LE SUEUR, Minn.-- To someone passing through the scenic town of 4,000 residents, the Mayo House looks like just a small white house if you didn't know its historical significance.

However this simple Carpenter Gothic style home housed two of Minnesota's brightest minds and their families.

William Mayo, the founder of the Mayo Clinic and Carson Cosgrove, who founded the Minnesota Valley Canning Company, later known as the Green Giant Company resided in this house which has been furnished and restored to appear as it did in the 19th century.

"It's kind of a retro thing. It's like walking back in time and seeing a different culture." said visitor Deanna Rucks. 

It later served as the first Le Sueur Public Library before being added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The structure saw the housing of pioneers during the Dakota War and the organization of the company made famous by its Jolly Green Giant brand.

But it serves as a relic and reminder of how life was more than 150 years ago.

"I think our history is important to us." Rucks said. 

Both men's wives were named Louise and there is a garden next to the house honoring them, complete with the Mother Mayo Statue. But what can we learn from past households?

"Families can eat together, talk together at the kitchen table and that was one point very adequate for people at that time and which should be now." said Frances Rucks, who has visited the Mayo House before and says she would do so again.

But for those not interested in history, the place is decorated for a Christmas tour and the city sits on the banks of the Minnesota River which brings visitors in the summer.

"The Minnesota Valley is beautiful and I think that's what draws people here too and not just the history." concluded Deanna. 

--KEYC News 12