sensitive to spirits and such. We did not get anything from the house or grounds. Would love to spend a night there and see. The most haunting part of this mansion is that (in my opinion) a killer got away with murder. I would love for her trial to be in this day and age with today’s science. She has since had a long string of criminal charges, suspicions and convictions. A simple google search will show you that.

Vicki says:

July 23, 2010, 1:48 am

Very well said, Tracy!

Laura says:

July 27, 2010, 1:42 am

I visited Glensheen today after seeing an article earlier this spring in a local newspaper. While I forgot most of what the article said, I did remember that murders took place. I was curious to see the mansion and to see if I felt anything, as I, too, have had feelings from places and experienced what might be called unexplained events in my life. I didn’t want my knowledge of the murders to sway this. I have been in other “haunted” places and felt nothing, even though I spent the summer in a room that the whole town said was “haunted”. I had several feelings while on my tour today. When I first went in I was amazed by the luxury of the building! In various room there were directions I felt myself pulled, and the first was my the piano. My gaze kept getting pulled to the couch by the window. no reason why. I did feel a little creepy in the hallway, but that may have been due to the darkness of everything. The master bedroom was the first room where I felt anything extensive. I was looking about the room, noting the smaller size of the furniture and was overwhelmed with sadness. I couldn’t really explain it. As far as I have come to understand, that is not the room the murder took place in, yet I felt tears welling up in my eyes and did not know why. I felt a slight strangeness in the room that was the youngest child’s I think….with the bed tucked into a smaller area. The pink and green room was also odd, but certainly not pulling me emotionally like the master room. When I went outside I did find myself pulled to look back up to those windows, again not sure why. I was very uncomfortable in the basement, but it may have been to the musty smell. AS I was making my way to the exit through the laundry room I was alone and felt the need to get out quickly, but yet still do not understand any of this. The only major feeling I had was in the master bedroom. I’d like to do more research and see what it might mean or where the murders really did take place. I just got home a bit ago, and wanted to leave this comment after reading a few others. Any thoughts???

Vicki says:

July 27, 2010, 1:52 am

I gave a tour today (and expanded one, so you probably weren’t on my tour) and felt nothing out of the ordinary at all. When were you there? And, to my knowledge, the master bedroom has never had anything odd associated with it. Nothing has happened by the piano either, as far as I know. I will ask next week. The pink and green room is where one of the crimes occurred. The smaller bedroom you mentioned is where the nurse was staying that night, but she was not hurt or killed in that room. Btw, the basement does have a musty odor.

Vicki says:

July 27, 2010, 1:53 am

I meant to say, “AN expanded one”–not AND. Oops.

Laura says:

July 27, 2010, 2:27 am

Thanks for the input. Yeah, I’ve been reading other posts since I posted mine, and like I said, I’m not sure why I was drawn to certain spots. I just felt an energy pull. Mostly I was amazed at the craftsmanship of the house. My energy pull near the piano wasn’t negative, I just felt myself being drawn to it. The only strong negative feeling was in that master bedroom, again I do not know why. I was on the one hour tour, although after going on it would like to go back again someday and take the longer one.Oh- and I did feel creepy a a few other places, but I was not afraid…well, maybe a little on my way out? Thank you for your input. I’m sure you get tired of all the people talking about their experiences.I have had both positive and negative spiritual experiences and have just learned to be open to it. I think sometimes we are all a little curious about things we don’t fully understand :)

Vicki says:

July 27, 2010, 10:25 am

I don’t really get tired of it and have had two unusual experiences myself. However, as corny as it sounds, I now pray over the house before I enter it. That doesn’t necessarily affect anyone else, but it does for *me*. :-) If you can go there again, you should arrange for a private tour during the winter (November through April). We are only open on the weekends, but will do regular or expanded tours (during the week) for the same price as it would be in the summer if a person calls ahead and arranges it. It’s nice because we are not under as much of a time contraint as in the summer. You can request a docent by name if you want (like me!). If you have questions, you can email me if you want at oldcentralbooks1998 at (Use the normal email format–I don’t put it that way because it attracts spammers.)

laura says:

July 27, 2010, 10:00 pm

Thanks for the tip. We will see. The drive might be a bit more risky in the winter, but having a private tour would be nice. What kind of experiences have you had? Since we were not allowed to take photos I thought on my drove home that I wished I picked up a few postcards. So I know I’d like to come back again at some point. THere is so much to take in…

Vicki says:

July 28, 2010, 10:01 am

You can email me at the above email address if you want because I don’t care to speak about my experiences on a public forum.

How far did you drive to see it? Have you read the books about it? Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice did a TV special on the crime. I taped it and put it to a DVD (complete with commercials LOL). I send it to people for free if they are interested. If it doesn’t play on a DVD, it should play on the computer.

Claire says:

July 29, 2010, 8:37 pm

I went to the Gelensheen Mansion when I was about 10 years old. I was absolutly terrified the hole time. As we walked through the Mansion I felt many cool spots in different places. We were looking down at the basment stairs and I had heard a faint voice saying. Come here, come here. Sence I was young I blurted out “Did you hear that?” To the guide. She just laughed. Nobody else had heard the voice that I did. Then we continued on with the tour and as we entered the kitchen there was a glass bowl on the tabel and it slid of the tabel and shatterd to the ground. I juumped and screamed and everyone just stared at me. I was the only one there that had seen it all. I was so spooked for years!

