Charles H. Burwell House

The Charles H. Burwell House is a house in Minnetonka, Minnesota associated with Charles H. Burwell, the secretary and manager of the Minnetonka Mills Company located on Minnehaha Creek. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Charles H. Burwell was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1838. He moved to Minnesota in 1874 after his first wife died. He married Mary Carey Durham in 1876, and the family took up residence in the Minnetonka Hotel until his house was built in 1883. Burwell took pride in his house, as shown by the number of photos he took and in the lack of exterior modifications through the years.

The Minnetonka Mills Company had a short but productive milling career. It produced 300 barrels of flour per day in 1881, but as milling companies in Minneapolis became more powerful, Minnetonka Mills was unable to compete, and it closed down in 1886. Burwell then commuted to Minneapolis where he served as a secretary to businessman and legislator Loren Fletcher. When he died in 1917, Burwell had considerable influence in the community.

The house is now operated by the Minnetonka Historical Society, with guided tours offered during the summer.

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