125th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

Thank you to everyone who attended our 125th Anniversary Celebration!

On Monday, October 29th, 1888, Frank Nicolin moved into his new mansion and invited friends and family inside for tours and musical entertainment. This is the original announcement from the Jordan Independent, published on November 2, 1888:


So, Kevin and I decided to do the same thing 125 years later, on October 26th, 2013.


Vis-a-vis horse drawn carriage rides carried riders through the Jordan Historic District, recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, along the route of the Walking Tour of Historic Sites that I prepared with my friend Mara, owner of 225 Water Street. You can see some of the sites along the ride in our post HERE.


Our musical entertainment was held in the front parlor. Lynn Stonehocker entertained guests with classical music on violin and piano. Incidentally, she is my best friend from high school, in Racine, Wisconsin, who introduced me to Kevin! We met at an R-Factor concert, still her current band.


Later in the afternoon, jazz duo Rahjta Ren and Becky Johnson entertained our guests. They drew in an audience with their smooth sounds, inspiring some to dance. If you missed them at our celebration, they perform regularly at The School II Bistro & Wine Bar in Chanhassen.


In the middle parlor, we presented a slideshow of the Nicolin Mansion through the years. It featured photos of the former owners, and the mansion rooms as they evovled. It included images of the mansion after the boarding house era, when Gail Anderson purchased it in 1980. Also, what it looked liked when we purchased the mansion from the Chamberlins in 2003, and during our renovations. You can see the slideshow in our post HERE.


In the dining room we served refreshments. Some gathered around the table with their snacks, like these ladies from the community and Jordan Area Historical Society.


Others grabbed a treat and took a tour through the mansion and the Bed and Breakfast rooms. We included one guest’s perspective of the tour in our post HERE.


It was a fantastic day, and a memorable way to commemorate 125 years of life in this mansion. Thanks for stopping in!