Explore with Kids: Historic Comstock House

 

Comstock House
Photo credit: Comstock House & the Minnesota Historical Society.

Comstock House

Located in the heart of Moorhead, Comstock House is a great place to take kids to learn about the history of the city and offers a chance to step inside a stately home from the 1800s.

This landmark was a symbol of prosperity in the early days of Moorhead. Architectural firm Kees and Fisk, of Minneapolis, built this large home in 1883 in the style of late Victorian architecture.

Comstock House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a program that works to preserve places in the United States that are of historical significance. And it’s a Minnesota Historical Society historic site that is managed by the Histocial and Cultural Society of Clay County.

The Comstock Family 

Politician and businessman Solomon Comstock and his family built and owned the home. Comstock was one of the first settlers of Moorhead, had a law partnership, served as a U.S. Representative, a banker, and helped bring the railroad to the area.

He played a key role in the overall growth of Moorhead, bringing business and educational opportunities. And through land donations helped establish what is now Concordia College and MSUM. Also his wife, Sarah, worked to start Moorhead’s first library.

While at Comstock House, watch a short documentary film before taking the tour to learn more about the Comstock family and their impact in the community.

Interior of the Home

Comstock House interior
Photo credit: Comstock House & the Minnesota Historical Society.

View the unique architectual details in this historic home as it would have appeared in the late 19th century. Many of the rooms contain original furnishings.

The house includes various types of wood (including black walnut and butternut oak), elaborate chandeliers, and stained glass windows. Contractors used the best resources available from that time to build this distinguished home.

Good to Know

  • Open May 17 through October 1, 2022.
  • Only open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tours start every hour, on the hour.
  • There is a bathroom available, but no food or drinks for sale.
  • There is no parking lot onsite, park on 5th Avenue, just near Comstock House.
  • Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-17, and kids age 5 and under are free.
  • Probably best for elementary age and older kids, there are many antiques and breakable items.

Check out this beautiful historic home, take a tour, and learn more about this pioneering family and the early days of Moorhead!

For more information on upcoming events, check out the Comstock House Facebook page.

And if you’re interested in visiting more local landmarks, check out our post on Historic Landmarks & Museums in Fargo-Moorhead.
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Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.

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