Elizabeth says:

July 29, 2010, 8:43 pm

When I was about nine years old my family went and toured the Glensheen Mansion. My mom had warned me about how the Mansion was haunted and to not freak out at all. She knew what was coming. We walked through the house and it was very cold, then warm, ect. We went to Elizabeth’s room and I felt scared the minute the tour guide said who’s room it was. It was very weird knowing she had my name. I wondered if there was a ghost. I heard faint noises and I looked at my mom and she shook her head. I will never forget my experience at that mansion.

Patricia Anderson says:

August 2, 2010, 10:17 pm

My daughter was just married at the Mansion on the 23rd of July. I wasn’t in the Mansion long enough to participate in the tour that was offered with the wedding package. We were in a very small room getting ready for the wedding and was too caught up in everything to even look around. Although, the night before when we were rehearsing on the balcony, there was a real sadness that came over me when I looked up at the house. The glass in the windows seemed darker than most. I didn’t pay much attention to that but now I wonder what that was about?

al and beth says:

August 13, 2010, 9:09 pm

we just toured the mansion aug 8..a great tour if youve never been there..amazing woodwork and marble fireplaces…amazing house for those times…oh yeah…no ghosts…no cold air..nobody screaming…

aloha says:

August 23, 2010, 10:55 am

the reason people can’t tour the 3rd floor of the mansion is theres only 1 exit from up there.u need 2 exits in case of fire in tour guided places.I visited there when i was in high school & me & a few other people noticed a red stain on the floor of 1 of the bedrooms.and the next time we toured it was gone some people say something was spilled but u can’t take food or drink with u on the tour

Vicki says:

August 23, 2010, 1:56 pm

You CAN tour the 3rd floor, and have been able to for quite a while. I just came from giving an “expanded” tour, which includes all five floors of the house. We limit the amount of people who can be on the third floor (and attic), but it is definitely open. :-)

Lala says:

August 24, 2010, 12:53 am

Truthfully it was the adopted daughter’s ex husband who confessed to the murders after the false arrest of the girl and current (at the time) fiancee.

Vicki says:

August 24, 2010, 8:54 am

There is much, much, MUCH more to it than that. If anyone is really interested in the facts, I urge you to read “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion” (I believe it’s in the 3rd, 4th or 5th revision because of new information), and “Will to Murder” which is in it’s 4th edition for the same reason. Every time something new occurs, there has to be a new edition. The last editions were put out in 2009, so the story keeps unfolding.

Susan says:

August 24, 2010, 11:01 am

My husband and I were just on a tour there this past week (Aug. 2010) We were given a tour by Jennifer…she was wonderful…..the tour was full of information on a lovely and generous family. We didn’t hear about the murders until after the tour; from a shopkeeper in town. I’m so glad our visit wasn’t marred by those ugly stories.

Susan says:

August 24, 2010, 11:10 am

My husband and I visited the mansion this past week (Aug. 2010). We were given the tour by Jennifer….she was wonderful…..we heard about the murders after the tour from a shopkeeper in town. We were so glad we didn’t know about them before the tour. Instead, we were touched by the generosity and humility of this family. That’s what we’ll remember.

Carmen says:

August 25, 2010, 3:22 pm

I would LOVE to go see this place, not because of the murders (well.. yeah a part of it because of that) but because i’ve never been inside a HUGE place. I’ve lived in small homes my whole life. I was wondering what day is better to go, saturday, sunday, or monday (labor day). and if there is any sort of discounts i can get for the tour (like coupons to pick up around duluth area)

Vicki says:

August 25, 2010, 4:45 pm

There are various coupons around, and also in “Happenings” books. People sell the discount coupons from their Happening books on ebay–for cheap prices (or so I’ve seen). If you search “Glensheen” on ebay (search the “descriptions” part as well) sometimes you’ll find them. I believe there are also coupons in tourist sections of Duluth. You could call Glensheen and ask them directly. There is no way to tell if it will be busy or not, unfortunately, so there is no “better” time to go. I think weekends are busier, however. Also, during our winter hours you can call and sometimes you can get a private tour during the week when we are normally closed (you’ll pay the same price as a public tour, but you’ll be alone in the house with your guide). They can’t always do it, but if they can find a docent to lead the private tour, they will do that. YOU MUST CALL IN ADVANCE for that.

Susan says:

August 25, 2010, 5:39 pm

My husband and I went in the morning….our tour was at 9:10 a.m. The next day, we drove by there and it was around lunchtime. There was a long line of cars waiting to get in to park. You may want to take a morning tour, Carmen….:)

Betty says:

August 30, 2010, 7:18 pm

my girlfriends and I toured the mansion ,,it was great and we loved it ..the house itself is unreal beautiful they were way ahead of their time in so many ways..the showers and the dryer in the kitchen…both the inside and outside showed grace and beauty …timeless beauty.. if you are anywhere near here stop and visit you will not regret it..

Tom says:

September 9, 2010, 6:03 pm

Hey i want to take a group of friends to this place this year how do i sign up to do that and how much is it per person?

Vicki says:

September 9, 2010, 11:18 pm

Please contact them for prices. :-) I don’t know prices off the top of my head–I only give the tours (I don’t sell the tickets). Tell them you want a group rate. I’d love to take you around if you come to the mansion.

