Frozen In Time: Charles Lindbergh Historic Site [VIDEO]
LITTLE FALLS — This week in our “Frozen In Time” series we stopped out to one small town that has been made famous because of a flight.
Charles A. Lindbergh put Little Falls on the map after he became the first person to complete a solo nonstop flight from New York to Paris, France in 1927. The flight across the Atlantic Ocean landed him the Orteig prize.
Lindbergh’s story started much earlier than that growing up on a farm just outside of the city limits of Little Falls. Although he was born in Detroit, Michigan, he lived in Minnesota from the time that he was five months old until he was 18 years old.
His parents were Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Sr., and Evangeline Lodge Land. Lindbergh’s father was a Minnesota congressman for about ten years. In 1920, Lindbergh decided to go to the University of Wisconsin to study engineering.
His boyhood home was left abandoned after his parents separated. The home was left vacant until the 1927 flight that gave him instant celebrity.
Over the years the Minnesota Historical Society has pieced together furniture, artifacts and information to restore the Lindbergh’s home to its original 20th century integrity.
Melissa Peterson is a site supervisor at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site. She says the majority of the artifacts in the home belonged to the Lindbergh’s.
“It’s about 90-90 percent original artifacts. You’re seeing Lindbergh’s stuff. You’re not seeing antiques that we’ve purchase and brought into the home,” says Peterson.
When you walk into the home you’ll notice that there are no red velvet ropes or barriers that separate you from the antique furniture.
Peterson says, “I think that helps you get a good idea of what it was like to grow up on a farm in central Minnesota almost 100 years ago.”
Lindbergh died in 1974. Before his death he helped the Minnesota Historical Society recreate his home to the best of his ability.
“A lot of us can link adult decisions back to childhood values, lessons and morals. This is where it started,” says Peterson.
The Lindbergh home is open for tours from May through September.