LeDuc Historic Estate

LeDuc Historic Estate The LeDuc Historic Estate is a house museum and part of the Dakota County Historical Society. This Gothic Revival was built between 1862 and 1866.
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Happy Groundhog Day from LeChuck and the rest of the DCHS family! We haven’t seen ours yet,  fingers crossed for an earl...
02/02/2020

Happy Groundhog Day from LeChuck and the rest of the DCHS family! We haven’t seen ours yet, fingers crossed for an early spring in Minnesota too! #leducwildlife #leduchistoricestate #visithastingsmn #hastingsnow #groundhogday @ LeDuc Historic Estate

WOW!We are speechless! Thank you to each and every member and supporter of Dakota County's history for giving us the abi...
01/02/2020

WOW!

We are speechless! Thank you to each and every member and supporter of Dakota County's history for giving us the ability to surpass $10,000 raised during the 2019 Lawshe Fund!

In just under two months, we raised more than $10,000!!

You all have done it again!

Thanks to all of our generous members and supporters, we have officially surpassed $10,000 for the 2019 Lawshe Fund!

We cannot thank each of you enough for the generosity you have shown our organization the past two months!

THANK YOU!

The Dakota County Historical Society Lawshe Fund annual campaign ends tonight!Since November 6th, more than $9,500 has b...
12/31/2019

The Dakota County Historical Society Lawshe Fund annual campaign ends tonight!

Since November 6th, more than $9,500 has been raised! Please consider a last-minute, tax deductible donation to increase this number.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you have a safe and happy New Year!

Time is almost up on the calendar year and for the 2019 Lawshe Fund!

We are sitting at just over $9,500 raised since November 6! If you are unsure on whether or not to donate, know that your contribution could put us over $10,000 for the campaign.

A snowy view from our cupola atop the carriage barn. #sneakpeaksunday #winterweather #victorianview #leduchistoricestate...
12/16/2019

A snowy view from our cupola atop the carriage barn. #sneakpeaksunday #winterweather #victorianview #leduchistoricestate #visithastingsmn #hastingsnow

Our organization's supporters are AWESOME!We set our fundraising goal at $7,000 during the Lawshe Fund Campaign. After t...
12/11/2019

Our organization's supporters are AWESOME!

We set our fundraising goal at $7,000 during the Lawshe Fund Campaign. After that goal was reached, we put it up to $8,500. We have officially hit that mark today!

Since November 6th, we have raised just over $8,500! We hope if you have not had a chance to provide your donation, you will help us continue to increase this number! Donations are accepted for the Lawshe Fund until December 31, 2019.

It’s time to celebrate! We reached our (second) fundraising goal of $8,500 raised during the Lawshe Fund!

Our original goal was $7,000, which was increased to $7,500. We ask you to help us shatter our goal by making it up to $8,500. We made it there within just a few weeks!!!

If you missed the first two there’s still one more opportunity to see the house decorated for the holidays!! Come see us...
12/05/2019

If you missed the first two there’s still one more opportunity to see the house decorated for the holidays!! Come see us on Dec 15th, we’ll give you a tour of the house and discuss Victorian holiday practices. We would love to have you!

Regular tour rates and times. 10, 11:30, 1, 2:30, and 4!

Check out our Instagram for more pictures and posts @leduc_dchistory

12/03/2019
Dakota County Historical Society

Have you ever wanted to see the famous Chapel at the LeDuc Estate, but never had the chance?

As we (DCHS) increase our fundraising goal to $8,500 by the end of this year, all donors will be entered into a random drawing to take a behind-the-scenes tour of any DCHS site they wish!

The tour will include up to 5 people and can be of any site - such as the LeDuc! You will get to see everything not normally seen on a tour - like the Chapel or basement!

Do you think we can raise $1,000 before the end of the year?

Our organization set a goal of raising $7,000 during this year's annual campaign and we currently stand at $7,500. Let's see if we can make it to $8,500!

Anyone that donates to our Annual Campaign will be entered into a random drawing. One winner will be selected to take a behind-the-scenes tour of any DCHS site they choose! The tour will allow up to 5 people to go on the tour. All previous donations received will be included.

