John H. Stevens House

4901 Minnehaha Avenue S.
Minneapolis  MN   55417
(located in Minnehaha Falls Park)


'The Birthplace of Minneapolis'

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The Hennepin Hisory Museum


The Hennepin History Museum is one of the Twin Cities' most unique social history museums, offering superb exhibits, an historic mansion setting, and archival collections of priceless scholarly value.  HHM has evolved from the Hennepin County Territorial Pioneers Association in 1858 to the County Historical Society in 1938 to an award-winning history museum embracing a diverse range of cultures and social histories.Their exhibition and education programs have grown from a focus on original Hennepin County settlers to documenting the wide range of people who make up the county today. As one of Minnesota's most rapidly growing and diverse counties, Hennepin includes urban, suburban, and rural communities. You can find all of these stories in the exhibits, library, and outreach programs at the Hennepin History Museum. Located at 2303 Third Avenue South  -  Minneapolis, MN, 612 870-1329.  Click here to visit their website:


Gideon Pond

Gideon Pond House

Gideon Pond, along with his brother Samuel and his wife Agnes, was a missionary to the Dakota Indiansbefore John H. Stevens and his family arrived on the West Bank. Their original mission was located at Cloudman's Village near Lake Calhoun. In 1866, they built a Federal style house near the Minnesota River, where it still stands today.

To learn about Gideon Pond, the house, and their year-round programs, visit their website.  Click here to visit their website: Gideon Pond House


Minneapolis Park and Recreation

The John H. Stevens House is owned and maintained by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Programs are scheduled and sponnered by volunteer community board.


Ard Godfrey House

The historic Ard Godfrey house is located in Chute Square. Built in 1849, the Greek Revival house was the residence for the Ard Godfrey family.  A Maine millwright, Godfrey helped build the first dam and sawmills to take advantage of the waterpower of St. Anthony Falls. He was also the first postmaster of the Village of St. Anthony. Originally built at Main St. and 2nd Ave. SE, the house was moved several times before arriving in Chute Square Park in 1907.

Located in the St. Anthony Falls historic Milling District, the house has been restored and is filled with furnishings and household items authentic to the period 1849-1853.

While the Park Board owns the house, the renovation and operation of the house has been a volunteer project of The Woman's Club of Minneapolis since 1976. Volunteers in 1850s period costume provide tours for visitors to see the Godfrey children's walnut cradle, and the Chickering rosewood piano.

The house is typically open to the public for tours on weekends during June, July, and August; reservations are not required. The public is also invited to the annual 1850s Holiday Party in December and Dandelion Day in May.

The Princess Depot

Originaly built in 1875, the Depot is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society.  Located in Minnehaha Park, the Princess Depot was restored with assistance from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Minnesota Transportation Museum which currently operates the Depot as a museum. The Depot is open Sunday afternoons, Memorial Day through Labor Day, for additional information call 651-228-0263 or at Special tours can be scheduled with advanced notice, please call 1 - 2 weeks ahead and coordinated with the John H. Stevens House.

John H. Stevens House receives no outside monetary support from the County or the Historical Society, so all donations are crucial to the maintaining of our programming and updated exhibits.  We need your support.  Thank you!


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