Folsom House

Folsom House (HMTK5)

Location: Taylors Falls, MN 55084 Chisago County
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N 45° 24.026', W 92° 39.242'

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William Henry Carmen Folsom, St. Croix River Valley lumberman and land speculator, chose this imposing site for his home in 1854. He, his wife Mary Jane, and their two small sons lived in an open barn on this property to prove up the claim while the five-bedroom home, reflecting both Federal and Greek Revival styles, was constructed. In 1855, after the family moved in, Mary Jane wrote to relatives in Maine, "We shall have plenty of room for as many as will come."

W.H.C. Folsom arrived in Taylors Falls in 1850 and actively involved himself in both the business and community development of his new home. Although he ran a store for 24 years, Folsom also helped operate a gristmill, a copper mining company, a bridge company, and a cemetery association. A member of the 1857 state constitutional convention. Folsom served five terms as state senator and one as representative. In his spare time, he wrote "Fifty Years in the Northwest," which is still a respected source of information on the early years of settlement in the area.

Once a wagon shed and stable, barn, icehouse, chicken coop, outhouse and wellhouse surrounded the main building. Of these, only the wellhouse remains, although the present garage was made with timbers from the barn.

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Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
HM NumberHMTK5
Year Placed1970
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 527076 N 5027493
Decimal Degrees45.40043333, -92.65403333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 24.026', W 92° 39.242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 24' 1.56" N, 92° 39' 14.52" W
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Area Code(s)651
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 331 Government St, Taylors Falls MN 55084, US
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