To donate, visit (www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now).

Please help share this post and see if we can get to $8,500!

We reached more than 1,000,000 people as an organization in 2019. Your donations and contributions allow us to do so.Ple...
12/03/2019
Dakota County Historical Society

We reached more than 1,000,000 people as an organization in 2019. Your donations and contributions allow us to do so.

Please consider donating to DCHS during #GivingTuesday!

We are well into #GivingTuesday and hope that you will consider giving to DCHS.

Our organization reached more than 1,000,000 people from all across the country in 2019. Your donations and contributions allow us to achieve this level of success.

In 2020, we have a full calendar of events, plenty of tours to offer and will be once again taking Dakota County's history across borders into other communities throughout Minnesota.

Thank you for your support and allowing us to do these amazing things!

In just a few hours, #GivingTuesday begins!Consider a donation to the Dakota County Historic Society - the organization ...
12/02/2019

In just a few hours, #GivingTuesday begins!

Consider a donation to the Dakota County Historic Society - the organization that operates the #LeDucHistoricEstate.

You don’t even need to wait until tomorrow if you want to be the first today!

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about #GivingTuesday? Tomorrow you can join people all over the country and give back to your favorite nonprofits.

You can give to #DCHS at (dakotahistory.org/donate-now) and help us continue shattering our fundraising goal!

We’re at $7,400+ raised since November 6, 2019.

Straw ornaments were a festive and affordable way to decorate a tree. They could be made or purchased and were most ofte...
12/02/2019

Straw ornaments were a festive and affordable way to decorate a tree. They could be made or purchased and were most often found on Swedish and German trees and throughout Scandinavia. They symbolizes health for harvest and livestock. Christians also saw them as a symbol for the first resting place of Jesus in the manger. #victorianchristmas #leduchistoricestate #leduc #dchs #visithastingsmn #strawornaments

We’re open for Holiday tours today! What better way to spend your holiday weekend then to take a tour of a Victorian Hou...
12/01/2019

We’re open for Holiday tours today! What better way to spend your holiday weekend then to take a tour of a Victorian House decorated for the season? Stop in for a visit!
#leduchistoricestate #leduc #homefortheholidays #victoriancharm

Hello LeDuc Lovers!Please considering assisting the Dakota County Historical Society in shattering their fundraising goa...
11/25/2019

Hello LeDuc Lovers!

Please considering assisting the Dakota County Historical Society in shattering their fundraising goal for 2019! DCHS manages the site in partnership with the City of Hastings.

The Lawshe Fund's goal was to raise $7,000 from November thru December 31st. To date, more than $7,000 has been raised and we now seek to shatter that number!

Learn more about how you can donate by clicking the original link below.

How would you like to help us shatter something? Don't worry, it's not an artifact!

Our end of the year fundraising campaign set a goal of $7,000. This goal has been reached and we still have more than a month left.

Our request is that you all help us shatter our fundraising goal for the 2019 Lawshe Fund Campaign! To help, please visit (www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now) and make a contribution toward our efforts. In the notes, please put "Lawshe Fund" so we can accurately track it.

You can also mail a check with a note in the memo line for "Lawshe Fund" to:

Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

11/21/2019
Dakota County Government

LeDuc Site Supervisor Mariah Ring recently explored the history of William LeDuc and tea - follow the link to learn (and hear) more!

This Dakota County landmark once hosted a U.S. president! Learn more about its famous owner's history in this short video. Dakota County Historical Society

Thank you to everyone that supported DCHS during #GivetotheMaxDay19 yesterday!The organization set a goal of $1,000 rais...
11/15/2019

Thank you to everyone that supported DCHS during #GivetotheMaxDay19 yesterday!

The organization set a goal of $1,000 raised and despite coming up $5 short, it is reason to celebrate.

You can still contribute to the Lawshe Fund by visiting (www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now) thru 12/31/2019.

Thank you again to everyone that contributed! We are well underway with our 2019 Lawshe Fund Campaign and are poised to surpass last year's total - potentially even our 2019 goal of $7,000.

