Originally built in 1871, the Hormel Historic Home has become a treasured community resource that reflects the lifestyle and legacy of the George A. and Lillian Hormel family who changed a community and impacted the world. Their home serves the region through meaningful programming enhanced by beautiful furnishings and life stories. Whether your visit is brief or luxurious, you will leave with an appreciation of the Hormel Historic Home history and legacy.
As guests approach the Hormel Historic Home through classic Greek revival ionic columns and an impressively large oak door, they are welcomed into the rich elegance of the early 1900’s era. Through guided narrative or written text, visitors examine how architecture and decor can reflect a person’s lifestyle and a community’s history. Having served as the residence to two prominent families and then functioning as a bustling and progressive Y.W.C.A., the house that stands today has touched the lives of many generations.
The grand home, a mansion if you will allow, welcomes guests with rich woodwork and craftsmanship of days gone by. The golden curly birch hardwood creates a warm entry that envelops the guest. Accented by shades of green and lighted with colorful Quezel glass fixtures, the foyer says ‘you are home.’
The unique features in the home make it an architectural treasure and a reflection of the family’s interests. Their love of literature and poetry is showcased in the cozy and intimate Inglenook. Modest bookshelves frame the brick fireplace and one can imagine a night of peaceful conversation or reading by the flickering glow of a warm fire. The second story bedrooms offered the family, their guests, and later, members of the Y.W.C.A. luxurious accommodations.
In the 7,000 square foot Carriage Hall Event Center, guests are invited to enjoy a meal or snack catered by one of the many local foodservice establishments. Live music, educational presentations, or cooking demonstrations are available to enhance a group’s visit. This additional space was the vision of George A. and Lillian Hormel, but one that was not realized until 2009 when the commercial kitchen and event salons were added. It is now one of the premiere venues for meetings, social events, and lectures in the region.
Outside the home the beautiful peace garden showcases a colorful display of flowers and plants throughout the spring, summer, and fall. It is the perfect location for quiet reflection, a causal stroll, or musical entertainment. It is a downtown greenspace that is a visual pleasure for all who enter or simply pass by.
The Hormel Historic Home is an unforgettable small town mansion that will leave a lasting impression on all who visit. Learn more at www.hormelhistorichome.org.