Comstock House

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Solomon Comstock established the First National Bank and Moorhead State University and helped James J. Hill build a railroad system in the Red River Valley. 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.

04/15/2020
12/11/2019

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.

08/26/2019

CANCELLATION 8/26/19

Due to the weather, Yoga is cancelled for tonight.

08/12/2019

CANCELLATION 8/12/19

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

08/05/2019

CANCELLATION

Due to a soggy lawn, Yoga is cancelled for tonight (8/5). See you all next week!

05/30/2019

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.

We’re excited to announce that all Minnesota Historical Society historic sites are now members of  #BlueStarMuseums, a n...
05/09/2019

We’re excited to announce that all Minnesota Historical Society historic sites are now members of #BlueStarMuseums, a national program with National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families!

From Armed Forces Day (May 18) to Labor Day (Sept. 2), active military personnel and their families can get free admission at 2,000+ Blue Star Museums around the country, including Comstock House.

Only a handful of weeks until Yoga on the Lawn is back at the Comstock House! Make sure to check out the event calendar ...
04/24/2019

Only a handful of weeks until Yoga on the Lawn is back at the Comstock House! Make sure to check out the event calendar on the Comstock House website to keep in the loop about all the exciting events happening at the house this summer!! @ Moorhead, Minnesota

During the Victorian era, transom windows were commonly used to provide cross ventilation for a building before air cond...
04/16/2019

During the Victorian era, transom windows were commonly used to provide cross ventilation for a building before air conditioning was common. Not at the Comstock house, however, where the only transom window at the Comstock property is located above a door to the back yard shed which is believed to have been the outhouse at one time. The large windows on all sides of the Comstock house could have sufficiently cooled the house most days. One exception was likely July 6th, 1936 when Moorhead recorded a high of 114 F - the hottest temperature ever recorded in the state of Minnesota. No AC and no Moorhead Dairy Queen, it must have been miserable!
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Few people may know that just a few blocks from the Comstock House is another significant architectural landmark for the...
03/30/2019

Few people may know that just a few blocks from the Comstock House is another significant architectural landmark for the F-M area. The architectural gem is the St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Built between 1898-1899 by the famous architect Cass Gilbert, the design of the church displays a mixture of architectural styles. It has a prominent octagonal tower at the entrance of the building. Gilbert is most well known for designing
the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., and many notable buildings.
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Few people may know that just a few blocks from the Comstock House is another significant architectural landmark for the...
03/30/2019

Few people may know that just a few blocks from the Comstock House is another significant architectural landmark for the F-M area. The architectural gem is the St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Built between 1898-1899 by the famous architect Cass Gilbert, the design of the church displays a mixture of architectural styles. It has a prominent octagonal tower at the entrance of the building. Gilbert is most well known for designing
the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., and many notable buildings.
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One favorite detail we like to share with visitors is the detail on the banister of the front entry stairway. The scratc...
03/25/2019

One favorite detail we like to share with visitors is the detail on the banister of the front entry stairway. The scratches in the banister are from buttons of the Comstock children’s clothes from when they used to slide down the banister. Although the Comstocks were rooted in their traditional Victorian lifestyle the progressive way they raised their children during the turn of the century amazes us.

On this day in 1941 Jessie received this postcard from Susie.•“Dear Jessie, In about an hour I leave for the station to ...
03/23/2019

On this day in 1941 Jessie received this postcard from Susie.

“Dear Jessie, In about an hour I leave for the station to board the train for N.C. Have just seen Mrs. Dickenson & Martha, Phila, and Bill Wallwork to the door. They were here for dinner and have now gone over to look at some of the Radcliff buildings with A.A. The time has gone so fast here, I hate to leave - Symphony, concerts, plays, luncheons, dinners. I’ll write more in detail later. Much love, Susie.”
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#comstockhouse #letterstojessie @ Boston, Massachusetts

On March 21 MSUM student researcher and HCSCC intern Rachel Goetz will join us at the Comstock House for an introduction...
03/14/2019

On March 21 MSUM student researcher and HCSCC intern Rachel Goetz will join us at the Comstock House for an introduction to The Comstock Daughters. Rachel will focus on the lives of Jessie and Ada, exploring Jessie's early, adventurous years of travel and teaching; and Ada's successful career in education as the University of Minnesota's first Dean of Women and Radcliffe College's first full-time president.

Drache Lectures begin at 6:30PM and visitors are invited to stay later for tours, conversation, and refreshments from Rustica Eatery & Tavern.