Thank you to everyone that contributed during our #GivetotheMaxDay19 campaign!

Even though we were just shy of our goal of $1,000 ($5 shy to be exact), we will still celebrate!

Thank you again for your support toward this and our Lawshe Fund Campaign! We are on pace with the overall campaign to surpass last years total AND our goal of $7,000.

We are $250 shy of reaching our goal of $1,000 raised during #GivetotheMaxDay19!Can you help us reach that goal? You can...
11/14/2019

We are $250 shy of reaching our goal of $1,000 raised during #GivetotheMaxDay19!

Can you help us reach that goal? You can donate here:
- www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now

- https://www.givemn.org/organization/Dakota-County-Historical-SocietyDakota-County-Museum/welcome

- Send a check to: Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

*Please be sure to mark the contribution as Give to the Max Day / Lawshe Fund Campaign so we can account for it accordingly.

A big thank you to everyone who has donated to us during this year’s #gttmd19!

We are about 3/4 of the way to our goal of $1,000! Can you help push us over our fundraising goal?

DCHS Board President Robert Damon, with his wife Michelle Damon, is offering a "Presidential Match" to all donations giv...
11/14/2019

DCHS Board President Robert Damon, with his wife Michelle Damon, is offering a "Presidential Match" to all donations given during #GivetotheMaxDay19 and the Lawshe Fund Campaign - up to $1,500!

Bob can be seen in the accompanying image portraying another President - Rutherford B. Hayes - during Civil War Weekend.

Our third donor match during our campaign is a Presidential match by DCHS President, Robert Damon, and his wife Michelle Damon. They are offering up to $1,500 total in matching funds to every dollar given.

In the picture, Bob can be seen on the right, portraying another President - Rutherford B. Hayes. Hayes visited Hastings in 1878! #gttmd19

During #GivetotheMaxDay2019, we will share some highlights of this past year. I’m 2019, we achieved more than 1,000,000 ...
11/14/2019

During #GivetotheMaxDay2019, we will share some highlights of this past year.

I’m 2019, we achieved more than 1,000,000 organizational impressions. These are the number of people we reached through media coverage, tours, exhibits and programs.

In 2019, we had more than 1,000,000 organizational impressions on the public. This means our name and Dakota County history was seen through media, exhibits and programs.

This number does not include any social media presence, such as Facebook reach, or Twitter and Instagram.

Our largest reach was through the Mall of America event that had more than 700,000 organizational impressions alone!

As you prepare for #GivetotheMaxDay2019 tomorrow, please consider including the Dakota County Historical Society in your...
11/13/2019

As you prepare for #GivetotheMaxDay2019 tomorrow, please consider including the Dakota County Historical Society in your giving.

In 2005, DCHS entered into an agreement with the City of Hastings to operate the LeDuc Historic Estate. Since that day, DCHS provides the staff, tours and programs that occur at the site annually.

Tomorrow is #GivetotheMaxDay2019!

Please keep us in mind as you prepare to join other Minnesotans in this day of charitable giving!

You can donate to us in 3 ways:
- www.givemn.org/organization/dakota-county-historical-societyDakota-county-museum

- www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now

- Send a check to Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

*Please be sure to put Give to the Max or Lawshe Fund in the memo so we know how to account for it!

Do you enjoy attending events and supporting the LeDuc Estate, as well as local history?Consider joining the Board of Tr...
11/07/2019
Dakota County Historical Society

Do you enjoy attending events and supporting the LeDuc Estate, as well as local history?

Consider joining the Board of Trustees for the Dakota County Historical Society! Click the link to fill out an application of interest.

Are you interested in supporting local history?

We are accepting applications to join the Board of Trustees for the Dakota County Historical Society. Follow the link to learn more and to fill out an application of interest.

10/05/2019

The site will be closed for tours this afternoon due to a private rental. Thank you for your understanding and we are sorry for any inconvenience! We will be open for tours all day tomorrow!

