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James J. Hill House - "NOOKS AND CRANNIES" Tour #2 Added

The wait list for the Oct. 9th tour was getting longer every day, so the logical thing to do was to schedule a second date.  I hope that all those who were on the wait list will be able to make this date.

James J. Hill is one of the most (im)famous names in Minnesota's history. Most notably for his mansion and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Many of us have toured the mansion before, but you really haven't seen all there is to see, the "Nooks and Crannies" tour takes us to the areas that are not included in the regular tour. Let me say right off the bat that this tour will fill up fast, so sign up now if you plan to come.  I have been asked to limit this tour to 40 people. There is an $8.00 per person charge for the tour plus a voluntary $2.00 donation for Meetup expenses. I will collect the fee at the mansion and will make one payment for the group.

Explore the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this 90-minute "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view the coal storage area and take a tour of the gate house overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. The interior of  mansion has some special features that are very unique. The wood decor is beautifully crafted and the art collection is wonderful.  One feature that amazes visitors is a pipe organ that if we're lucky, we'll be able to hear. Photos are permitted but they do not allow a flash to be used.

There are a lot of stairs on this tour but there is an elevator, so keep that in mind, I'll take them slowly. Send a search party if I go missing!

If there is something going on at the Cathedral, parking could be a bit of a hassle, it might be a good idea to allow for a little extra time for parking.

Our after tour get together will be at Dixies on Grand, 695 Grand Ave. [masked].  I'm making reservations for 2:30.  They have good food and they can handle a large group.  Last time we just dropped in and they accommodated  us very nicely and we all appreciated the friendly service. I like to give them our support.  http://www.dixiesongrand.com/menus.php?mID=2

If you can't make it to the Hill House, please feel free to join us for lunch. 


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  • Ron

    Fun and Interesting Tour

    November 17, 2011

  • Becky L.

    Very interesting and the guide was very knowledgeable

    November 14, 2011

  • Linda B.

    Every time I do a tour at the J.J. Hill house I learn something new and this time was no exception. Our tour was very interesting and our group was enthusiastic as usual. Good time at Dixies's too.

    November 14, 2011

  • Natalie

    I love looking behind-the-scenes, and this tour fit the bill. Our tour guide, Peggy, was very knowledgeable and brought to life what it was like to live in the Hill house back in the day. And of course, thanks go to Linda for organizing yet another fun and fascinating tour!

    November 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    LOVED it! What a fascinating tour and experience! The luxurious mansion and history of James Hill is interesting in it self..but seeing the "NOOKS AND CRANNIES" was like seeing behind the scenes of the "making of" of a movie! The tour guide was fantastic -we heard some interesting stories and got to actually see ourselves living at Hills house during their time and what life was back them for them from both the Hills point of view, and the grand support staff they must have had.

    November 13, 2011

  • Rebecca____A

    Dixie's is a great choice.

    November 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooops! my telephone[masked]

    November 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone! If anyone would be willing to give me transportation to this meetup please call me. I live off 36 and Dale in Roseville. thanks!

    November 6, 2011

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