Historic Homes of Winona Street

Territorial Treasures

Historic Homes of Winona Street

Chatfield, Minnesota 55923, United States

Created By: The Chatfield Alliance

Tour Information

Sitting on three stage coach routes within what has been described as the "Minnesota Triangle" (the Mississippi River to the north and east, the Minnesota to the west and the Upper Iowa to the south), Chatfield was a natural location for immigrants during Minnesota's territorial period. In 1856, the Federal Land office was moved to Chatfield, firmly establishing it as a hub of territorial activity and commerce. From 1850-1860 the population of the area jumped from ~5,000 to 170,000 people. It was during this and the following four decades of growth that the speculators, merchants, brokers (and their descendants) built the stately homes you see today.

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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 recogn... Read more
In 1855, Levi M. Bemis moved from Vermont to Chatfield where he become engaged in the mercantile business. Levi did not limit himself to just dry goods however, he expanded his interests into real estate and mortgage banking. As a result of... Read more
Just north of the Bemis home and adjoining Hendrick's Park (Chatfield's smallest park) is a three-story home commissioned in 1888/1889 by Abraham Lincoln "Link" Ober and built by Adolph Pavlish. Rougtly thirty years earlier in 1854, Dr. Nel... Read more
In 1895, Ellen Lovell (widow of Chatfield merchant and financier Charles M. Lovell) purchased the southern third of the Jason C. Easton estate from it's second owner Lucian Johnson. The portion of the estate purchased by Mrs. Lovell contain... Read more
The Cottage, the second home on what was once the Jason C. Easton estate, was built in 1893 by Lucien Johnson, Easton's brother-in-law and brother to Mrs. George H Haven, owner of The Oaks, the adjoining property to the north. Immediately b... Read more
The third and last home on the original Jason C. Easton estate is a virtually unaltered and locally distinctive example of residential Italianate style. It was designed and built for George H. Haven by the Winona architectural firm of Maybe... Read more
The architecturally elaborate house of Milo White was reportedly built in 1883-84 (some evidence suggests 1877) as White entered the United States Congress. A Massachusetts native, White had been a Minnesota resident since 1855 and became a... Read more


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