09/26/2019

The LeDuc will be closed for the morning for a group tour. We will be open for the 1:00, 2:30, and 4 o’clock tours! We hope to see you there!!

Check out our next event! Author Joseph Fitzharris will give a presentation on his new book “The Hardest Lot of Men” on ...
09/20/2019

Check out our next event! Author Joseph Fitzharris will give a presentation on his new book “The Hardest Lot of Men” on Oct. 5th from 1-3 in the LeDuc Parlor. Refreshments will be provided and books available for purchase! You can even get your copy signed by the author! $7 a person or $5 for DCHS members! Register online, call the site at 651-438-8480, or follow our event link to reserve your place! https://www.facebook.com/events/1441341992688416/?ti=icl

Civil War Weekend After Dark. #behindthescenes #civilwarweekend
09/08/2019

Civil War Weekend After Dark. #behindthescenes #civilwarweekend

Civil War Weekend after hours.
09/08/2019

Civil War Weekend after hours.

09/06/2019
LeDuc Historic Estate

This video was from last year's #CivilWarWeekend event.

You can see it live tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. when our event for 2019 officially begins! Remember, children get in free, so be there with your entire family as the Opening Ceremony begins.

Opening Ceremony and Flag Raising with the First and Third Minnesota Regiments.

This week for Then and Now we see the top of the stairs from the sitting room on the second floor. The door way at the t...
08/16/2019

This week for Then and Now we see the top of the stairs from the sitting room on the second floor. The door way at the top of the stairs looked into Florence’s room but now it looks into our office space.

This week’s Then and Now is a a Sneak Peak too! These two pictures are from one of our third floor rooms. We’re not sure...
08/11/2019

This week’s Then and Now is a a Sneak Peak too! These two pictures are from one of our third floor rooms. We’re not sure when the first picture was taken but we do know that it was after 1915 as this is when the dormers were installed on the house and may also have been when the wallpaper was put up. This room was used by hired help and in the summer by William and Mary’s grandchildren. Today we use it to store costumes and children’s activities.

Happy Birthday George Daniels! 188 years ago today, George Washington Daniels was born into slavery on a plantation in R...
08/11/2019

Happy Birthday George Daniels!
188 years ago today, George Washington Daniels was born into slavery on a plantation in Rome, Georgia to Amanda and Moses Daniels. He would go on to fight for the Confederate army, escape by playing dead on the battle field and find his way to Union forces. It was after this that he would meet William LeDuc, then a Quartermaster. William would go on to hire him to bring his horses back to Hastings, MN and then take him on as his hired hand on the estate and live in a room in the carriage barn for a time. He then met his wife, Chloe Hudson, started a family, moved to Brookings County later a citizen of the town of White, South Dakota, started a farm of his own through the Homestead Act, became a school clerk, tried moving back to Georgia, and ultimately moved back to White to live out the rest of his life. This extraordinary man is a wonderful part of our history at the estate and can hardly be summed up in one post. You can see an exhibit all about him when you visit located in the carriage barn. @ LeDuc Historic Estate

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight, we had just over 150 people! Thank you to The Squires for playing, St Luke's...
08/05/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight, we had just over 150 people! Thank you to The Squires for playing, St Luke's Episcopal Church for selling pie, and Merchants Bank Hastings for sponsoring!

Getting ready for our first Free Orchard Concert of the season tonight! Thank you to Merchants bank for sponsoring this ...
08/04/2019

Getting ready for our first Free Orchard Concert of the season tonight! Thank you to Merchants bank for sponsoring this event! St Luke’s will be selling pie and refreshments.

07/25/2019

**Update: A group has been found!
Are you looking for a fundraising opportunity? We’re looking for a local group or non-profit to make and sell pies for our Aug 18th Orchard Concert. You keep all your profits! Call 651-438-8480 if you’re interested and would like more information!

Nick
07/20/2019

Nick

The new roof on the Leduc mansion keeps out water pretty well! No leaks! Come stay dry this Rivertown Days Weekend at the Leduc today with a tour at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00!