Jill N says:

September 14, 2010, 12:45 am

We took the expanded tour today (which includes the attic). Our tour guide was a lady who lived in Duluth her whole life and had some personal ties to the home. Her name is Janis and she was AMAZING! Request her if you can!! I knew about the murders, researched them, and I (shamefully admit) that I was hoping to experience something paranormal, but we did not. The house feels sad and empty, but Elizabeth was a generous donor. The tour is highly recommended, but don’t expect to see any ghosts :)

susan says:

September 14, 2010, 10:23 am

Jill N.,

I felt the sadness too…..

Did you happen to see the lampshade in the den? When it’s turned on, you can see Paris lit up……so cool……

Vicki says:

September 14, 2010, 10:30 am

The inside or the lamp is all black (a black material) except for the cutouts of the windows and lamps. When you turn it on, the light comes through the windows. Definitely unique.

It’s actually in the living room (the ‘red’ room). L)

Vicki says:

September 14, 2010, 12:05 pm

Jill N–you were on the tour right after the one I gave. Janis is a sweetheart and I am SO glad you enjoyed your tour. I will tell her!

Blake says:

September 17, 2010, 8:45 pm

All you people who believe that this mansion is haunted simply because you feel cold in some areas. You do realize this is a 102 year old building right? Also how many of you knew about the murders prior to going there? probably most of you. So in reality it’s more likely that you were convincing yourself of something that wasn’t really there, based on pre-conceptions.

Vicki says:

September 17, 2010, 9:08 pm

Ha ha, Blake. I can’t tell you how many people come on my tours hoping to see or feel something. I tell them up front, “Not on *my* tour!” And SO many people think that the portrait of the girl with the cat is haunted because her eyes “move.” It’s simply the mark of a good artist–not a scary painting.

Dawn says:

September 21, 2010, 1:04 am

There are some people who are much more attuned to their psychic senses than others. Just as some people need eye glasses, and some people need hearing aids, and some pople need devices to assist them with mobility issues – this doesn’t mean that people who have perfect vision, acute hearing, or are in “perfect health” are weird

Alissa says:

September 22, 2010, 1:50 pm

Well first I want to tell everyone about my first experience @ the mansion. I always heard it was haunted and that some weird things have happened there. I went there not expecting anything to happen and nothing did happen until they said something about the murders. I was on the tour with my mom, grandma, her friend, and a couple from another country (who didn’t know about the murders). When the lady from the other country asked what ever happened to the daughter the tour guide asked her if they heard about the murders and they were like “what!” then the tour guide gave them a rundown of what had happened and down the hall we heard a loud BANG! like something dropped. There were no other tours around because you’d be able to hear people walking or talking but there was nothing, I don’t know if it was a spirit or whatever but it was weird!

Then when the tour was done and you could walk around downstairs I was walking by myself and I walked past a door and it creaked open, there was no wind or breeze or anyone around, it was really strange.

But anyway! We’re going back on the 2nd of October to bring my brother, my bestfriend and her boyfriend…it is a wonderful mansion with tons of interesting history and I’m so excited to return!

VGS-Do you know of a tour guide named Amanda? Younger girl w/ blonde hair? She gave us our tour last year and she was wonderful! Hopefully this next time we get another knowledgeable guide, will you be there that day?

Vicki says:

September 22, 2010, 5:02 pm

I’m VGS (Vicki) and there have been a few Amandas who have worked there. I’m glad you enjoyed your Amanda. :) I usually work during the week until we do winter hours, so I won’t be there on October 2. I’m really glad you had a good time. I hope you can find some discount coupopns. You might try to find some online. Are you local?

Alissa says:

September 22, 2010, 10:59 pm

Nope, not local…but not too far from there. We are from Stacy, MN…probably about 2 hours south of Duluth.

So excited to return to Glensheen though, I couldn’t quit thinking/talking about it for a week! There is so much to know about that house, I don’t think going there once is enough. I’m really excited to bring people there for the first time!

We are staying @ the Blackbear Casino Friday and Saturday night but planning on spending Saturday exploring Duluth (cross your fingers for nice weather). Are there any other place you recommend going?

Vicki says:

September 23, 2010, 4:57 pm

I know Stacy–my daughter played hockey and played against Chisago which is near Stacy, isn’t it?

Places to go–Enger Tower. Not very pretty, but it’s an old tower given to us by the Crown Prince of Norway in the 1930’s I think. It offers the best view of the city (free!). Hopefully you can get directions to it or find it on googlemaps. It’s right in Duluth.========================

The fall foliage is gorgeous now, even in the rain. This should be a big weekend for tourists because of the colors. You might think about going up towards Two Harbors on the scenic route. When you leave Glensheen, turn right, and go up about 15-20 minutes. It’s SO beautiful with the colors and the shore. I just hope the leaves are still on the trees! There’s also a great place to eat called the New Scenic Cafe, which is before Two Harbors on that scenic road. I haven’t eaten there in years, but everyone tells me it’s still really good. Welcome back!

Melissa says:

September 27, 2010, 10:04 pm

I’ve been on the tour a half a dozen times and have not encountered anything other than a beautiful and gracious old home which, the last time I was there, desperately needed some funding for repairs. The grounds are lovely, and the breakfast room is a place I would gladly start my day in. The murders were a tragic part in the history of the family; however they are not why the house has been donated to the U and opened to the public.

Vicki says:

September 27, 2010, 11:13 pm

I gave tours yesterday and today. The roof on the garage is being replaced, but I’m not sure what is “desperately needed” in the house!

