1850s Holiday PartyArd Godfrey House

The house built by Ard Godfrey in 1849 has the distinction of being the oldest wood frame home in Minneapolis. Godfrey's wife, Harriet, is also often given the dubious credit of bringing the dandelion from Maine to Minnesota (they're weeds, but they also make tasty additions to salads and teas—no, really!). Though the home has been moved several times over the years, the Greek Revival-style structure eventually found a home in 1907 in Chute Square Park, thanks in part to the Woman's Club of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. One hundred years after its last move, the house is still kickin' it, and will be celebrating Minnesota history once again with its annual party. Though the site is generally closed during the fall and winter months, this Sunday the doors open. Parties can take guided tours and listen to live music, all in a cozy setting. Allergy sufferers need not worry: The dandelion celebration isn't until late spring.
Sun., Dec. 2, 12:30-3:30 p.m., 2007

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