After months of uncertainty the Historic Anderson House in Wabasha, Minn. is finally scheduled to re-open.
Brian and Rachel Yenter of Wabasha closed on the hotel yesterday, December 27, at First State Bank. Their plans are to have the hotel rooms ready for visitors the first of the year.
The hotel closed its doors in 2009 due to financial difficulties, but was known for its Dutch restaurant and the option to have a cat with your room. Under new ownership, however, there will be no restaurant or cats. Instead, the Yenters are going to use the main floor as a living museum featuring actors dressed in period clothing telling stories and demonstrating what life was like “back in the day”. In addition to the museum, there are plans to build an aquarium featuring the wildlife of the Mississippi River; which is located one block away from the hotel.
There will be an open house on December 31, 2011, which will include tours of the building, displays highlighting the living museum and aquarium, cash bar, music, and food from local restaurants. The open house will begin at 2:00 PM and conclude with the ring in of the New Year. This event is free and open to the public.
The Historic Anderson House Hotel opened in 1856 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Until it closed in 2009, the hotel was Minnesota’s oldest continuously operating bed and breakfast inn.