Kim says:

October 10, 2010, 11:48 am

My husband and I toured the manison on Sept 30,2010 without any knowledge of the murders. I have to say that I am so glad that I did not know what happened there before we went, that way we could take in the true beauty of the home and the history of the family with an open mind. The way this home wqas construted and the craftsmanship that went into eery detail. It truly is something to see, with open eyes. We are planninga another visit durring the holidays. I can’t wait. I also, like alot of you, purchased the books from the gift shop after out tour and yes I have read them. It truly is sad what happened there. But I can only thank the Congdon Family for their genorosity to the people of MN.

Kim says:

October 10, 2010, 11:51 am

PS. By the way our tour guide, who I am so sorry I can’t remeber her name was fantastic!!! She was so knowledgeable and excited to teach us about the home, she also was very respectful to the COngden Family and never spoke o the murders, She was absolutly fantastic!!!!!

Andria says:

October 25, 2010, 1:27 pm

blake and other people that don’t believe this stuff-
people that study parnormal activties say that adults don’t believe this stuff because they close their mind to it. that’s why children can “sense” things and see things adults may not. so stop saying it isn’t haunted.

maddy says:

October 27, 2010, 10:38 pm

The House is haunted Mrs. Condon and Velma her nurse were killed! the maid left the house and locked the door. later on the adopted daughters husband snuck into the house and velma tried to stop her but he hit her on the head with a candle stick! her body flew off the banaster and landed on the bottom of the main staircase. Then he went into Mrs. Condon’s room that she was staying in because sense she was sick she did not sleep in her room. He suffacated her with a pillow. He took allot of her jewlery and left. Many people belive the doll in the room were Mrs. condon was killed is alive the doll apparently walks around when the moon is out. i read all the books on this and i love visiting the house. i used to got to condon park elementry school and that place was also haunted because you can hear screaming and moaning when your in the girls bathroom.

vgs says:

October 27, 2010, 11:49 pm

The doll is not haunted. Several years ago some of the housekeeping workers would move her between tours just to surprise us, the docents, but the doll is fine. There is no screaming and moaning in the bedroom unless a guest wants to try and scare someone.

JJNN says:

October 29, 2010, 6:51 pm

I went to the glensheen for a school fieldtrip and my friend and I were standing right where Elizabeth’s maid was murdered and we felt something pushing on our backs and also something touched my friends ponytail and nothing was behind her. also I could hear dishes clanking in the butler room and the kitchen.

JJNN says:

October 29, 2010, 6:55 pm

I was at the glensheen on a fieldtrip with my school. My friend and I were standing where elizabeth’s maid died and we felt somebody saying something like HELP! we got so scared. then we heard it again. so we moved a couple feet away. then something touched my friends ponytail. then somebody pushed on our backs. but there was nothing behind us. FREAKY!!!!!!!!!

Cindy says:

November 1, 2010, 11:19 am

I have visited Glensheen several times and am always very impressed with it’s regal beauty. It truly is experiencing a different era. My favorite is the breakfast room with it’s stained glass oak leaves with green and brown tones. I hope people don’t just go to feel ghost energy. It is there, but the real gift is the place itself and how it has been preserved and presented by staff.

tandra says:

December 29, 2010, 4:26 pm

When i was in the Glensheen i was in the kitchen and i looked out the window and saw a lady in a black and white dress.Later on the tour i had to go to the bathroom so i went in there and i sawthe same lady in white all she said was help me i started screaming than she dissapeared.It was the wierdest thing on earth.

Jackie says:

January 1, 2011, 8:46 pm

I visited Glensheen for the first time in 1984. I was I senior in high school at the time and remembered when the murderes occurred, even though I was young. (My hair stylist at the time used to style Ron Meshbesher’s hair and was introduced to Marjorie and Roger Caldwell at a party that the attorney threw – he said that Marg and Roger was VERY weird!). Anyway, at that time, the guides were not allowed to discuss the murders, they would only refer to it as “the tragedy” and would discuss it no further. But when we got to the second floor landing, I knew right away, could just feel something bad had happened there. We proceeded further up and directly to the right on the corner is a bedroom. When we went in there, I just stood there for the longest time, and again I could just tell that this was Elizabeth’s room. Across the hall is a bathroom and I felt creepy in there as well. Later, I found this book called Secrets of the Mansion which outline where everything occurred and sure enough, I had all the locations correct. I also worked with a woman who told me that Velma Pietela was her aunt’s godmother. I also found out that when they located the nurse, she was in pretty bad shape and had put up a really good fight before she died. But I do believe there is something residual about the mansion, especially the locations of the murders. How else would I have known about those locations? No one knew – the guides wouldn’t say and I didn’t know anyone else who had seen the mansion before.

jamie says:

February 16, 2011, 8:57 pm

when i went back in o7 with some of my friends they talked about the murder it was really interesting

Patti says:

