A mere two-block walk north of downtown Rochester, Minnesota brings visitors to Heritage House Victorian Museum, which offers the opportunity to see how life was lived in the 1800s. This Italianate-style home was built in 1875 for Timothy and Eliza Whiting.
In 1883, the home miraculously survived a powerful tornado that laid waste to the greater part of the city. A century later it was threatened once again.
The house was empty and in line for demolition when it was saved by Louise Hill, a Rochester citizen passionate about rescuing old houses. In 1972, it was relocated to its current place of honor in Central Park. Authentically restored and decorated with period Victorian antiques, the home is dedicated to the preservation of Rochester's early heritage.
Trained docents lead tours during the months of June, July, and August. The house is air-conditioned.
To arrange for group tours or tours by appointment, please call (507) 286-9208 and leave a message. Tour buses are welcome but please call in advance.