Admission is $5 (Free for Students/Members) and we are limited to 25 seats -- so we encourage you to reserve yours today!
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On this day in 1923, Jessie received this postcard from Edith.•Text: “Carmel - by - the - Sea. We have been with Hapo in...
03/07/2019

On this day in 1923, Jessie received this postcard from Edith.

Text: “Carmel - by - the - Sea. We have been with Hapo in San Francisco and we all motored down here a few days ago. I am at a heavenly spot! Enjoyed your letter avidly and will answer it as soon as I can can fine a quiet hour. Love to the rest of the family, Lovingly Edith Mar. 7-23.”
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Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State University Archives
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#comstockhouse #letterstojessie @ Monterey, California

Today is the day the Moorhead Dairy Queen opens its doors for the season!! Located only a couple blocks away from the Co...
03/01/2019

Today is the day the Moorhead Dairy Queen opens its doors for the season!! Located only a couple blocks away from the Comstock House, the Moorhead Dairy Queen is an iconic business in downtown Moorhead and is one of the earliest franchises of Dairy Queen. It is best known for creating the first Dilly Bar in the 1950s and its full menu of retro Dairy Queen treats. The Moorhead Dairy Queen, unlike most DQ franchises, is able to customize the standard Dairy Queen franchise menu because of a 70-year-old contract that allows the business to have freedom with what food is offered. We are so fortunate to this amazing, locally owned business in our community!

One of the most interesting features that visitors notice at the Comstock House is the Eastlake design. It is a design t...
02/24/2019

One of the most interesting features that visitors notice at the Comstock House is the Eastlake design. It is a design that is found from small details on the hinges of the doors to the architectural design of the exterior. The Eastlake design rejects the large curves and reliefs of renaissance revival in favor of low relief, geometric, and rectangular designs. According to Marvin D. Schwartz's book, "American Furniture: Tables, Chairs, Sofas & Beds," Eastlake design showcases some of the ”first glimpses of modernism" (Schwartz). Viewing the architecture of the Comstock house as displaying early modernist elements certainly changes how you view the house.
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On this day in 1929, Jessie received a postcard from Alice.•Text: “I have been so thrilled with Stanford. I have not see...
02/22/2019

On this day in 1929, Jessie received a postcard from Alice.

Text: “I have been so thrilled with Stanford. I have not seen anything as beautiful since I was in Europe as the chapel at the U. It is indeed a work of art. Have you been there? Alice.”
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Postcard courtesy of the Minnesota State University Archives
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On this day in 1924, Jessie received this postcard from Ruth.•Text: “Dear Jessie: It have been cold all week until today...
02/16/2019

On this day in 1924, Jessie received this postcard from Ruth.

Text: “Dear Jessie: It have been cold all week until today which is hot. We are getting around more, particularly afternoons after the men have golfed mornings, and often have dinner at some wayside inn or hotel. Are you going to be glad to see little Susan?
My love to all of you - Ruth
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On this day in 1931, Jessie received this postcard from AliceText: “Everyday brings new pleasures and Tuesday will be th...
02/15/2019

On this day in 1931, Jessie received this postcard from Alice

Text: “Everyday brings new pleasures and Tuesday will be the day of days. Alice R.”
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Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State University Archives
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#comstockhouse #letterstojessie @ New Orleans, Louisiana

On this day in 1907 Jessie received this postcard from Lin.  Text: “Dear Jessie, I got this card but forgot it. I know h...
02/07/2019

On this day in 1907 Jessie received this postcard from Lin.

Text: “Dear Jessie, I got this card but forgot it. I know how you like the thought of the bluebird. Came on down when you get read Mis. Always room for one more, especially if they are all Columbia has enlisted. Did you know that __ Jackson is now supt. of schools in ___? So Mary Gilbert told me yesterday, you remember him? Lin always
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Happy ✨ModMondays ✨ everyone!! Here is an early modernist sketch of the Comstock House after the house was added to the ...
02/04/2019

Happy ✨ModMondays ✨ everyone!! Here is an early modernist sketch of the Comstock House after the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The sketch certainly gives off some Victorian/futuristic vibes.
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Happy ModMondays everyone!! Here is an early modernist sketch of the Comstock House after the house was added to the Nat...
02/04/2019

Happy ModMondays everyone!! Here is an early modernist sketch of the Comstock House after the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The sketch certainly gives off some Victorian/futuristic vibes.
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We shape our buildings; therefore they shape us. - Winston Churchill........#comstockhouse
01/30/2019