February 23, 2011, 2:24 pm

I have been to the mansion 3 times. I have never seen anything, but that does not make me an unbeliever. I did however feel saddened by the events that took place there. I have had experiences other places where I have lived and worked that have scared me, and others that have comforted me. Until it happens to you…then you don’t know how that other person was feeling. My husband hasnt had any exoeriences, so I’m off my rocker to him, but my 4 year old daughter at the time, and myself, had an experience that I think was my deceased mother coming to us both. I was laying in my bed and got a scent of my mothers perfume. I thought, weird, but kind of cool in a way. I then felt like my hair was being moved (just slightly enough to make me think I was laying on it) so I pulled my hair out from under my head and layed it back on my pillow. I started to feel it again and and knew this time that it was not in my head…my hair was being gently stroked. I didnt feel scared, it was comforting. Comforting because my mother would always stroke our hair when she kissed us goodnight. The next morning, my 4 year old daughter was telling me that a firey haired lady woke her up and wanted to hug her and talk to her. My mother had red hair, and wore it up, kind of like a beehive. I thought that was cool. I think my mother was coming to “visit me and my kids. I had a scary experience at my current job happen to both me and my best friend as we were working one night. We were cleaning the bar after it closed one night, and I was mopping the mats. I saw a black mist float across the back door of the bar by the cooler. It wasnt shaped into a human…just looked like a black misty cloud. I thought, “did I really just see that?” I was shaking. My friend walked over to me and I jumped because I was still shocked at what I saw. She looked at me funny and asked me what was wrong,so I told her. I got an even funnier look from her after telling her, and she just went back to her cleaning. About 2 minutes after that, I was mopping the bathroom floor and I felt a cold chill all around me…ALL my hair sttod up. My friend asked me, “did you just say something?” I said No, why? She said she heard someone right by her ear say “HELLO”, and said when she heard that looked up and around her and saw noone. I of course too off out of the bathroom and went up by her and she said that when she heard that…every hair on her body stood up. This was the same time I felt a cold chill. Kind of freaky if you ask me…and weird at that. There have been other people that have seen black mists floating across the back door while being in the bar. So, my point is…just because you havent seen anything, doesnt mean theres no such thing. Spirits have different ways of making you notice them…could be by sight, or sound, or a feeling you get.

melanie says:

March 12, 2011, 3:09 pm

My family and I have been on a few tours through Glensheen and we have not experienced any of these things,though not to say they don’t happen. we truly enjoyed our tour and would do it again! The mansion was beautiful as where the grounds surrouding the place.

WiccaMom says:

March 14, 2011, 10:24 am

I know one of the detectives who worked on this case and he subsequently went on to write a book about the murders. Being the head detective on the case, he had pictures of Elizabeth and the nurse as they were found. It was very sad.I’ve been to the Glensheen mansion and never had any experiences but that doesn’t mean the house isn’t haunted. It’d be nice if a real paranormal team could investigate it though.

dylandra says:

March 19, 2011, 9:31 pm

I was in the mansion and had to take a wizz but the wierdest thing i took a poop to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and then a ghosty and sniffed my pooh and pucked i sniffed it… it didnt smell that bad and the ghost you put back to death. so i said it isnt that bad!!!! and i took a bite of it. and then the ghost said yur mama so fat that when she took a picture of her self last christmas its still printing!! and i said your mama so fat that she dont need internet shes already world wide.. lol right then the ghosty ran away crying… and ran through the wall and took a poop. this is not a joke

Becky says:

March 20, 2011, 10:55 pm

We went to visit the beautiful mansion on 3/6/11. We did know the mansion had a tragic history, but were intrigued more by the historic aspects of the HOME and of the family.
The home itself is AMAZING….so ahead of its time! My husband & I will definately be going back to do the extended tour. We did not have any ghostly experiences, not that we expect to on our return visit. How sad that such a tragic event has had to take place.
We are so lucky to have such a treasure in our state!

mikaylee says:

May 31, 2011, 8:38 am

well i know the story even though I am only 10 years old the boyfriend did not do it but he was accused so he went in jail for 5 years and then mysterisly got found dead then the girl was accused of the killing of her boyfriend,step mom,and the step moms nurse so she got 15 years but it wasnt her either so nobody knows who the killer is to this very day

Love duluth says:

June 15, 2011, 1:23 pm

I went to the mansion for my birthday a couple years back and when I was with one if the guides the piano started playing by itself and that gave me the chills but the guide said it happends all the time.

Sherri says:

July 8, 2011, 11:18 am

My husband and I visited the mansion on 7/4/2011. It was really hot and honestly I just wanted the tour to be over with. I wasn’t expecting anything because I guess I just didn’t believe that it was haunted. In a room on the second floor I smelled urine that just seemed to come and go. I didn’t really think much of it, but I did think it was odd. In every other room everything seemed normal. Then when we got to the basement I smelled urine again. My husband came up to me and said he smelled urine too. Everyone was exiting and it seemed to be coming from an area where furniture once was. I guess they removed the furniture for weddings I think. They had pictures of the furniture hanging up on the wall where it once was.

kayla says:

July 15, 2011, 1:52 pm

i wuz there and i alll of the suddden felt soooooo sad and depressed then it gogt like super cold on the stairs in the middle of july and when we went down the stairs i heard footsteps coming down the hallway that stoped at our door then i saw an old woman that was all white I screamed and she dissapeared

Robin says:

July 18, 2011, 10:13 pm

My adult daughter went there. I had not known the history and neither did she until after we got out. When standing at the bottom of the staircase, my daughter became light headed,and said she felt faint. I had the same reaction when in the bathroom on the second floor. There is something not right about that place, and I have no plans of ever going back.

