Dr. Isaac S. Cole House

Historic Homes of Winona Street

Dr. Isaac S. Cole House

Chatfield, Minnesota 55923, United States

Created By: The Chatfield Alliance


Possibly the oldest home still standing in Chatfield, the brick house was built in 1861 by Doctor Isaac S. Cole. When the Cole family returned to New York in 1872 their interests were sold to local banker J.C. Easton. The home's most recognized features are its color and large frame bay window. Originally it had a second floor balcony with a canopy held in place by slender wooden posts. It has double brick walls and an unusually high foundation which brings in light to the basement. At one point it had three chimneys to keep seven stoves burning. In 1886, J.C. Easton sold the property to the Bolsinger family who ran it as a boarding house. Max Bolsinger and his aunt Jennie Atchison (known to the community as "Aunt Jennie") lived there for almost 60 years.

Margaret Snyder stayed here while she wrote the book, "The Chosen Valley."

This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Homes of Winona Street


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