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Prospect House & Civil War Museum

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Address: 403 Lake Ave. N. (HWY 78), Battle Lake, MN
Phone Number:
+1 218-864-4008
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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An unexpected treasure

This building has been a rooming house, resort hotel, a home and now functions as a museum, providing a look at memorabilia from those past years as well as an amazing Civil War... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 December 2014
Ottertail, Minnesota, United States
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Ottertail, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

This building has been a rooming house, resort hotel, a home and now functions as a museum, providing a look at memorabilia from those past years as well as an amazing Civil War collection in the basement with many items belonging to the original builder and owner of the property. The two sleeves of his uniform are displayed, a bullet... More 

2 Thank Ottergirl0
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

You have to go through it to believe it - it's 100+ years of history all in one little house - complete with pictures, letters, and a basement full of civil war items.

1 Thank Strohkr
Battle Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

This collection is an incredible record of civil war history and especially of this one family. What a treasure for history buffs and people interested in learning more about the civil war era from a very personal perspective. Jay Johnson is a wealth of information and he love to share it.

2 Thank smt123
Staples, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

My friend and I toured this historic Prospect Summer house Hotel and Civil War Museum yesterday in Battle Lake, MN. I was very impressed with the amount of memorabilia not to mention all the house/hotel furnishings and the family history. Amazing labor of love for the great grandson of the original civil war veteran/proprietor of the hotel, "Cap" Colehour. The... More 

2 Thank Sandra C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

My friend and I did not know what we were signing up for when we reserved a 2 o'Clock tour. The most amazing peek into a family's life here as four generations preserve their life and their positions....as curator Jay Johnson, with humor and due respect shares the lives of his ancestors, you bring their stories away with you and... More 

3 Thank Cindy M
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

This museum has something for everyone - it's a showcase/time capsule of the Colehour family's lives going back to the 1860's. Curator Jay Johnson is the great grandson of the original owner and can tell you the story behind every piece of furniture, artifact and family heirloom. You can really tell this is a labor of love for him, maintaining... More 

4 Thank mrsdenbob2012
Walker, Missouri
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We toured the Prospect House and were enthralled with the details of the physical evidence that supported the interesting anecdotes from the family member giving the tour. He was very steeped in the background of the house and the people connected with it. We spent several hours painlessly perusing the many items.

2 Thank CharlesNaas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

Very cool museum. A gem in little Battle Lake. Very informative tour guide. Kept 9 and 7 year old boys interested in all of the war memorabilia. Definitely worth the visit.

3 Thank Liz K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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419 reviews
120 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

I enjoyed my visit to the Prospect House. It is a very fun tour, and the historical artifacts are outstanding. It is a casual and fun tour. Enjoy it.

4 Thank amorace

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