- Rochester Mansions Tour
- Dates: September 8, 2021 - October 27, 2021
- Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
- Location: Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area
- Address: 401 6th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
- Phone: (507) 421-0573
- Time: 10:15 AM to 2:15 PM
- Price: Adults: $45 Children (2-12): $29
Looking for something to do between appointments, or just want to expand your knowledge of Rochester's mansion? Immerse yourself in Rochester's unique history with the Rochester Mansions Tour. Join us on a vintage trolley for this 3 1/2-4 hour tour of the Mayowood Mansion, a self guided tour of the History Center of Olmsted County, and a self guided tour of the Plummer House.
The Mayowood Mansion
The 23,000-square foot, thirty-eight room mansion was built in 1910 by Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo. Once a 3,300-acre country estate, the mansion has seen many changes over the years.
Indoors, original Mayo family artifacts tell the story of their many world travels and how the home was used as a house of hospitality to entertain the community and VIP celebrity guests.
Outdoors, the mansion is surrounded by a grand terrace overlooking the Zumbro River along with beautiful botanical gardens and an Oriental Tea House.
Enjoy a one hour guided tour of the estate beautiful home.
Hour long Guided tour
The History Center of Olmsted County
Add to your Olmsted County knowledge by visiting the local museum. Check out current exhibits such as I WANT YOU: Olmsted County Service During World War II, We Are Water, Kalmar Township, and Origins of Olmsted County: The Land for Enterprise.
Add to your experience by walking to the historic properties on the museum property.
The George Stoppel Farm: built in 1856 by German immigrant George Stoppel.
The Ralph Stoppel Farm: built in 1856 by German immigrant Francis Stoppel.
The Hadley Valley School House: a one room school house built in 1885 and was in use until 1957.
The William Dee Log Cabin: a log cabin built in 1862 by Irish immigrant William Dee.
45 minute self guided tour
The Plummer House
Built in 1917, this estate sits on 11 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, formal gardens, bird trail, quarry and water tower. The house serves as tourist attraction, facility for weddings and receptions, meetings, instructional classes and parties. Innovative features built into the house include, a central vac system, underground sprinkler, intercom system, dumb waiter, electricity and gas lighting, the first gas fireplace in the city of Rochester, garage door openers, heated pool, water tower and many other special features. Explore the vision of Henry and Daisy Plummer in a self guided tour through the property.
45 minute self guided tour (with guides available)
The Trolley picks up and departs from Centerstone Plaza Hotel, from the Gonda West doors, and from the History Center of Olmsted County. We recommend being 10 minutes early.