St. Paul, MN 55102
Open: Year round on Friday and Saturday: 10am to 3pm Day after Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve, Wednesday to Sunday: extended hours for Holiday Season.
Directions: Located one black south on Walnut Street from West Seventh Street.
The Victorian mansion was built in 1872 by Alexander Ramsey, who was appointed governor of the Minnesota Territory 1849-1853 and was elected governor of the State of Minnesota, 1860-1863.
The fifteen-room house of French Second Empire style remained in the Ramsey family for three generations. The original black walnut furniture, hand-grained woodwork, marble fireplace, crystal chandeliers, china and silver, even a granddaughter's dollhouse were carefully preserved. The house was deeded to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1964 by the last surviving member of the family.
Governor Ramsey's daughter and two granddaughters were members of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in Minnesota. In compliance with the will of Miss Anna Ramsey Furness, the governing board for the Alexander Ramsey House must consist of five persons, three of whom are to be NSCDA members. The endowment provided for upkeep of the mansion is augmented by support funds from the Minnesota Historical Society.
In April, the house is reserved for school children. Docents in period dress explain the life and history of the period. The restored kitchen where baking is demonstrated delights the children.