We shape our buildings; therefore they shape us. - Winston Churchill
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The Comstock House recently lost one of its earliest and longest supporters, Jane Loeffler. Jane was an early supporter ...
01/23/2019

The Comstock House recently lost one of its earliest and longest supporters, Jane Loeffler. Jane was an early supporter who helped host events, advocated for the house's preservation, and actively served on the Comstock House Friends for almost three decades. Without the tireless work of Jane and her husband Bob, the Comstock house wouldn’t be nearly what it is today.
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Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State archives
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On this day in 1923, Jessie received this postcard from Edith.Text: “The weather is warm and clear. Have seen no snow si...
01/22/2019

On this day in 1923, Jessie received this postcard from Edith.

Text: “The weather is warm and clear. Have seen no snow since leaving Minneapolis. Every thing looks very fine. Love Edith”
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Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State Archives
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#TBT To another captivating photo by the Forum photographer Herry Jennings of an ornate chair in the house........#comst...
01/18/2019

#TBT To another captivating photo by the Forum photographer Herry Jennings of an ornate chair in the house.
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One of the most versatile materials used in the construction of the Comstock House was beadboard. Beadboard's popularity...
01/16/2019

One of the most versatile materials used in the construction of the Comstock House was beadboard. Beadboard's popularity began in the Victorian era because of its affordability, accessibility, and longevity. It was and still is most commonly used to finish porches, ceilings, kitchens, and bathrooms. Even today, after more than a hundred years after its initial popularity, the use beadboard is still used in construction and can be sourced in almost any store that sells lumber.

#TBT To when the Forum photographer Herry Jenning’s photographed the house in the mid-1960s when the Mrs. Geroge Comstoc...
01/11/2019

#TBT To when the Forum photographer Herry Jenning’s photographed the house in the mid-1960s when the Mrs. Geroge Comstock (the wife of Solomon Comstock's son) was transferring the ownership of the Comstock house to the Historical Society of Minnesota.
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Happy Tintype Tuesday! Here is a tintype photograph of Ada Comstock and some of her friends. Tintype photography was a p...
01/09/2019

Happy Tintype Tuesday! Here is a tintype photograph of Ada Comstock and some of her friends. Tintype photography was a popular form of photography during the Victorian era because of how fast it developed and how inexpensive it was to use. Tintype photography lost most of its popularity by the 20th century but was revived by the 21st century as a medium of art.

Loving the January sun ✨
01/04/2019

Loving the January sun ✨

On this day in 1920 Jessie received this postcard from L. H. M. Burnuhum Text: “Happy New Year - will write soon. Just p...
01/02/2019

On this day in 1920 Jessie received this postcard from L. H. M. Burnuhum

Text: “Happy New Year - will write soon. Just performing - L. H. M. Burnuhum.” @ The Great White Way

Happy New Year’s Eve! We are so thankful for the amazing workers, volunteers, performers, visitors, and supporters of th...
12/31/2018

Happy New Year’s Eve! We are so thankful for the amazing workers, volunteers, performers, visitors, and supporters of the Comstock House. You all made 2018 a terrific year! We look forward to a vibrant and event filled 2019! 🎉✨

When people visit the house they often wonder why there are wood stoves in some of the bedrooms upstairs. Some people ev...
12/27/2018

When people visit the house they often wonder why there are wood stoves in some of the bedrooms upstairs. Some people even guess that the stoves were used to cook the Comstock's breakfasts. Well, the truth is that during frigid winters on the prairie, the Comstocks would use the stoves in their rooms to keep extra warm when the radiators, fireplaces, and furnace would start losing their warmth. @ Moorhead, Minnesota

Today is the last day for Christmas tours at the house! Come and learn about holiday traditions both past and present an...
12/20/2018

Today is the last day for Christmas tours at the house! Come and learn about holiday traditions both past and present and enjoy some holiday treats with good company!

Tour Times: 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:30 PM
Tickets: Members $5 and Nonmembers $10

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506 8th St S
Moorhead, MN
56560

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The Comstock House features almost all original furnishings from the Victorian Era and offers guided full house tours to showcase the warmth of varnished oak, butternut trim, and the ornate, colorful Queen Anne & Eastlake furniture and tapestries that brighten the rooms. Please step back in time with us and enjoy the beauty of a simpler time right here in Moorhead!

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Built by Solomon G. Comstock in 1883, the Comstock House is one of 26 historic sites owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and is managed by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

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