Longfellow House Hospitality Center
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Built in 1907, the house is a two-thirds scale replica of Longfellow's home in Cambridge, Mass. Originally, the home was part of Jones' private 4.6-acre botanical garden and zoological park near Minnehaha Falls.
After Jones died, the home fell into disrepair. He had deeded his property to the city, which used the house as part of the Minneapolis public library from 1936 to 1967. The house was moved in 1994 and renovated. It opened as an information center in 2001.
Today the home is located closer to Minnehaha Falls and is the public information center at Minnehaha Park. Photos of the home's previous owner can be seen inside. The most popular photos are shots taken of him in his private "zoo" with lions, bears and birds.
The Longfellow House Hospitality Center provides information about the falls and Minneapolis Grand Rounds, a 50-mile recreation loop which includes Minnehaha Falls. Also, the Longfellow House and John H. Stevens House co-sponsor 90-minute historic nature walks around the park.
Contact Information: Call the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at 612-230-6520 for more information.
Did You Know?
The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.