Kelly says:

August 2, 2011, 12:53 am

The top floor is not safe because there is only on exit/entrance to that floor so it is not up to code. If you’re going to take tours of people up there, they need to build a fire exit. That’s all.

dylands says:

August 5, 2011, 6:17 pm

all yalls ghostly stories are fake mine is realler than all yalls read mine its under the same name as this one

dylandra says:

August 5, 2011, 6:19 pm

acctully the one oboe this post was spelled wrong my real name in DYLANDRA read mine cuz its realler than all yalls

mkayla:P says:

August 5, 2011, 6:20 pm

ok so ther was this ghost…and i heard screaming so like anyone would do i put a bag over my head for protection. so the ghost came up and looked at me leaned in to take the bag off and i couldnt breathe the bag wast helping the ghost took over my breath so i kicked him and the ghost took over my dads body so was like my father was trying to kill me!!!!!!!! and then the ghost was smart enough to get the prtection bag off my head!!! and then i could breathe!!!!! then i got another bag put it back on and couldnt breathe then i juat fell asleep for along time like 200 years or so now im very happy in the mansion i live in. people dont realy like me though i wonder why..
love the deathly hollows

Bruce Miller says:

August 16, 2011, 10:57 am

I was once on a tour of the Glensheen Mansion and when I was on the second floor I felt a cold sensation on my back. When I touched my back a spirit pulled my pants down. Very eerie and I will never go back. Thank God I was wearing underwear

natasha says:

August 18, 2011, 2:13 am

you guys are all full of bs!, like really about the pooping and pulling the pants down and almost dieing really grow up. this is a real thing not a joke.

Patti says:

August 18, 2011, 10:14 pm

Well, all I know is the place fascinates me. Its architecture is beautiful, gold walls, woodwork, antiques, gorgeous. I think if you are open to paranormal experiences… you will receive them. If not, then just enjoy the view. Either way it’s a neat place to go and Duluth is so full of history. The Mansion is like frosting on the cake.

liv says:

August 20, 2011, 3:01 pm

Honestly, I think the Glensheen mansion is haunted. I was visiting Duluth with my mom and we decided to go on a tour and in Elisabeth’s bedroom (the room she was murdered in) I had chills down my back and I heard creaking, but the tour guide said the floor was a foot thick with cement witch is why it doesn’t creek. And by the stair landing (where the maid was murdered) I had heard footsteps that did not sound heavy enough to be a mans feet but that could’ve maybe been anything but I truly believe this place is haunted

dylandra says:

August 28, 2011, 2:52 pm

ok natasha you need to get a ******* life because i bet when you were a kid if they had internet you probly would have thought this was funny as hell so just let the kids have fun if the creator of the site doesn’t like it he will erase it. and also its not your place to to tell us whats real and not so just shut the hell up! thank you :) have fun kids.

Kelsi says:

September 16, 2011, 2:40 pm

I am a big Glensheen fan and have gone on the tour multiple times…I’ve taken the ‘extended tour’ which allows you to go to the upstairs area…It is very cool…before going on one of my tours I read the book about the murders and in the book it says that on the stairs leading up to the 3rd floor there is a blood stain from where the nurse maid was murdered…and while walking on our tour I did notice a dark stain on the same flight on stairs…so that is pretty cool I think!!….but as far as a ‘presence’ or anything that has NOT happened to me…but i guess I can’t say it hasn’t for otheres =)

vgs says:

September 19, 2011, 1:08 am

“The top floor is not safe because there is only on exit/entrance to that floor so it is not up to code. If youâ??re going to take tours of people up there, they need to build a fire exit. Thatâ??s all.”

I am a docent/tour guide there. If it was not considered safe and inspected by the fire dept we couldn’t take people on tours there. We are only allowed to take a certain number of people on that floor, but I have given tons of tours up there, and we definitely comply with the fire code. If it was illegal, we certainly wouldn’t be advertising it and taking people on the tour!

Lisa says:

October 13, 2011, 6:33 pm

I once lived in a home that was occupied by at least one spirit so I know what it feels like when there’s an actual presence. I’ve visited the Glensheen Mansion several times and in my opinion there are no ghosts in the home. Because safety standards have been met, we were allowed to tour the entire home from the basement to the rafters of the attic. Not once did I feel a twinge of uneasiness or sense the presence of a spirit — and I knew exactly where the murders/deaths occurred. There is a sense of history and the passage of time but that is it. The style and decor of the home combined with the tragic murders are perfect fuel for the imagination, but Elizabeth and her nurse are not there.

WatchWitch says:

October 19, 2011, 8:01 pm

Had an experience on the second floor landing of the Glensheen Mansion. Became dizzy and felt as though i would pass out, also felt a cold chill in the area. I wanted to go to the restroom because i felt so sick, but was so disturbed that i left the tour altogether. It is a gorgeous mansion but i believe it could definately be haunted by spirits!

Stephanie says:

October 20, 2011, 9:27 am

We were there on a tour four years ago. We took the expanded tour from the attic to the basement. The house is so completely intact with it’s contents that it feels like you’re walking through someones home. As to having a sense of anything there, I got the feeling of it being a warm and happy home. It is truly beautiful. If it’s absorbed anything over the years it’s the warmth and love of the people who have lived there. The many visitors help to keep this feeling in the house.

