Monday, October 22, 2012
Historic Sibley House - Mendota, Minnesota
Sibley House is considered the oldest private residence in Minnesota. It was built for Henry Hastings Sibley between 1835 and 1836 of limestone blocks cut from a nearby quarry. Sibley was the regional manager of the American Fur Company and Minnesota's first governor.
After Sibley moved to St. Paul in 1862, the house was used for several purposes and eventually fell into ruins. In 1910, the house was rescued and restored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), who opened it to the public.
In 1997 the DAR turned the ownership of the Sibley Historic Site to State of Minnesota and the management to the Minnesota Historical Society.