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The tour, which runs 1-4 p.m., is part of the Goodhue County Historical Society’s 150th anniversary celebration. Chairing the event is Lois Wipperling.

The sites, which can be visited in any order, are:

1121 East Ave., home of Charles and Lisbeth Butler;

818 W. Third St., the Candlelight Inn Victorian Bed & Breakfast, operated by David and Eve Baer;

1105 W. Fourth St., the Moondance Inn B&B, operated by Mike Waulk and Chris Brown Mahoney;

1166 Oak St., the Goodhue County History Center, formerly part of Red Wing’s early medical campus.

The houses all represent people who were instrumental in Red Wing’s early years and development, according to the historical society’s executive director, Robin Wipperling.

Tudor Revival

The Butler home is a Tudor Revival house built in 1938 by and for Dr. Brusegard. The Butlers purchased it from the Brusegard family in 1991 and bought additional land from a neighbor to expand the backyard.

Elements of the Tudor Revival style include graceful arches at the front entrance and some interior spaces along with a street-facing brick fireplace. Hardwood flooring is featured throughout the house.

Some interior remodeling has been done over the years, according to the Butlers. One of the downstairs bedrooms – there were four bedrooms originally – was eliminated to expand the living room. It appears that the house has been extended in both the back to enlarge the kitchen and in the front to create a room.

A highlight of the Butler home tour will be a visit to the large back yard, which Lisbeth Butler, an avid gardener, has filled with flowers and foliage. In the lower level visitors will get a look at interesting items the couple has collected while traveling.

She will be on hand during the tour to talk about the house and gardens.

Classical Revival

The Candlelight Inn dates to 1877, when it was built for Horace S. Rich, who was instrumental in establishing the clay industry in Red Wing. “Like a fine piece of pottery,” the Baers wrote in their blog, “the Candlelight was artfully crafted with supreme attention to detail.”

According to records for the West Residential Historic District, the three-story house is Italianate with a Classical Revival style porch added in the early 1900s. Original features include stained-glass windows, intricate butternut woodwork, and Quezal light fixtures.

The Baers moved to Red Wing in July 2018 and purchased the house, fulfilling a longtime dream. The elegant home, which had become a bed and breakfast inn in 1989, is filled with period antiques and modern amenities.

Tiffany and Steuben

The Moondance Inn, which has been operated by Waulk and Mahoney since 1999, was built in 1874 by Dr. A.B. Hawley. It has some 6,000 square feet of space on three floors plus a finished basement, plus a 1,200-square-foot carriage house that includes an owners’ apartment and a garage.

Spacious, with high ceilings and a sweeping walnut staircase, the house has exceptional woodwork, hardwood floors, the original gilded, stenciled ceiling and chandeliers with Tiffany and Steuben signed globes.

There are five bedrooms, a lobby with fireplace, an elevator, a third-floor space for retreats and meetings, an enormous pillared porch, and seasonal gardens that enable the Moondance to host both indoor and outdoor weddings.

The fourth site on the tour is the Goodhue County History Center, where special activities are planned for the afternoon. Staff will take people who have home tour tickets on behind-scenes tours of areas of the museum that are not open to the public.

Visitors also will have an opportunity to view “Celebrating the Society: 150 Years at GCHS.” The sesquicentennial exhibit spotlights 150 artifacts and images from the society’s collection that explore the stories of some of the county’s most interesting people, places and events.

Cookies and punch will be served at the museum. Anyone interested in opening their home for next year’s tour should leave contact information with staff.

Tickets to the home tour are $15. They can be purchased at the history center, online at, or by calling 651-388-6024. Tickets also will be available at the homes on the day of the tour only. Officials noted that the home tours are not designed to accommodate small children.

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