Comstock House

Comstock House 2023 Tour Season

Friday & Saturday, June 2 to September 30

Tours start on the hour from 10 - 3 Hill build a railroad system in the Red River Valley.
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Solomon Comstock established the First National Bank and Moorhead State University and helped James J. Ada Comstock, one of three children reared in the home, became the first dean of women at the University of Minnesota and later president of Radcliffe College.

"Ruth Roberts - later Mrs. Gilbert Haggart"Ruth Roberts Haggart was born on December 2nd, 1878 in Fargo, ND. She graduat...
09/22/2023

"Ruth Roberts - later Mrs. Gilbert Haggart"

Ruth Roberts Haggart was born on December 2nd, 1878 in Fargo, ND. She graduated from Fargo Public Schools in 1898. In November of 1900, she married Gilbert Wood Haggart. She belonged to the ND Votes for Women League.

"Mrs. S.G. Robers "Aunt Jennie" Mother's older sister"Jennie Ball Roberts was born on September 16th, 1841 in Canada. Sh...
09/15/2023

"Mrs. S.G. Robers "Aunt Jennie" Mother's older sister"

Jennie Ball Roberts was born on September 16th, 1841 in Canada. She married George Peck Baldwin in August of 1862. They had one daughter, Laura May Baldwin. Sadly, George passed away in 1865, just short of three years after their marriage.

This October, take a journey through the hidden wonders of the Comstock House, all under the enchanting glow of flashlig...
09/13/2023

This October, take a journey through the hidden wonders of the Comstock House, all under the enchanting glow of flashlights.

As the sun sets, the Comstock House transforms into a captivating spectacle. During this unique after-dark tour, we'll plunge the house into darkness, making way for an exclusive adventure that unveils the essence of its artifacts and architectural marvels like never before. Our guides will illuminate various corners of the house, enabling you to appreciate its beauty and history from a whole new perspective.

You'll have access to parts of the house that are typically off-limits to the public, adding an element of excitement and discovery to the experience.

The Nooks & Crannies Flashlight Tour is approximately 90-minutes long and starts promtly at 7:30 pm. To ensure the comfort and safety of our guests, each tour is limited to 10 guests.

We kindly request all participants to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour, as we will provide vital safety information to ensure your comfort throughout the tour. Tickets on sale now!

The caption on this photo reads: "S.G. Roberts "Uncle Gil""Samuel Gilman Roberts was born on March 10th, 1843 in Maine. ...
09/08/2023

The caption on this photo reads: "S.G. Roberts "Uncle Gil""

Samuel Gilman Roberts was born on March 10th, 1843 in Maine. According to the NDSU archives he was in Maine, then served in the Civil War, and after came to Minneapolis to study Law. According to the Fargo History Project, he arrived in Cass County in January of 1872, one of the first settlers.

This is an item from Jessie’s closet! We have a few clothing items of the family’s. Would you be interested in a closet ...
09/02/2023

This is an item from Jessie’s closet! We have a few clothing items of the family’s. Would you be interested in a closet tour on our socials?

The caption reads "Jessie". Jessie May Comstock was born on April 29th, 1879 in Moorhead, MN. She was baptized on Septem...
08/25/2023

The caption reads "Jessie". Jessie May Comstock was born on April 29th, 1879 in Moorhead, MN. She was baptized on September 15th, 1880 in Moorhead at St. John the Devine Episcopal Church. Jessie graduated from Moorhead High School in 1896. She then began school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

In May of 1871, Solomon began working for the Northern Pacific Railway as a laborer on the Duluth-Red River branch. He a...
08/18/2023

In May of 1871, Solomon began working for the Northern Pacific Railway as a laborer on the Duluth-Red River branch. He arrived in Moorhead on the train on December 12th, 1871. The tracks ended at the East bank of the Red River, and as he put it he was "stranded in Moorhead" where "there was no read going West... I had no money to go East. So I stayed."