Sarah says:

October 24, 2011, 12:50 pm

We toured Glensheen on Oct. 9, 2011 (Sunday) and had a wonderful female tour guide. We were warned by my younger brother that there is one tour guide who is extremely annoying, we are not sure of his name, but he makes an extreme effort to sound flamboyant and English. Sure enough as we were walking up to the “Tours start here” carriage house we could hear him beginning a tour – and thank goodness he was NOT out tour guide, his voice is very annoying and he should be removed as a guide as he is that much of a distraction. So my fiance and I waited and our tour guide was wonderful – The only complaint I have is that our tour group was so large – it was really hard to fit anyone into any of the rooms. I would have loved to take a private tour – and wish that they would offer a private tour (meaning no more than whomever you choose to bring in your own group) — my fiance and I would have loved to have it just be us and the tour guide – to gather more information and to actually get to see each room throughly. I am very in tune with spirits and while in certain locations in the home I could feel a presense, but nothing threatening – prior to the tour I promised my fiance I would try to pin point when I felt anything – not knowing where the murders took place. So I told him, when we got home from our vacation from Duluth – he looked up actual information of the murders and told me I was exactly accurate on which 3 locations in the home have a spiritual presense. The thing most people don’t understand is that Elisabeth Congdon was NOT murdered in her “original room” that she usually stayed in, she was murdered in the room at the end of the 2nd floor hall nearest the elevator (by the staircase) because she had had a stroke they moved Elisabeth to that room, in case they needed to get her to the main floor easily. I did not know this prior to the tour, I just can feel it. Little did I know I was right, which in turn proved to me my ability to sense spirits. It is definitly worth going on the tour – and with the right guide ( have a female guide!) the grounds are lovely. I have many pictures of the outside, one of which has a figure in a window… it is rather eerie. No joke! It’s amazing what a D-SLR professional camera will pick up (from the 2nd floor window of Elisabeth’s last resting place). I have since ordered 2 books – because I know need to know more to get insight into my psychic abilities – my fiance is astounded by this ability and frankly so am I. In case a guide is reading this : You know the male tour guide I am talking about – he is terrible. And private tours would be awesome! We would pay as much as $75 (for only 2 people) for a private tour. The mansion could make more money this way – just an idea. Even if you only did it on certain days. Thanks.

Holly says:

October 28, 2011, 7:34 pm

I have visited the Glensheen mansion. I did not know about the murders prior to visiting. While there I took a tour that took us through a blue and white bedroom that was connected to a huge bathroom. While in this bedroom I felt as if I was suffocating. I didn’t tell anyone on the tour about this and just hoped the tour would move along quickly. We next went directly into the bathroom from the bedroom and I still had a creepy feeling while in there also. I did not feel better until I was back out in the hall. I later told my mom about what had happened and she told me about the murders. I have not been back since. Too creepy for me

Sonja Van Leeuwe says:

November 22, 2011, 5:14 am

I took the extended tour of the Glensheen Mansion this past summer which included the basement and attic. I did not notice anything unusual during the tour.

Sonja Van Leeuwe says:

November 22, 2011, 5:16 am

I took the extended tour of the Glensheen Mansion this past summer which included the basement and attic. I did not notice anything ununsual during my visit.

Nate says:

December 4, 2011, 9:37 pm

My wife and I toured the mansion today. What a great time! A wonderful piece of American history. I look forward to touring it again sometime.

Libby says:

December 12, 2011, 7:09 pm

How was the guy crazed? Was he on drugs?

Deb Easterling says:

December 17, 2011, 10:06 am

I used to work at Glensheen. I also used to work at Fairlawn in Superior. Now that is an eerie place. Nothing eerie ever happened (to me) at Glensheen.

The attic had been closed because there are not adequate exits, should a fire or something break out. Has nothing to do with the Congdon murders. It’s open now.

Every old house has someone claims to “feel” cold spots, hear noices, etc. Both Elizabeth and her nurse are in a much better place than that old house.

Anna says:

December 17, 2011, 4:18 pm

Dear mikayla And Dylandra, i would like to congradualte you for being creative… natasha has no right tell you what to do or what to beileve so good job, so have a very happy and creative lives:)

Colten says:

December 26, 2011, 5:00 pm

I actually took a tour of this mansion last summer. The father was murdered as well and I believe the maid was to. Obviously due to respect of the family, they can’t tell you details so I got the book. I haven’t read it yet but I’m going to.

Amanda says:

January 19, 2012, 11:54 am

I visited the Glensheen Mansion on 8-28-11 and the staff never mentioned the murder that accured there. They also didn’t mention the blood stain on the walls and the stairs which we had to walk up. The whole time I had an eery feeling and felt cold in some rooms. It is a magnificent house but that was very creepy. I have no doubt that the Glensheen Mansion is haunted.

clara says:

February 15, 2012, 3:22 am

I visited the mansion today and although I want to believe everyone’s stories and I feel each person has their own experiences and I never want to undermined them however, the mansion is booked for weddings almost all year long and is it occupied by many workers and people that truly adore it. I looked at the mansion as a venue and the murder was mentioned the room was pointed out and although the mansion has some level of being a little eerie doesn’t mean that its haunted and all things with history are, to some degree, eerie. It’s completely worth the visit they have had years and year and years of weddings there including those in the Congdon family and it amazing…. weird sure. Is the story sad of course! Are good memories and stories from there? Yes!

Bruce Miller says:

May 18, 2012, 2:34 pm

Natasha, please do not make light of my traumatic experience at this mansion. I had my pants pulled down in front of a group of people by a ghost. If the same had happened to you I do not think you would be laughing.