07/19/2019

How about this heat! Did you know that chickens pant when they’re hot? We’re keeping our chickens cool with ice in their water and their favorite treat, frozen watermelon slices!

In a heat index like this everyone’s looking for something cool to do! Well what’s cooler than history?! Come take a tou...
07/19/2019

In a heat index like this everyone’s looking for something cool to do! Well what’s cooler than history?! Come take a tour with us! We’re open all weekend AND we have AC!!
Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, & 4!

07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July Everyone! A friendly reminder that we will be closed today. Enjoy your holiday, and stay safe!! 🎆🎇🇺🇸

We will be open the rest of the weekend.

Do you love history? We have a new job posting at the Sibley Site!The Dakota County Historical Society is hiring for a S...
07/01/2019
Employment

Do you love history? We have a new job posting at the Sibley Site!

The Dakota County Historical Society is hiring for a Site Supervisor at the Sibley Historic Site and the deadline to apply is Monday, July 15th!

Click the link for more information.

Dakota County Historical Society

If you’ve taken a tour with us, then you’ve likely walked through this porch door. Beautifully paneled and original to t...
06/30/2019

If you’ve taken a tour with us, then you’ve likely walked through this porch door. Beautifully paneled and original to the house the wood is about 2 1/2 inches thick. Our “Then” picture, circa 1912, shows the door with a chair next to it, the door knob off to the side of the door, and a center knob. A center knob, unlike your standard door knob, was usually just on one side of the door and was used for pulling the door shut or pushing it open. We’re unclear on when the center knob was removed from our door, but you can still see where it used to be attached. Come see it for yourself!

Address

1629 Vermillion St
Hastings, MN
55033-3139

General information

Open for guided tours mid-May through October as well as special events throughout the year.

Telephone

(651) 438-8480

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Welcome

We are the Leduc Historic Estate, a historic site of the Dakota County Historical Society. Here we strive to teach history and engage all of our visitors in meaningful interactions with our site and our story. We are the home of General William G. Leduc and his family in Hastings from 1866 until the family sold the home in 1940. General Leduc is larger than life and his home is an iconic piece of the landscape of Hastings and in the story of American Architecture as the Gothic Revival masterpiece of Andrew Jackson Downing. We are open for tours Thursday through Sunday, May through October and we would be honored for you to visit us!

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The new roof on the Leduc mansion keeps out water pretty well! No leaks! Come stay dry this Rivertown Days Weekend at the Leduc today with a tour at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00!
Read a chapter on the ghosts and hauntings of the LeDuc Estate...
I can't find anything on tour dates, times and costs anywhere. Am I just not seeing it?
Thank You Anthony Bianchi from the 3rd MN for this documentation of Civil War Weekend 2017 at LeDuc Historic Estate!
On behalf of the Dakota County Historical Society, we wish to thank Amy Deaver for her work as Site Manager of the LeDuc Historic Site, and wish her success in the next season. She has brought a creative flair to the house, offering rich experiences for visitors which made history come alive. Amy will be missed, and it is disappointing she decided to leave. While this action was unexpected, we anticipate continued good programming and management at LeDuc by DCHS. We love being part of this wonderful site, serving Hastings and Dakota County as a whole, and plan to continue to do so in the years to come. Sincerely, Robert Damon, President of Board of Trustees, DCHS
Tonight's Apple Orchard Concert with Darlene & The Boys has been moved to St. Luke's Episcopal Church; start time is 6:30 p.m.
A super sized THANK YOU to Dick Carlson this week. Dick is one of our many fantastic volunteers at the Leduc who, this week, finished restoring a carriage that was donated to the site last year. We will soon have it back in the Carriage Barn where it belongs. Thanks Dick!
Mary Leduc inspired Mug Rugs
All of the tea is bagged, come and get it
My Mother and I came to the Mother's Day Tea today and it was everything we had hoped for. The food and teas were delicious and the staff, both those who presented and lead tours and those who served and cleaned up, were great. You were right: the key lime tart was exceptional. Thanks for all the hard work everyone!
We are here tonight for dinner and 1940's Cocktails!... we are excited to be here.