The caption of this photo is "Mother". Sarah Ann Ball Comstock was born on January 16th of 1844 in Edwardsburgh, Ontario...
08/11/2023

The caption of this photo is "Mother". Sarah Ann Ball Comstock was born on January 16th of 1844 in Edwardsburgh, Ontario, Canada to Joseph Ball and Sarah Hallet Ball. She had five siblings, all sisters. Sarah was a school teacher, and in the summers would visit her sister, Jennie Roberts, in Fargo, North Dakota. Solomon and Samuel G. Roberts practiced law together in Moorhead. Sarah and Solomon were introduced; by May 27th, 1874, the two were married.

Did you know that Christmas Villages used to be called Putz Villages? This is because they were a Pensilvania Dutch trad...
12/16/2022

Did you know that Christmas Villages used to be called Putz Villages? This is because they were a Pensilvania Dutch tradition! They were seen as a secular version of a Nativity. You can hear more about these and other holiday traditions on our Holiday Traditions tour! Very few tickets left, so get them while you can!

Happy birthday to our girl Ada! There’s a great little video about her on the ’s YouTube page from 2015. Be sure to chec...
12/11/2022

Happy birthday to our girl Ada! There’s a great little video about her on the ’s YouTube page from 2015. Be sure to check it out!

It isn’t too late to get tickets for tonight’s Holiday Traditions Tour! Follow the link on the Facebook event page to bu...
12/08/2022

It isn’t too late to get tickets for tonight’s Holiday Traditions Tour! Follow the link on the Facebook event page to buy tickets. See you there!

A progress photo of Christmas decorating! We can’t wait to see you at the Holiday Traditions tours (every Thursday in De...
11/29/2022

A progress photo of Christmas decorating! We can’t wait to see you at the Holiday Traditions tours (every Thursday in December!) Hurry to grab tickets, as they’re going fast!

Grandpa Solomon & little Susan. Who are you thankful for this season? We’re thankful for our wonderful guests and the ch...
11/27/2022

Grandpa Solomon & little Susan. Who are you thankful for this season? We’re thankful for our wonderful guests and the chance to share this family’s story!

After nearly THREE years, we’re back! During the month of December we will be hosting our Christmas tours every Thursday...
11/18/2022

After nearly THREE years, we’re back! During the month of December we will be hosting our Christmas tours every Thursday (1, 8, 15, & 22) at 6pm and last approximately 60 minutes, each tour is limited to 10 people, so get your tickets while you still can!

Here is a photo from the Comstock Collection at the  of Jessie enjoying some time at Detroit Lakes!
11/15/2022

Here is a photo from the Comstock Collection at the of Jessie enjoying some time at Detroit Lakes!

A beautiful little throwback to the 1970s in the sitting room!
11/04/2022

A beautiful little throwback to the 1970s in the sitting room!

10/29/2022
Thank you to everyone who came to the flashlight tours this month! It was a wonderful time. Next you can join us in Dece...
10/28/2022

Thank you to everyone who came to the flashlight tours this month! It was a wonderful time. Next you can join us in December for our Christmas tours!

Flashlight tours! Every Thursday night in October starting at 7:30pm we’ve got our flashlight tours happening. We’ll lea...
10/14/2022

Flashlight tours! Every Thursday night in October starting at 7:30pm we’ve got our flashlight tours happening. We’ll lead you through the house and highlight specific architectural features of the house. You can buy tickets online at the link on the Facebook event!

10/13/2022

This October, the Comstock House will again offer an “after-dark” tour option, the Nooks & Crannies Flashlight Tour. During this tour, all lights in the house will be turned off. Two guides will illuminate different artifacts and architectural features throughout the home, allowing guests to app...

Some beautiful flowers from the garden!
09/30/2022

Some beautiful flowers from the garden!

One of my favorite photos of our boy, George. Don’t forget! This weekend is your last chance to catch regular tours for ...
09/27/2022

One of my favorite photos of our boy, George. Don’t forget! This weekend is your last chance to catch regular tours for the season. Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. See you there!

Don’t forget, we’re open until 4pm today but we will be closed on Saturday for Labor Day Weekend!
09/02/2022

Don’t forget, we’re open until 4pm today but we will be closed on Saturday for Labor Day Weekend!

In a letter from Jessie on December 22nd, 1908 to her parents while she was studying at Oxford: “Miss Steggall is going ...
08/26/2022

In a letter from Jessie on December 22nd, 1908 to her parents while she was studying at Oxford: “Miss Steggall is going to procure for us tickets for a suffragette meeting; so in case you cease to hear from us, you may know that we are languishing in prison, martyrs for the cause.” We love our dramatic girl!

