Heather and Riley joined us for the extended weekend. What a treat! (This is a very lengthy post, be forewarned....)
Before they had arrived, I had been perusing the Garage Sale classifieds in the paper, on the off chance that we would be able to go to that last sale of the season. We love treasure hunting. There were none close to my neighborhood, but my eye was caught by a very long Estate Sale ad, further up the page.
I was immediately intrigued. A 15 bedroom mansion on a 200 acre estate, including everything from five hundred 78 rpm records, to a vast library of books, to linens, many monogrammed "H". Sleighs, buffalo robes, china, silver, how could we not go and check it out? It was the estate of the last surviving great grand daughter of James J. Hill.
We had already planned to hit up Pine Tree Apple Orchard while she was here, so when I saw the location of the estate I knew it was meant to be-it was a mere 2 miles from the orchard, in Dellwood.
The day dawned frosty with clear blue skies. We wound our north, enjoying all of the sights along the way.
Cars lining both sides of the road up ahead confirmed the location, seeing how many cars were parked on the property we decided street parking was the way to go.
Approaching the main house, we found a white painted brick structure facing the small lake below. I glimpsed huge screened porches, and also the large line of people waiting to get in. Many were more interested in touring the house than buying anything, I heard snippets of conversation as we waited. "It hasn't been lived in for years", "my friend was walking over here to explore one day and was chased off the property by a caretaker with a gun", "can you imagine what it would cost to heat this place?", "look at those amazing metal gutters".
Main floor rooms held tables full of gorgeous old linens, endless tablecloths and napkins, antique lace, blankets and towels. I imagined the parties held here, sparkling crystal and shining silver, women in gloves and men in tuxedos.
Thanks to my sister for all of the great pictures!