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“Those Were The Days”

Hormel Historic Home
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Austin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in 1871 The Hormel Historic Home strives to preserve the Home and History of the George A. and Lillian Hormel Family. Today, it serves as a house museum and Peace Garden along with a 250 seat Carriage Hall Event Center. Our house museum is open to the public Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm. Adults are $5 per person and children are free. We feature a kid-friendly tour and scavenger hunt.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

Yup. Nowadays it's how fast they can slap together a house. In those days it's was all about craftsmanship. That's the first thing that struck me upon entering the historic home in Austin, MN.

The museum is free, donations accepted. It's not far from the Spam museum and within walking distance. George Hormel, the founder of Hormel Foods has the place built for himself and his wife while attending to responsibilities at the nearby Hormel plant. There are two floors to explore, all decorated within the time period and exemplifies life as it was. The kitchen area was pretty neat with all the porcelain cooking appliances, complete with their custom serving bowls as well.

George's actual little desk he sat at while running the company is there, as well as displays explaining daily life such as the one horse and buggy which they shared was an interesting little story in itself.

Taking in the museum and this mansion we ended up spending a good part of the day doing including lunch at Piggy Blues. Recommended trip if in the Rochester area!

Thank Jeff B
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Reviewed May 29, 2017

Fun to walk thru, get some history and visit with the warm and friendly staff! Even ran into some friendly Kiwannians at noon :)

Thank scottm2020
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Reviewed March 28, 2017

We went on this tour because it was really close to the Spam Museum and we thought it was a waste to drive all the way there spending only at the museum.

The overall tour was interesting. It was very stress free and the staff were great and very helpful. Overall the tour itself was somewhat interesting (if you like old things).

1  Thank kim0mook
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

This home was the only house owned by George Hormel, the founded of Hormel foods, in Austin, MN. The home is beautiful but not extravagant for such a prominent member of the community - in fact, really the prominent member. It is typical of solid midwestern values that are not showy. The foundation that runs it has done a wonderful job of keeping it up, and recently built an event center. It would be a beautiful place for a wedding.

Thank pgl1206
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

Was just there for a wedding ceremony and reception, and the outside ceremony was absolutely gorgeous. Enough space to move, plenty of places to hide the bride until it's time, and the inside for the reception had plenty of space to eat and dance. All in all a good day!

Thank thil1jul
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