08/22/2022

It might feel like summer is coming to an end with school starting soon, but there is still a lot to do in our communities!


- Thursday: Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota United in Epilepsy Regional Walk https://fb.me/e/2Nn5AnTck
- Thursday: Folkways Night Bazaar https://fb.me/e/qrqnwER08
- Saturday: Lawn Games at Comstock House https://fb.me/e/275RElGPR
- Saturday-Sunday: Island Park Show with Fargo Park District https://fb.me/e/2eTIG2Dme
- Saturday-Sunday: Bonanzaville - USA Pioneer Days https://fb.me/e/6m2jLmEjl


- Monday-Friday: Back the Pack! Food Drive by Northlands Rescue Mission https://fb.me/e/2GYkVDppv
- Saturday-Sunday: Sunflower Dayz at Valley Corn Maize https://fb.me/e/2OF87FFIp


- Friday-Saturday: Midwest Flavor Fest with BisMan Eats https://fb.me/e/3CjBeOKHR


- Saturday: Pride Social with Love is Love in the Lakes Area https://fb.me/e/1IbsgoTxy
- Sunday: Community Appreciation Open House https://fb.me/e/28smz7cmS


- Wednesday: Summertime by George https://fb.me/e/2NOaR2RM3
- Sunday: Millstream Arts Festival https://fb.me/e/2OzL8gUWh


- Thursday: Laney's at the Lake Open House https://fb.me/e/3AXw9gbpk

Ada to the Smith class of 1921: “In this time of war when there is much unrest, so much tendency to think of what the co...
08/19/2022

Ada to the Smith class of 1921: “In this time of war when there is much unrest, so much tendency to think of what the country needs in money and good and material resources, you - and your parents - can still remember how much the country needs educated women. You are a great living testimony at a critical time of the love of human beings for the life of the mind and the life of the spirit. By your very coming you do good.”

08/12/2022
Join us for Lawn Games this Saturday from 6-8pm! We’ll have Mother Cluckers food truck and free s’mores as well as bever...
07/29/2022

Join us for Lawn Games this Saturday from 6-8pm! We’ll have Mother Cluckers food truck and free s’mores as well as beverages for purchase. Hope to see you there!

Buy a dual ticket today! Good for the  and the Comstock House. Enjoy two museums for one price!
07/22/2022

Buy a dual ticket today! Good for the and the Comstock House. Enjoy two museums for one price!

We had a break in at the Comstock House this afternoon. The suspecting sparrow made her entrance via the attic and was d...
07/15/2022

We had a break in at the Comstock House this afternoon. The suspecting sparrow made her entrance via the attic and was discovered shortly after 2pm by Site Manager Emily Kulzer. Kulzer was able to apprehend the feathered fiend after a short pursuit. The brazen bird was then taken into custody without incident. After a thorough scolding and instructions to stay outside, Ms. Sparrow was released without bail.

The way the light shines through the stained glass is something else 😍. Join us for a tour on Fridays or Saturdays from ...
06/29/2022

The way the light shines through the stained glass is something else 😍. Join us for a tour on Fridays or Saturdays from 10am-4pm! Tours start every hour on the hour.

The first Lawn Games of the season was a success. Join us next month (July 30th) and grab some food from !
06/23/2022

The first Lawn Games of the season was a success. Join us next month (July 30th) and grab some food from !

Join us for Lawn Games this Saturday from 6 pm - 8 pm! We have the games Skittles, Kubb, Mölkky, Bocce Ball, Croquet, an...
06/17/2022

Join us for Lawn Games this Saturday from 6 pm - 8 pm! We have the games Skittles, Kubb, Mölkky, Bocce Ball, Croquet, and Co****le. For refreshments we’ll have free s’mores and beverages available for purchase. Outside snacks and food are welcome, outside alcohol is not permitted. We hope to see you there!

  with this photo of the family in front of the house in 1885!
06/16/2022

with this photo of the family in front of the house in 1885!

