The Historic Dayton House

About Us

The mission of the Historic Dayton House: To preserve the historically significant Dayton House, interpret the community's cultural and social history as told through the lives of the dwelling's residents and increase people's awareness of this heritage by making the building accessible as a public gathering place.

The restoration of the Historic Dayton House was managed by the non-profit group Historic Worthington, Inc., a group established to provide an organization for the purpose of restoring and preserving buildings of historic significance in Worthington, Minnesota.

The Historic Dayton House site was chosen not only for its tie to the famous Dayton's Department Store and its connection to a prominent architect, but also for its ownership by a dynamic man who recognized Worthington's potential. Because of George Dayton's vast activities within the community and the continued ownership of the home by prominent families, we have the unique opportunity and ability to interpret the history of our community.

After arduous planning, generous donations, and intense restoration work, the Dayton House was restored to its grand appearance and is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004 the project earned a Minnesota Preservation Alliance award.

The Historic Dayton House is available to the public as a gathering place for events, tours, and overnight stays.