Twin Cities oldest dweller: the historic Ard Godfrey House

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While Minneapolis and St. Paul form the Twin Cities, Minneapolis holds the distinction of having the oldest surviving building: the Ard Godfrey House. Built in 1848, this Greek Revival frame house originally stood near the bustling Ox Cart Trail. Ard Godfrey, a Maine millwright, played a key role in developing St. Anthony Falls’ water power, making this house a significant piece of Twin Cities’ history. The Godfrey House has a colorful past. It was moved four times throughout its existence before finding its permanent home at Chute Square Park in 1909. Today, it is a museum that visitors can explore.

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