Love the view from the formal parlor! Ada once said “the parlor was dark and cold in the wintertime; it was closed off d...
06/10/2022

Love the view from the formal parlor! Ada once said “the parlor was dark and cold in the wintertime; it was closed off during these months.” This parlor was used to entertain important guests of the family. Come see it for yourself any Friday or Saturday from 10am-4pm!

Did you know the Comstock family had cats? We have multiple photos of sweet kitties like this one in the archives at MSU...
06/01/2022

Did you know the Comstock family had cats? We have multiple photos of sweet kitties like this one in the archives at MSUM.

(Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Archives)

Here are our hours for the summer season! Tours do not need to be scheduled this summer, so stop in whenever you'd like ...
05/24/2022

Here are our hours for the summer season! Tours do not need to be scheduled this summer, so stop in whenever you'd like while we're open. We are limited to 12 guests per tour for the comfort of our guests and the safety of our artifacts.

05/20/2022

Now on display at the James J. Hill House: three original outfits worn by Hill family members!

Featured are James J. Hill’s 1899 suit, tailored by the Schaub Bros. of St. Paul; Mary T. Hill’s 1883 velvet maternity dress, made by St. Paul dressmaker Mary Worley; and Rachel Hill Boeckmann’s wedding dress, made in 1913 by Minneapolis dressmaker Madame Rose Boyd.

This showcase of historic clothing coincides with our new gallery display, ‘Gilded Glamour: American Fashion 1850-1920, ’ featuring illustrations, photographs, reproduction clothing, and displays tracking changing styles through the seven decades that James and Mary Hill lived in St. Paul. Come see how clothes reflected and even shaped society, from the practical garments of working people to the most opulent haute couture of the very wealthy.

The exhibit is included with regular admission to James J. Hill House. Tickets can be purchased online at mnhs.org/hillhouse.

We are OPEN! Bring your family, your curiosity, and your sense of adventure to Comstock House, where you can learn about...
05/29/2021

We are OPEN! Bring your family, your curiosity, and your sense of adventure to Comstock House, where you can learn about the Comstock family and history of the Red River Valley. Tours are by appointment only. Visit our site for hours of operation, tour schedules, site experience, and to purchase advance admission: www.mnhs.org/comstock

05/28/2021

We were so happy to help Moorhead High Theatre present Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Comstock House. Their live stream performance debuts tonight at 7:00PM, and tickets are available through Moorhead Public Schools at the link below:

https://moorheadschools.universitytickets.com

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506 Eighth Street S
Moorhead, MN
56560

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Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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We are OPEN! Bring your family, your curiosity, and your sense of adventure to Comstock House, where you can learn about the Comstock family and history of the Red River Valley. Tours are by appointment only. Visit our site for hours of operation, tour schedules, site experience, and to purchase advance admission: www.mnhs.org/comstock
We can’t wait to welcome you back! Comstock House is reopening to visitors tomorrow, May 29. Tours are by appointment only. See our hours for the season, our tour schedule, what to expect when you visit, and purchase advance admission here: www.mnhs.org/comstock

Members visit free, as always. We look forward to being a part of your summer’s Historic Adventures!
The Comstock House will be opening for tours every other Saturday, starting May 29. Tours are by appointment only. Book your appointment via our EventBrite page.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148236452219

At the present time, masks are still required and tours are limited to 6 guests each.
CANCELLATION NOTICE:

The Christmas with the Comstocks open house scheduled for Saturday (12/14) AND the Victorian Christmas Tours scheduled for next week (12/19) have been cancelled. Every now and then the Comstock House boiler shows its age — and today is one of those times.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

All ticket orders have been cancelled and refunded.
CANCELLATION 8/26/19

Due to the weather, Yoga is cancelled for tonight.
CANCELLATION 8/12/19

Due to the rainy weather, Yoga is cancelled for tonight. We hope so see you next week!
CANCELLATION

Due to a soggy lawn, Yoga is cancelled for tonight (8/5). See you all next week!
We're excited to host A Suffrage Social this Tuesday, June 4. The date marks a century since the U.S. Senate passed the 19th Amendment and sent women's suffrage to the states for ratification. Join us at 5:00pm for ice cream, drinks, lawn games, and a slate of 6:00pm speakers reflecting on women's political histories in the last 100 years.
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