Bunnell House

In 1849, the well-known Chief Wapasha granted permission to his friend, fur-trader Willard Bunnell, to build a cabin on Dakota land at what is now Homer, Minnesota. Within a decade, Bunnell had built another, much finer, home nearby to house his wife and family -- the present-day Bunnell House.

Bunnell House
Bunnell House

An outstanding example of Rural (or Steamboat) Gothic Architecture, the home is built of northern white pine and furnished with items appropriate to the mid-to-late 1800's. Knowledgeable guides walk visitors through three floors of pioneers life, encompassing the historical period during which Native American canoes gave way to steamboats and game-trails became roads and highways for Euro-Americans.

Listed on the National Register, the home was acquired by the Historical Society in 1954.


Bunnell House is located five miles downriver from Winona, just off Highways 14-61, at Homer, Minnesota. The tour season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. From June 1st through September 1st; other times by appointment. Call (507) 452-7575 or (507) 454-2723.



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