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15251 Old Children’s Home Road, Welch, MN

Posted by Sue Johnson on March 10, 2016
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70-Exterior Side 2Many have called this home but few have owned this magnificent 34 acre estate.  The “Historic Vasa Children’s Home” nestled in the Cannon River Valley offers the charms of yesteryears. Only 50 miles from the Twin Cities and 40 miles from Rochester via Highway 52.

This spectacular home offers numerous amenities including a private library with rolling ladder, window seats and tall ceilings. Impressively large kitchen with 20-Library 3commercial grade refrigerator and Wolf gas stove. Redwood beams from the old silo grace the ceilings and cozy up to the gas fireplace with brick hearth. Three fireplaces in all, skylights and a few stain glass windows along with a guest house and numerous outbuildings, circular drive, gated entry and 14 new windows!

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For 27 years, from its dedication in 1899 through 1926, this historic house was the site of the Lutheran Social Services Vasa Children’s Home. One of the first private institutions of its kind in Minnesota, the organization cared for orphaned children.



Built in 1999, the three car garage and guest house/mother-in-law suite is fully finished, insulated 56-Guest House 2and heated and offers beautiful views of rolling hills. The apartment/mother-in-law suite is complete with full kitchen and bath, spacious living room with wall Murphy bed and cedar paneling. A red Vermont Castings Stove is a supplemental source for the hot water baseboard heating system.

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The attic (third floor) was used as a storage room during the time the orphanage was open. It wasn’t until it was purchased to be used as a residential property  that the third floor was finished and now hosts three of the seven bedrooms that the home offers.


Hand painted mural in the formal dining room was the work of one of the previous owners. Transom window, hardwood floors and natural sunlight are few of the highlights of the dining room.

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Timeless favorite, the old school house! This would make a great craft/hobby building, private office space or play house. Window boxes and open 88-Barn 1beamed ceiling adds to the charm.  The old red barn can serve many purposes!

Endless possibilities whether it is your private residence, a Bed and Breakfast or a perfect place to hold an event, this home is for you!


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