Mayowood was built in 1911 by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, who lived there until 1939. Now, this 38 room historic house is home to an extensive decorative arts collection, gorgeous gardens, and antique furnishings from French, Spanish, German, and American cultures.
Ownership of the Mayowood Mansion was transferred to Mayo Clinic in 2013. Mayo Clinic is currently performing renovations on the mansion and grounds, but the mansion is still open to the public on scheduled tour days.
TOURS FOR THE 2017 SEASON HAVE OFFICIALLY ENDED. TOURS WILL RESUME IN APRIL OF 2018.
Where is it?
The official address of the Mansion is:
3720 Mayowood Road SW
Rochester, MN 55902
If coming from the History Center, West Circle Drive, or Salem Road, drive west on Salem Road. Travel past Autumn Ridge Church and take a quick left turn onto Mayowood Road. Immediately after passing over the bridge over Mayowood Lake turn right, then stay on the right to pass through the beautiful gate and driveway on your left-hand side.
If coming from Bamber Valley Road/County Road 8, travel down Mayowood Road past Mayowood Stone Barn, then turn left before Mayowood Lake. Stay on the right and pass through the gate leading up to Mayowood Mansion.
Who is Dr. Charles H. Mayo?
In order for us to answer this question, we need to give you a little bit of history.
Dr. Charles Horace Mayo was the son of Dr. William Worrall Mayo – a physician that arrived in Rochester, MN in the spring of 1863 to act as examining surgeon for men being inducted into the Union Army during the Civil War. The following year, Dr. W.W. Mayo was joined by his wife and family. One year after that, Dr. Mayo entered private practice as a physician in the growing community.
In the 1880’s, Dr. W. W. Mayo’s sons, William James and Charles Horace, joined the family practice. This collaboration eventually evolved into Mayo Clinic. New doctors with special talents were sought out in order to fill particular medical needs. It wasn’t until the 1920’s however that Dr. Charles H. Mayo, along with his sons Dr. Charles W. Mayo and Dr. Joseph G. Mayo, helped turn Mayo Clinic into an internationally recognized institution known for leadership in the research and treatment of medical illness.
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