Sunday, April 19, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 19

April 19, 1910 – General Henry Hastings Sibley's home, the Sibley House, is considered the oldest private residence in Minn. Built in Mendota between 1835 and 1836 by a team of more than 100 white and Dakota laborers, the house was made of limestone blocks cut from a nearby quarry. On this date, the house was rescued from ruin by a joint effort from the St. Paul chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Lucy Shepard McCourt, and Archbishop John Ireland of St. Peter's Parish. The house was restored by DAR chapters throughout the state, and was opened to the public on June 14, 1910.

The Sibley House

Sibley House Marker

The first stone house erected in the State of Minnesota by its first Governor, Gen. Henry Hastings Sibley. Secured in 1910 for the St. Paul Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution from St. Peter's Parish of Mendota — by — Mrs. Lucy Shepard MacCourt. Presented to the State Society D.A.R. April 19, 1910.


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