Plummer House of the Arts
Plummer House of the Arts Rochester Reviews
A historic house Aug 10, 2011
The Plummer House of the Arts, or just really known as the Plummer House, is a historic mansion in Rochester, the home of one of the early doctors at Mayo Clinic, sits up on the hilltop overlooking Apache Mall.
Most of the time, the Plummer House is not open to public tours, but rather is run by the city Parks Department and is rented out for weddings and other events. However, on Wednesday afternoons (from 1-6 pm) during the summer, it is opened to the public for self-guided tours for $6 per person.
Because it is a facility used for modern conviences, there are things that wouldn't have been there in the time of Dr. Plummer--a huge stove, a dishwasher, modern bathrooms, motion sensor lights, etc. Also in a lot of nooks and crannies and the laundry room, etc, you will find that they have taken to using these spaces for storage areas. Some of the furniture may or may not (I'm leaning towards not) be authentic as you make your way through four floors of the house, they invite you to use the facility--allowing you to sit on the chairs, etc.
If you're looking for a museum-quality visit or an authentic historic step-back in time, this probably isn't for you. But if you'd like a glimpse inside a mansion that you may not otherwise have the opportunity to see or looking for a way to spend a summer Wednesday afternoon, this is a great opportunity.
The grounds are considered a city park and you can walk through the gardens any time during the day.
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