Adri says:

March 20, 2013, 11:32 pm

I recently went to the mansion for a company dinner party during the night, and for a tour. Just so you know, the tour guy never mention the murders, how it happened or where. The mansion is fantastic, and creppy at the same time, a lot of history in every room, but what caught my attention was at Elizabeth’s room on the second floor there was a different kind of smell, very different from the other parts of the mansion. I mention that to the tour guy and he smiled and said “this room is made with a different type of wood than the other rooms”. Then we went to see the ladies guest rooms where there was a lot of interesting details regarding the family and how welcoming they where. I asked the tour guy if we where going to see the third floor and he said that is not open for public at the moment and then we heard a LOUD noise n the third floor and I asked him if one of the crew members upstairs, and he said “no, no one is upstairs” He attempted to look, but he looked a little surprised and scared.

albi says:

April 18, 2013, 7:11 pm

this is fake!

anna says:

May 27, 2013, 9:52 pm

i.m going there on a field trip omygosh it seems so scary I thought the daughter stabbed the maid and the daughter walked to her mothers room and stabbed her a couple times in the back shaun would you tell me the real story because my teacher said that the guid will not tell us the story thxs

Karen says:

November 1, 2013, 1:03 pm

Our link is on Facebook to our website…Have you ever considered a Paranormal Investigation at your Mansion? I would love to do one there… I would be VERY respectful of your home..Karen

mary says:

July 29, 2014, 9:37 pm

i was there about 1 year ago and they let you on all the floors now and i got a little cold on the 2nd floor in elizibiths bed room my aunt and grandma use to work there and has told me maltable things ike one time when my grandma was working there a laddy asked a another laddy if her dauter was in the hallway cas she saa a little girl in the hallway but her dauther was sitting right next to her

candice says:

September 23, 2014, 12:31 pm

My husband and I came and visited the mansion for our honeymoon a few weeks ago. The house is absolutely beautiful! I didn’t experience and any strange happenings but I wasn’t planning to. I don’t know if it was that the home felt staged or if it was just surreal being in the home but it just felt like another big beautiful hkme. Don’t get me wrong it was super incredible.. Although the doll in Elizabeths room gave me the willys.. As did it everyone else on the tour (Sorry I asked because the reason the tour guide didn’t mention it us because the hair and eyelashes are real and it scares him too!) Our tour guide also did not mention the murders but out of obvious curiosity we did inquire about them at the end when he asked if we had any questions. . Turns out Marjorie has since visited the mansion since it’s become a museum.. she was touching things and was told not to and after she advised the tour guide “why, they are my moms. ” she was escorted out of the mansion and has not been back. All in all the place is lovely and I would recommend the tour :)

Sarah Honer says:

June 8, 2015, 8:54 am

It’s no surprise most people view haunting as a perception.. actually places r unlikely to be haunted it’s people that r spooked by things they cannot explain. In reality other dimensions of life have always been supposed and searched for. The most interesting thing about glensheen. Is the absence of reference to the people and natural causes of death of guests children and hired help. No mansion has that much labor and specific pieces without a share of history associated with each piece the life and death if the companies and owners alike. Aside from morbid curiosity….the real story is how come the house is not occupied by any relatives? Riches to rags story no doubt. Interesting none of the realities can afford to live in the home. One built like that is safer than a bomb shelter. So why donate it to a museum? . Simply couldn’t afford it. And the gastly tale is enough to discourage family from residing in it..yet most people prefer to keep their valuables in spite of scandals and publicity. The saddest thing is it would make a great orphage or retirement home and still retain it’s historical value. Museums r some of the most valuable features in social history but twin purpose like holding wedding or events make it even better. But there is so much more awe and interesting history even among the murder. Some ungrateful children often abuse the parents. Without escalating to murder. And oh the stories we could here if walls could talk.

Lynn Torney says:

July 3, 2015, 3:07 pm

I love visiting the Glensheen Mansion and have been visiting it for many years. I kept a scrapbook of the newspaper articles on the unfortunate murders back in 1977. What is so wonderful are all the family photos, customized room furnishings, and the guided narrations about family history. This mansion is a true treasure. Not focusing on the unfortunate piece of history is the correct way to honor the Glensheen Mansion. It is a wholesome family tourist experience. Creepy feelings spoken of in above posts may have been fabricated to sensationalize their visits. There are lots of books about the 1977 crime for those who want to know more. I have read them all. I’ve been on all the tours to all the corners of the mansion and have loved every minute. It is a true glimpse of our Minnesota history and it is to be cherished. Have fun touring the Glensheen Mansion.

riley says:

March 25, 2016, 11:20 pm

I just went to this manshion today and we were the only group being toured in
the house when we were in the basement and i was still looking at the the stuff and i heard FOOTSTEPS COMING FROM MARJORIES ROOM!! so i ran to the bathroom and heard the stall open.

Mel may says:

June 4, 2016, 11:13 pm

Went to the mansion today beautiful home. It’s old and meant for a big family after hearing about the congdon family it’s no wonder it’s lonely without the family in it. I loved the tour. It’s not haunted it’s just empty without the family that built it all and lived their lives in it

Matthew Peters says:

December 11, 2016, 10:32 pm

I took the Classic tour 12/09/2017 which last about an hour, Matt which is an english major at the U of Mn was out tour guide, Matt was very good tour guide threw out the house. Please do the tour of this house you won’t regret it.

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