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LeDuc Estate open on July 4

For the first time since opening in 2005, the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. in Hastings will be open for the July 4 holiday.

This is a perfect place to bring family on a day when we celebrate our nation's freedom. Visitors will learn about how the LeDuc family celebrated freedom, their history, and the history of the house. Guests will also be able to enjoy the chickens, the artistic designs of the LeDuc women in the exhibit "Modern Interpretations of Historic Design," and the beautiful landscape of the woods and gardens.  Tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Regular tour rates apply. For large groups, please make a reservation by calling 651-437-7055 or check the website

The LeDuc Historic Estate and Dakota County Historical Society are participants in the Blue Star Museum Program.  This means that active duty military personnel and their families receive free admission at these sites from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  This is a benefit that could be perfectly used on July 4 at the LeDuc Historic Estate; however, Lawshe Memorial Museum, home of Dakota County Historical Society, is closed on that day.